Airtable

Michael Tchong Innovation

We live in a smoke and mirrors world. The global technology industry is worth north of $3.5 trillion. Yet its foundations rest on six of the most uncreative software companies in the world. Which is why it’s fun to use a truly innovative application, Airtable (free for less than 1,200 records). One software outfit with a market cap of $65 …

CRM on the Mac

Michael Tchong Reviews

Things haven’t gotten much easier since our 2013 update, the Mac continues to be very weak in database management, especially in CRM-type solutions. Managing contacts is an arduous task on the Mac, particularly in the area of seamless integration with social networks. There are a few rays of sunshine. Apple has broken its tradition of rarely updating its Contacts app, …

Google Inbox

Michael Tchong Innovation

With the average U.S. business executive spending 3.2 hours daily on work email alone, it’s no surprise that email is the bane for many. After many years of stagnancy, email innovation if finally accelerating. In 2015, Google Inbox became available to the more than 5 million businesses that use Google Apps for Works. The Verge put it best, “using Google …

Sketch

Michael Tchong Innovation

You can’t call Sketch an overnight success. Its creator, Pieter Omvlee, has been working on it for 10 years now. But what Sketch has achieved in that timespan is truly noteworthy. Sketch, a Mac only software, has become “quite the darling among design teams right now.” A formidable ecosystem of templates and plugins outpaces that of Adobe Photoshop in areas …

Slack

Michael Tchong Innovation

Slack launched in August 2013 and one year later it had already attracted 1.1 million users. By December 2015 that figure had reached 2 million users, 570,000 of whom were paid accounts. With that type of heady growth, it’s no surprise that Slack is a Silicon Valley “Unicorn” — scoring its last $160 million venture capital round at a $2.8 …