Tap To Tell

Wish your text messages would get deleted? Try Tell, the new private messaging app!

You know that moment when you wish the message you just sent to your friend would be deleted for good once they read it?

Tell is an app on iPhone that innovates how we send messages to our contacts with specifics that will knock your socks off.  The two biggest features are a Timer and a Deadline for messages that are sent.

Have we been in these situations before where we wanted these features?  I think we can all come up with a few. Business partners, relationships, during the bar extravaganza where too many drinks make for some happy texting?

Let’s say you have a message that you want to send to your friend but you won’t want them to keep it for long. You can set a timer for the amount of time it remains on their phone.  It then deletes off the phone come that time!

The Deadline feature allows you to set a time where if the message is read or not it will just disappear… poof! Gone!  Say what?  Yes, so if you are in a bar and you send a stupid message to someone, you will be confident to know the next morning that the message is no more!

Interesting fact about the creators: This is their very first go in the entrepreneurial ring. A knock out for sure! Co-founders; Marc Lafleur, Jonathan Makrakis, Shaheen & Sam Zangooi, currently have Tell in open testing mode on the App Store, and they have followed the life cycle to the tee, albeit without technical background’s or expertise. This mobile app is built by users, for users, said Lafleur and Makrakis. With their new 2.0 version on the way (more features) and it expected on the Android platform very soon, the 4 partners from Waterloo are moving forward at a pace that most app developers would love to have! Investment opportunity for sure.

Their inception of the idea was quite simple: Wouldn’t it be great to be able to send private messages to friends, and have it delete with no message history? 

Their growth in the idea spawned with real life scenarios and yes I think you thought of a few while reading this article!

Download the app through the App Store and try it out with your friends, and enjoy the experience!

Visit up their sites:

www.facebook.com/taptotell

www.taptotell.ca

Pet Peeve? I see why not!

It has been a while since I wrote a post and yes I will start with a pet peeve of mine… this is a short blog on people and their lack of ability to be humanly communicate. As technology has emerged into a norm and a simple way to avoid having a real conversation, it makes it evident as to who has you as a priority and who does not….

I spent the last few months focusing on me and my work. During this time I came to an awesome realization: “people have little to no integrity anymore”. People have lost their touch to communicate and carry relationships as technology has grown.

So this article goes to all the people who respond with a text when they missed (or didn’t want to pick up) your phone call!
Not sure why but people somehow have this mentality that the person will enjoy a pleasant text of “hey what’s up” or “saw you called” or whatever, when you politely called.

Here is the scoop on showing you care. When someone calls… call them back. When someone emails you…email them back. When someone texts you… text them back. By no means does a call mean text them back. All it does is show the lack of caring that exists in the relationship.

So next time you sit there wondering why you don’t have friends or why your friends have stopped connecting with you think about texting back twice before picking up the phone and calling back!

Hardest Worker?

Let’s see… we are in a new start up… four of us together… we are all working but one person puts in all the hours… while the others do what they can… some of us have to put in the extra ten yards… is this you?

Over the years I have put in many hours into all my start ups. Money has been made and things have been great. I am where I want to be; starting businesses and making money!

But it is sometimes difficult to work with people. They don’t always understand the time and commitment it takes to make things happen. They believe that they are doing enough and beauty sleep is needed. When I am in a start up, the fact is, I don’t sleep. Whether it is the time it takes for me to do things to cut down on cost or whether it is the fact I am so pumped up that I can’t stop to sleep, I am always working.

People don’t always understand it. Most will never understand it. Fact is that I like what I do. It is easy and it flows.

How do I justify putting in extra time, above and beyond everyone else? Simple, I don’t care. Why? I have to make it work. I simply don’t fail! This mentality, I believe, has brought me to the place where I am today.

I run a marathon, plain and simple.

While most are sleeping, I am working on one thing or another… there is always something that needs to get done.

Small businesses are like this. You need to analyze what you are good at, what you lack at and pick what and whom you need to bring in. If you are in a partnership, well clearly one may think they are doing more than the other. I let those emotions bounce of me… there’s no time for it.

But it’s not fair you say?

Isn’t a marriage this way? Analyzing and nit picking at small things need to be set aside.  For me it’s about success… I have to succeed!

Complaining about who does more will not matter in the long run. The goal is success and doing whatever is needed to succeed.

My BlackBerry Z10 Experience

I recently bought the new BlackBerry z10 that came out a few weeks ago. I am a faithful of BlackBerry and have always had one. However, I make apps and have played with most phones. So, some biased can come out of this article skewed towards the BB.

So, what can I say about the new BlackBerry z10?

I love the new phone. It is stellar. It is awesome. It is what I expected; hiccups (not major) but overall satisfaction to the norm that I have come to love and expect from RIM. Overall, I give it a full 7 out of 10.

Why only 7 out of 10?

The phone started off on the bad side partly because the Fido reps are incapable of doing their job and I should have went during the day when a manager was around. They set me up with the new BB and quite frankly it was just my number on it. No transfer of my backups, no mention that they did not know how to do it… heck they didn’t even know how to set up the email.

It took me around 2 hours to fully download the new BB Lync, back up the old phone again with the old software and then transfer it all over. I was upgrading with the Torch and since then realized much easier if you have a Bold and do it in proper sequence.

The phone boasts huge power and you are able to multi-task with simplicity. Don’t ask about the battery, which I am still testing, as it is not that great but you can get a back up battery with a recharger for rather cheep.

I am able to run apps, talk and have fun while on conference calls and everything flows seamlessly. It has caught up to the competitors and I hope to see BlackBerry do bigger and better in the future releases.

Would I recommend it? Yes… try it out for a week and see what you think. I bet you will be surprised. But as with any phone you must first try it to see how you like it and then make a purchase you will be happy about!

Arrogance vs Confidence…PFFFF…

Have you ever been called arrogant? Have you ever been on a wild high of continual success and feeling like there is no turning back? The feeling of just going to be good times from here on out?

I, like everyone else, have my good days and my bad days. I also have my streaks and my ruts. The question is:

How do people perceive you when you are on a high, a winning streak that is flowing and no one can touch you?

My experience that I will share with you comes from a networking event where someone told me that I was “Arrogant” (this happens often especially with girls).  I almost stuttered in my response but not because I was offended but because I didn’t know why the person would through that out. What possible reasoning would a person have to make such a remark when they don’t even know the other person they just met?

As I started to do a memory dump of all the possible reasons, I stopped myself and responded with… its confidence… smiled and continued with… I do things right…

How can someone believe that someone else is arrogant without getting to know them firs? Is this a loss opportunity? I think so! Understanding that the two can be confused is one thing, not trying to learn the difference is another thing, which I conveniently call ignorance.

Let’s face it. Running a marathon is fun and games until you start doing well in it. Then you start to boast about how awesome it is and once you get committed you boast about how you have become so good at it and maybe it is time for the iron man. You start to give advice and spew confidence of all the right things you have done to improve.

Is this arrogance?  I think not!

Best example I can provide is with the resent success of Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens. Look at the success this man has had. He pushed and pushed his team to victory.

Moral of the story is… there is a difference between the two. If you are confident don’t shy away when someone calls you arrogant. There is a list of things we can say to these people who assume you are arrogant. Fact is, confidence will prevail in how you conduct yourself.

I don’t live life to the fullest… what should I do?

Recently had someone ask me the question, “I don’t live life to the fullest, what should I do?” and quite frankly didn’t know how to answer. So I have pondered it for a while and here goes. I asked what is it that they need right now in their life and they said “enjoyment”. The following question was simple to ask but hard to answer… what does enjoyment mean?

I realized over the past few years that life is simple. Life becomes difficult when we get stuck in this process of emotional un-attachment to our inner selves. We want something but how do we get it especially when we don’t know what it is we want.

What about Soul Searching?

I think not! I don’t believe in this process of searching for one self’s inner being. I don’t believe in searching for something that we don’t know how to find. Why? I am a logical, realistic person who believes that life brings you to events based on previous decisions. I have sat and pondered while doing the whole soul searching adventure and I realized until I try things out I won’t know what I like.

So what did I recommend to this person?

Make a list of things you don’t want to do… and simply don’t do them (Just like the commercial).

Focus on doing anything but those. Opportunity arises for something, ask yourself:

Is this something I don’t want to be doing?

The simple fact is that if you know you won’t want to be doing it then it won’t make you happy to be doing it. So how can you live your life to the fullest if you continually do stuff that you don’t like to do?

Getting rid of these will immediately change your life.  Trying new things involve patience and time. If you are in a place where you don’t want to be, change where you are by moving to something that isn’t on your list of things you don’t want to be doing!