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Welcome to our new Blog!

 Hi everyone, We wanted to welcome all of our users to our new home for everything Producteev : new features, tutorials, use cases, market updates… This is also the right place to get directly in touch with the Producteev team, along with our forum at UserVoice : http://producteev.uservoice.com, and our prolific Twitter account : http://www.twitter.com/producteev. Enjoy!

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Meet Jerome and Carolyn: New iOS Engineer and Community person!

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Jerome:

What do you do for Producteev?
I joined Producteev 1 month ago as an iOS Engineer. I’ll work on the Producteev iPhone app and on a “another-ios-device” app. I’m very excited about all this !

Where are you from?

I’m from Marseilles in the south of France. A very pleasant city near the Mediterranean sea, with the best soccer team !

Favorite Food ?
Chicken Fresco from Fresh&Co ;) I’m kidding, I would say Italian Food in general. I hope #Seamless will help me discover new food !

What is one way that helps you be more productive/motivated?
Users ! When I work on something it’s for them, user satisfaction and experience are the two things that keep me motivated.

What do you do in your spare time?
There are so much cool things to do when you’re in the Big Apple ! Let’s say I love hanging out, discover the American culture and meet new people… Oh, and I try to never miss a soccer game of Marseilles !  I was also a local organizer for Startup Weekend in France

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Carolyn:

What do you do for Producteev?
I am Producteev’s new Community person.  I am very excited to work here and I enjoy all things technology.  I formally interned at Tutorspree as Marketing Coordinator.

Where are you from?

I am originally from New York, but live in Chatham, N.J

Favorite Food?

I like all food but if I had to choose I guess I would pick ice cream.  I also love cheese and all dessert.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy making art, hiking and playing with my two cats.

What is one way that helps you be more productive?

A side from using Producteev ;-), I find that yoga and running help me think more clearly and organize my thoughts making me accomplish more at work and all day.

 

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Meet Jerome and Carolyn: New iOS Engineer and Community person!

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Jerome:

What do you do for Producteev?
I joined Producteev 1 month ago as an iOS Engineer. I’ll work on the Producteev iPhone app and on a “another-ios-device” app. I’m very excited about all this !

Where are you from?
I’m from Marseilles in the south of France. A very pleasant city near the Mediterranean sea, with the best soccer team !

Favorite Food ?
Chicken Fresco from Fresh&Co ;) I’m kidding, I would say Italian Food in general. I hope #Seamless will help me discover new food !What is one way that helps you be more productive/motivated?
Users ! When I work on something it’s for them, user satisfaction and experience are the two things that keep me motivated.

What do you do in your spare time?
There are so much cool things to do when you’re in the Big Apple ! Let’s say I love hanging out, discover the American culture and meet new people… Oh, and I try to never miss a soccer game of Marseilles !  I was also a local organizer for Startup Weekend in France

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Carolyn:

What do you do for Producteev?
I am Producteev’s new Community person.  I am very excited to work here and I enjoy all things technology.  I formally interned at Tutorspree as Marketing Coordinator.

Where are you from?

I am originally from New York, but live in Chatham, N.J

Favorite Food?

I like all food but if I had to choose I guess I would pick ice cream.  I also love cheese and all dessert.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy making art, hiking and playing with my two cats.

What is one way that helps you be more productive?

A side from using Producteev ;-), I find that yoga and running help me think more clearly and organize my thoughts making me accomplish more at work and all day.

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Interview with Producteev user @tonymorganlive!

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Tell us about yourself
 I’ve been married for 20 years. Emily and I have four kids ranging from ages almost 7 to 17. I used to be in local government. I was a city manager. In 1998, I transitioned into church ministry. I’ve worked for three large, fast-growing churches each with several thousand people attending. It was through those experiences that I began writing and speaking to leaders. In 2009, I launched my own business to provide consulting and leadership coaching.
What do you do?
  I’m the founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Tony Morgan Live, LLC. We help leaders and organizations get unstuck. The solutions we offer include consulting to help organizations get healthy and have highly effective leadership teams. We also offer leadership coaching. Of course, most of the engagement I have with leaders happens through the daily content we deliver at TonyMorganLive.com.
  How do you manage your busy schedue?
 Well, I mentioned I’m married and a dad to my four kids. On top of that, I’m in my third year of launching my own business. I’m very involved in the ministry of my church. And, I’m active with social media to stay connected with leaders throughout the world. I’m always busy, but I’m super-committed to staying healthy. That begins with setting priorities. My faith comes first. My marriage and family come second. Making money to put food on the table comes third. Staying healthy begins with priorities, but it’s executed through systems. The systems are where Producteev comes in.
How did you find out about Producteev?
 I found Producteev when trying to search for a solution for task management. I needed a web-based solution that provided access on my Mac computers and Android phone. I was also looking for something where I could track all my tasks for family, ministry and business. The bonus feature that I really love in Producteev is the ability to delegate tasks to different people depending on the “workspace” I create. As a leader trying to empower other people on my team, this has been a real important feature.
How does Producteev help you?
 I’m always explaining to leaders that “Teaching has the potential to shift thinking, but systems have the potential to shift behaviors.” Because of that, systems are very important. Producteev is flexible to support my task management systems. And, like I said, I can use that system with other people on my team. That’s the advantage over many other task management solutions that are available. My favorite features include the ability to assign tasks, create separate workspaces for different areas of my life, use labels to group like tasks, set up recurring tasks, and sync tasks across my Mac, my Android phone and my Kindle Fire.
 What do you do when a task is overdue?
  If it’s overdue, my first question is, “Do I still need to do it?” Many times a task ends up in the overdue category because it’s not a priority. When that’s the case, the best option is to use the delete button. The next question I ask myself is, “Who else can do this?” Again, most of what I do is empower other people. Leadership isn’t leadership unless it’s released to other people. Finally, if I determine it’s still my task, I prioritize and reschedule the task for the future. Of course, all of these filters are easy to implement using the tools built in to Producteev.
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[Guest Post] How did I use Producteev to Write & Publish a Book

This guest post is contributed by Producteev user Doreen Bloch, an Entrepreneur & Author whose new book “The Coolest Startups in America” was just released to the public.

People say that ideas are easy, but execution is difficult. When I started penning my book, The Coolest Startups in America (find it here on Amazon) last year, I had a simple thesis: there should be a book that introduces people to startups. But in practice, it was not so straightforward. To write and publish a book, there are hundreds of moving parts and dozens of players. I also used wordpress to help me write and save blogs. I also love that I can use WordPress speed optimization to help me speed things up.

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After six months of writing and hours of interviews (Producteev CEO Ilan Abehassera included!), my idea for The Coolest Startups in America book became reality, available to delight readers around the country on the best startups in the nation. As I reflect on my process, there was one tool with me at every step. That’s right, my Producteev account.

Here is how I used Producteev to move my project from goal to reality:

1. Use Producteev to Brainstorm

Inspiration can come from anywhere. I used my Producteev account to collect quotes, notes and images that would be useful in the writing process. Because Producteev focuses on cross-platform fluidity, I was never pigeonholed into using Producteev.com specifically, instead adding to my account on-the-go via Producteev’s iPhone and iPad apps.

2. Use Producteev to Land an Agent or Publisher

I decided to pursue finding a literary agent and publisher early on in my book-writing process. Because Producteev allows multiple Workspaces within each account, I could keep my writing work in one Workspace and use another for the purpose of securing representation.

While Producteev won’t magically get you interest from an Agent or Publisher, it can help coordinate your outreach. As a first-time author, agency names and publishing houses were esoteric and niche, so I used each “task” in Producteev to store notes on the organizations. And, for each Publisher rejection (happens to every writer like a right of passage), Producteev lifted my spirits because I could cross a name off the list to see a pretty green check mark indicating that I was only getting closer to my goal, never farther from it.

3. Use Producteev to Organize Research

Over a span of about two months, I conducted 50+ interviews with startup CEOs, government officials, academics, thought-leaders, and journalists for The Coolest Startups in America, so staying on top of scheduling could have become a fiasco. Not so with Producteev! Rather than create calendar alerts for checking in with PR reps and sources, I could schedule reminders within Producteev so that the contact information, notes, interview questions and scheduling for each person remained centralized.

I also put Producteev’s labeling features to good use. With 72 startups featured in the inaugural volume of The Coolest Startups in America, organized into 18 categorical sections, colored labels helped to keep the content tidy so I could easily navigate around the tasks for the many chapters.

4. Use Producteev During Editing

When it came time to involve my editor in the book process, Producteev was a gem. I could “assign” chapters to my editor as I finished working on them. If there were items within the chapter for me to review, he could seamlessly assign the task back to me within Producteev.

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5. Use Producteev for Publicity

Among bookers, producers, articles, friends & family outreach, volume sales (Plug: Want to order 10 or more copies? Email me for a discount code! ;) and more, there is so much for authors to do after the writing process is complete. No matter whether an author decides to use a traditional publisher or go DIY, book promotion always has the author in the driver’s seat. Producteev is helping me stay on top of publicity for The Coolest Startups in America. In fact, I’m off to cross off the to-do item for this article right now; using a spreadsheet is so last century.

Producteev was named one of “The Coolest Startups in America.” Buy the book to find out about the best new companies around the nation in the first-ever mainstream book about entrepreneurship.

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Author Doreen Bloch is an entrepreneur & writer in New York City (hometown: Palo Alto, CA). Her first book “The Coolest Startups in America” was released in February 2012. She is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and a former Analyst at SecondMarket, where she worked on the auctions for shares of Facebook Inc. and other leading private companies. Her personal website is http://www.DoreenBloch.com.

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Producteev launches new apps for Android, iPhone, Web and Windows!

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NEW YORK, NY, January 24, 2012  – Producteev, a leading cross-platform task management provider for teams and individuals, today unveiled a slew of new apps that are more hyper-connected through cloud services, desktop OSs and mobile devices. Now available as a web app, iPhone and Android mobile app, and Windows and Mac desktop app, Producteev is moving closer to its goal of enabling universal task management. Today, people need to create and store tasks across a multitude of platforms, devices, services and locations from email and IMs to voicemails and notes, traversing cloud services and sites on work-based PCs to personal laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Leveraging the cloud, Producteev’s new apps sync, capture and manage tasks and to-do lists across the broadest list of platforms, devices, cloud services, and locations.  

 

Android App : Download here : https://market.android.com/details?id=com.producteev.android.alpha22

Note: it’s a public beta, we know the app is not full featured yet, but it’s already a VERY good start, and will keep improving from now on.

 

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iPhone App : Available here : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/producteev/id306289289?mt=8

New UI, new back synchronisation engine (no more sync issues!), new features!

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Windows Desktop App : Download here : http://hostedapps.producteev.com/windows/producteev-windows-v1.zip

First app on Windows Desktop, let us know what you guys think!

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New Web App : 

New UI, new features like sub-tasks, printable task lists, integration with TaskRabbit, cross-workspace notifications, cross-workspace search, new onboarding process for teams, and so on and so forth. Just log on and try it out!

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This is what we’ve been baking for you guys for the past few months, hope you like it!

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NYTM remembers Steve Jobs: VIDEO #NYC Mayor @MikeBloomberg

“You have the power to make New York City the global capital of innovation and entrepreneurship” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Tech Meetup (NYTM).

 

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Student/User Profile: @MattMurphyMSWym: Inspirational Blogging Jokester

Matt Murphy was always one of our strong advocates, so we decided to interview him, to learn more of how he used and continues to use our services. Matt is an inspirational youth worker by day, and a super blogger/jokester by night! But ah- that didn’t stop him from obtaining his MSW from Adelphi University and a M.Div. from Denver Seminary.

How did Matt do all this?!? Haha, of course with Producteev!

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Pre-Producteev

Before using Producteev, Matt used a combination good old-fashioned pen and paper, and iCal- which worked quite well for him with small projects. As the responsibilities starting piling on, he came to realize that he needed something that would help him organize and make timelines. 

Prior to joining, there were several incidents that took place, which led Matt to realize that he needed to spice things up with his task management. He wrote us, “Once I didn’t realize, but the system had an error and asked me where do I want to sync my tasks and calendar from. I clicked the wrong button and poof!  Right before the busiest time of the season I lost all of my tasks (assignments) that were due in all of my classes then and there. Missed the due date on one assignment, scrambled and had to spend all that time re-entering all my data again.”

Syncing data across platforms and new computers proved to be challenging as time went on, and Matt decided to look for Productivity software on his iPhone. One of his buddies heard of this, and was quick to enthusiastically suggest Producteev. Matt has been hooked since then.

The Awakening
Matt was quick to learn how to maneuver Producteev, and is a fan of each update that is rolled out which is “making it better, not more complicated.” He also appreciated the fact that he could create a workspace for each aspect of his life, “It gives me the ability to see them all or just focus on one task. Additionally, being able to tag and prioritize tasks helped me either do a particular urgency of a task first or find the one that I needed to get done.”
He soon noticed a difference in his execution of tasks, especially those outside of school. He loved that he could set guidelines and timetables to assist him with completion. Matt found that he was able to multitask better across jobs and classes in his seminary. When it came to schoolwork, Matt would “organize using the tags to group by class and then look at everything by date. By noting which ones were bigger (by giving them a higher priority) I knew if I needed to focus on a task later in the calendar first, rather than a task in the immediate future.” As less tasks were falling through the cracks, Matts level of confidence was increasing.
Happy Ending
Matt continues to use Producteev with great success, and recommended it to several people. He even blogged about his love for it! Matt clearly made great use out of what Producteev has to offer through many phases of his life, and it helped shape him to become the inspiration that he is today. That’s right Matt- you keep on #winning!
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Geek Rendezvous Game Night # 2

Attention old school gamers & geeks! We’re co-hosting our second Geek Rendezvous NYC meetup with Loosecubes next week. That’s Monday, October 10, 2011 7-9pm.

Come hang & win! Geeks who attended the last rendezvous and played charades had an absolute blast. Twelve of them actually *won* something, and the next winner could be YOU!

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In it to win it

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Strategizing is serious business

Now if only our upcoming Game Night coincided with Comic-Con! That would make it even more awesome :D

Photo credit: Eva Blue

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