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AppMakr Launch: The Craziest Week Ever + Paul Graham's Famous Graph

As many of you know, PointAbout launched AppMakr this past week.

And it has been the craziest launch I have ever participated in.

I don't have a lot of time to write now, since we're still working until 4am to handle the rush.  I'll write some updated blog posts later dissecting the launch and what we as a team have learned from it.

But suffice it to say that the amazing launch press we've gotten sums it up, including TechCrunch, Mashable, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Robert Scoble, Geoff Livingston, and many others.  Complete press list below.

These are the points I'll be delving into in more detail later:

As many of you know, PointAbout launched AppMakr this past week. And it has been the craziest launch I have ever participated in. I don't have a lot of time to write now, since we're still working until 4am to handle the rush.  I'll write some updated blog posts later dissecting the launch and what we as a team have learned from it. But suffice it to say that the amazing launch press we've gotten sums it up, including TechCrunch, Mashable, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Robert Scoble, Geoff Livingston, and many others.  Complete press list below. These are the points I'll be delving into in more detail later: Outsourcing finally pays off for small businesses, including the following ones, which saved us: - posterous - cotweet - zendesk More on the value of Twitter: - cotweet - speed of support Lessons on going with your gut How to be fast & efficient in your work, including: - taking screenshots - keyboard shortcuts - cinch - textexpander - quicksilver Press Mentions: TechCrunch: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/01/06/appmakr-make-your-own-iphone-apps-for-just-two-bills/ Mashable: http://mashable.com/2010/01/04/appmakr/ MobileCrunch: http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/01/03/appmakr-transforms-app-store-landscape-enables-anyone-to-make-their-own-iphone-app/ Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/01/now-available-on-an-iphone-app.html Robert Scoble: http://scobleizer.com/2010/01/04/part-i-hot-startups-to-watch-in-2010-2/ Guy Kawasaki: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2010/01/how-to-make-an-iphone-app.html#axzz0bfyLOMYD Geoff Livingston: http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/2010/01/04/appmakr-makes-iphone-apps-accessible/ TechMeme: http://www.techmeme.com/100104/p72#a100104p72 (2/3 down the page) MediaPost: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=119935&nid=109352 KillerStartups.com: http://www.killerstartups.com/Mobile/appmakr-com-create-mobile-apps-without-being-a-pro AppModo: http://appmodo.com/9308/make-your-own-iphone-app-with-appmakr/ TECH Cocktail: http://techcocktail.com/home/2010/01/06/appmakr-launches-easy-mobile-app-creator/ The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/06/AR2010010603681.html Mobile Marketing Watch: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/appmakr-aims-to-make-everyone-an-app-maker-4861/ BizReport: http://www.bizreport.com/2010/01/apps_for_everyone_with_pointabouts_appmakr.html Geek.com: http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/make-your-own-iphone-app-for-199-2010015/ iFun.de (German): http://www.iphone-ticker.de/2010/01/05/appmakr-verspricht-schnelle-iphone-apps-fur-jedermann/#more-9205 One last thought is the phase we're entering now, which was referred to by Paul Graham as the "Trough of Sorrow".  A business has a large initial spike in traffic, then it takes awhile to really work the kinks out and get traction.  Here's a screenshot of the graph he drew on a whiteboard, and our traffic below:

How to use Evernote: Managing Your Bills

On Mike Dariano

I hate delaying things, and especially paying bills. I don't take my shoes off before walking around the house if I'm bringing a bill in from the mailbox. Nearly all of our bills and payments are now done online and here's how we manage them.

First I've created a notebook in Evernote labeled Bills. Anytime I pay money for something it goes into this notebook.

Within Bills I can find everything I've paid. For labeling I include the type of bill in the note title and the date it arrived to me in parentheses. I also take a picture of the bill. A lot of people online suggest scanning these documents but I've found that simple images from my iPhone 4 are clear enough for me to go back and find important details. The second note - my OPlates registration - is just the confirmation copied from their site. Evernote really makes it easy to copy those confirmation numbers that are a jumble of letters and numbers.

Finally, once I take a picture I'll include how I paid the bill and when that payment is scheduled to arrive. I do a lot from my iPhone so usually the note will say "Payment scheduled from iOS to arrive on 1/21".

Saving these Bills to Evernote has been a wonderful experience because now the mail gets sorted immediately upon entering the house and we have a lot less paper.

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