When it comes toĀ Trello, the problem isnāt that Trello is simple itās that Trello is too simple. At first I really loved using Trello, but after a couple of weeks I started to get annoyed ā why canāt you do that? Why arenāt there time reports or integration with CRM? And the Gantt chart fiasco? Forget about it. The good news is that there are a ton of alternative project management solutions out there, most of which are free. Here are my three favorite tools to replace Trello
Bitrix24 vs Trello ā if you do a lot of collaboration, work with documents a lot and want a complete solution.Ā Bitrix24Ā is 100% free for small teams (12 users) and comes withĀ a full range of PM toolsĀ ā tasks, check lists, Gantt charts, workgroups (projects), task reports, calendars, work reports, time management and even absence chart. The most powerful thing about Bitrix24 is that it is aĀ collaboration suite, so it makes it really easy for teams to do everything (including document management) in one place. Bitrix24 also comes withĀ free CRM that integrates with project management, something that neither Asana nor Wrike offer. API is available. Another important advantage workflow management thatās done with a native business process designer. Naturally, there are mobile apps available for iOS and Android. Who it is for ā GEEKS or ADVANCED USERS. Bitrix24 is extremely easy to use, but not necessarily to set ups ā because itās very technical and geeky, countless options. In my (biased?) view ā Bitrix24 is the best Trello replacement, especially since itās the only solution that gives you both options ā use it online or host in on your own servers.
Asana vs Trello ā both solutions are very visually oriented, which is good for newbees, but immediately limits āprofessionalā use. Like Trello,Ā Asana is free for all practical purposes, so thatās a significant advantage. Asana used to be free for 30 users and the limit has been lowered to 15 free users. This may change at the time you are reading this review. Like Bitrix24, Asana is geared toward a more structured project management (i.e. top down management). Asanaās collaboration features, though not as rich as Bitrix24, are also geared toward getting things done (pardon my pun).Ā Asanaās text driven interfaceĀ is also more familiar and easy to work with for most folks, in my opinion. Who it is for ā small teams of REGULAR FOLKS with moderate PM demands. If Trello is too simple, but you arenāt the type who reads books about project management, GTD, Kanban, Agile āĀ Asanais perfect Trello alternative for you.
Wrike vs Trello ā these two are hard to compare. Itās kind of like a boxing champion beating up a third grader, not that hard to do and not really an accomplishment for the boxer.Ā Wrikeis an ubergeek PM platform. Itās not free, in fact itās somewhat expensive and has been in continuous development for over 6 years. Most Wrikeās clients are very large companies with very specific demands, so itās very flexible can be customized, though not necessarily easily, if your coding skills are poor.Ā API is available. Wrike can be integrated with MS Projects and Apple Mail, has advanced task filters and supports dashboard with custom widgets. Who it is for ā LARGE COMPANIES and PM UBERGEEKS. Wrike is PM ubergeek dream come true. It really shines if you have company with hundreds or thousands of employees who run tens of thousands of projects. I believe that Wrike has recently publicized the fact that they have one single client (a very large transnational corporation) who has created over one million projects using Wrikes platform. You canāt do that with Trello. If your company is small, however, you best chose between Bitrix24 and Asana, because not only WrikeāsĀ freemium option is limited to five users, it actually comes without some basic PM features, like Gantt charts, which are available only use premium users. My guess is that this is a deliberate decision by their marketing team to attract only large project management literate clients who can take advantage of otherwise awesome PM platform.
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Tucked in a warehouse a mile from the Las Vegas Strip, a handful of employees cut, grind, sand and polish glass ā turning tourists’ trash into treasure.
It’s the business of bottles, and there’s certainly no shortage in Las Vegas. The Strip’s 24-hour party cycle sends scores of empty liquor, wine and beer bottles to the trash, much of it destined for burial at a landfill.
The demise of this perfectly good glass troubled Steve Cherry, founder of Bottles & Wood, a new Las Vegas-based company that repurposes discarded alcohol bottles.
“The last thing we should be doing with these bottles is crushing it and filling a landfill,” he said. “That does nothing for anyone.”
His business idea didn’t start in Las Vegas, though. A Southern California native, Cherry began repurposing glass water bottles to make candleholders for a friend’s restaurant. Customers approved of the new decor and asked where to buy it.
A sudden demand for the unique glassware got Cherry, a former software executive, thinking: Could this little side business be the start of something greater?
“I was like a shop guy when I was a kid,” he said. “Never thought I was going to make a living at it.”
Fast forward to July. That’s when Cherry moved his burgeoning business into warehouse space with a view of the Strip on the west side of Interstate 15. He pays 40 cents a square foot to rent the space and, so far, employs a dozen people.
“There are more liquor bottles coming out of this one-mile Strip than in Southern California,” Cherry said, explaining his rationale for moving to Las Vegas. “It’s an enormous anomaly.”
In a sense, his business model emulates the actual recycling process: He takes unwanted glass bottles from Las Vegas establishments, repurposes them and sells the new products back to wholesalers, tourists and locals. His glassware, ranging in price from $7.50 to $50 per piece, can be bought online or in gift shops.
Have a favorite liquor brand? There’s probably a product made from it. Drinking glasses made from Grey Goose vodka bottles line one display shelf. Across the way, there’s a light fixture featuring glass from a Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle. Other products include candleholders, candy bowls, wine tumblers and jewelry.
Cherry said his company was pursuing trademark licensing agreements with major liquor brands.
“We don’t put any logos on anything we do,” he said. ” We just take existing product and repurpose it.”
The “wood” part of the company name refers to a similar venture in California’s wine country. The company’s San Francisco factory takes old wine barrels and creates products, such as cheese trays and cutting boards.
In Las Vegas, Bottles & Wood has received discarded bottles from the Mob Bar, Bar + Bistro, Triple George and Krave, to name a few, Cherry said. He’s working with Strip properties but can’t yet disclose their names.
It’s an opportunity Cherry calls a “win-win-win” for all involved. Bottles & Wood pays establishments 10 cents to 50 cents per bottle of liquor or specialty beer, he said.
“The hotels pay by the ton to have their glass hauled away,” he said. “So if we take away a ton a week, it’s less money they pay.”
Cherry also views his new company as a way to make an impact in Nevada, a state known for its scarce environmental laws. He hopes to offer tours of the Las Vegas factory to school groups.
The 58-year-old admits his new venture is a far cry from software company boardrooms ā and the ocean, for that matter. He’s an avid sailor.
“I thought it was time for me to give back to the community,” he said. “Doing software is horribly financially rewarding and empty in every other sense of job satisfaction.”
Just don’t ask about his favorite drink. It’s water, he says, laughing as he looks at all the repurposed alcohol bottles surrounding him.
“I’m not a hard liquor drinker,” he said. “I do enjoy my tequila once in a while.”
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All venture capitalists have got startup business plans piling on their desks every single day. But how many of them are the breakthrough ideas worth investing in? Australian BigCommerce has proven right to the Massachusetts based venture capital firm General Catalyst. āWe quickly signed up our first 1000 customers within three months,ā says Eddie Machaalani, the co-funder and co-CEO of BigCommerce, āand now weāre about to hit 20,000 customers after just 17 months.
Mitchell Harper, the other co-founder and co-CEO, explains āyou can set up your own online store in a few clicks. Weāre growing so quickly because weāve made it really easy to sell online.ā
If youāve got a product and you need an easy way to sell it and advertise it, BigCommerce might be exactly what youāre looking for. All the marketing tools have been built in and the list of features is countless which targets all potential kinds of client s.
There are e-commerce newbieās looking for tools to start with: web-based control panel, automated email marketing and almost one hundred store designs. There are e-commerce owners hoping to update and refresh their software with push to Facebook and eBay, SEO and Google Website Optimizer. And there are website designers looking for a ready platform to work with; theyāll look into painless software updates, unlimited design flexibility and premium hosting. To cut the long story short, BigCommerce has got everything for everybody.
The company overview does sound like a clichĆ© online success story. Two IT geeks, a brilliant idea, a lot of hard work, right place, right time, huge demand and a spot on investor. (General Catalyst have also believed in BigFish, airbnb, iWalk and many others). This is how Eddie Machaalani speaks of the beginnings of their cooperation. āWhen we made the decision to raise capital and did our U.S tour to pitc h different VC firms, General Catalyst had already done a ton of due diligence on the market opportunity, our company and our competitors. They were very eager to invest in the company.ā
BigCommerce have recently announced $2M integration fund to follow the market developments and create new better features. The software has now got built-in Pinterest and Quickbooks integration, referral system, a live chat, abandoned cart plugin and many other improvements. They tent to release new features every two weeks.
The software seems to be ahead of its competition (Shopify, Zencart, Magento) according to various online discussions, blogs and comparisons and is only getting better and smarter. E-shopping cart is gaining the whole new meaning. And what does it mean to you? Only one way to find out. (Here is a link for $100 coupon or 30 day free trialĀ provided by BigCommerce for our readers).
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The explosion of the Internet, including increasing mobility not only in socialization mediums and work options, has heralded vast communication and networking possibilities. This opening likewise heralded better opportunities for maintaining long-distance affairs. Through various social media like Facebook, WeChat, Instagram, Viber, Skype, Twitter, and others, meeting people from abroad and developing relationships even with individuals from separate areas of the globe and actually making such a relationship succeed holds more promise than ever.
However, marriage between, say, an American, while the partner, the partnerās family and friends are all the way in Chile, can be a wedding planning pain. What with the multiple cultural barriers to top off the basic language and monetary ones, organizing such an event and making it convenient for everyone from different nationalities involved can be a trying task to accomplish. In this, Javier Calleja and Guillermo Fernandez discovered a niche. After discussing their own international-marriage organizing woes, the management consultants formed their idea for their startup.
In February 2008, a few months after brainstorming and pooling their resources together totaling EUR 200,000 (USD 274,000), Calleja and Fernandez launched the marriage website, Zankyou. Zankyou offers an online wedding platform for planning, designing and organizing a gift registry or personal webpage for clients of various nationalities. The Madrid-based Zankyou is available in 10 languages and has been used by more than 250,000 couples in as many as 19 countries to organize their weddings.
The startup makes money by charging for creating an online registry where spouses-to-be have a central platform for all their loved ones and other wedding participants, bridging the gap between continents. Additional fees are also collected from services that allow guests to buy and send gifts or money to the marrying couple.
As convenient as this business idea is, itās not the first to offer the same type of services. The founders confess that their biggest challenge has been to convert clients from already established wedding sites such as Wedding Wire and MyRegistry.com. The key to their success, according to Fernandez, is their competitive pricing strategy.
In 2013, Zankyou was able to break even at EUR 1.5 million with revenues estimated to reach EUR 2.5 million this year, making the wedding site profitable.
[Via -Ā MadConomist.Com]