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  • Why Tracky Is Trying To Help You Collaborate and Be More Productive

    • By dan
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    • Monday, September 17, 2012

    “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it." - Simon Sinek

    We’re a busy species.

    Whether it’s in coworking space, a library, or a local coffee house with free Wi-Fi, I see people juggling more they can handle everyday. And yet, it’s less than they wish they could accomplish.

    I see them on their phones, tablets, and laptops. I see them with twenty-seven open tabs across three different web browsers. They’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and on Pinterest — all while they’re updating their latest to-do list in their Moleksine, and catching up with Mom on FaceTime.

    It’s nuts. We’ve completely redefined the term “renaissance man (and woman)” by juggling more items than ever, and yet, most of us are still not satisfied with our level of productivity. Most of us waste too much time cleaning up email inboxes, our Dropbox folders, or re-prioritizing our to-do lists.

    Why?

    We have all this technology, all these ways to connect, to manage, to stay on top of our personal and professional lives — and yet, we fall short. You would think that with all these apps and tools we’d be set by now, but we’re not. Instead of enabling us, these new management tools end up crippling our time by forcing us to learn and manage the tools themselves.

    This is what the team at Tracky thinks about every day. No seriously, every day.

    Tracky wants to help simplify your life. To help you manage all three circles of your life in one platform: personal, professional, and social.

    We’re in the same boat. We’re building a startup while working together remotely from five different geographic locations. We’re virtually managing meeting times and notes, pioneering ways to share documents and presentations, and trying to find ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness within our team.

    If this all sounds familiar, then I welcome you to try Tracky, and it’s not because we’ve figured everything out. It’s the opposite, actually — we need your help in building the ultimate productivity and social collaboration tool. So sign-up, check out our FAQ Videos if you need some help getting started, and let us know what you think with the Feedback button in the lower right portion of your Tracky screen.

    I promise, we’ll listen, and do our very best to incorporate your needs into the platform for all our Tracky users to enjoy. Hopefully together, we can build something that lets us all spend more time being creative and productive, and less time re-prioritizing our priorities.

  • Tracky Hack Week Two: Board Meetings and Vegas Sunsets

    • By dan
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    • Monday, August 20, 2012

    In case you missed our first Tracky Hack Week write-up, our hacks are when we bring in all the team members from around the country into Tracky headquarters in Las Vegas. We build, we strategize, we eat, and we laugh a little. Okay, we laugh a lot. Here's a little look into our second hack week.

    It's always a little nerve-wrecking to meet your board of advisors and directors for the first time. I'm not sure why, they all ended up being great people once we got to know them. Regardless, I think you feel nervous because you want to make a good impression on the good folks who donate their time and their dollars to make sure our startup keeps chugging along in the right direction.

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    Tracky HQ, where palm trees meet technology

    Our board is filled with some success stories too. Maybe I felt anxious because they've "done it" and we're still trying to "do it." Or, maybe it’s because I read their bios before I arrived in Vegas, and realized how lucky we were to have them.

    Our board is filled with everything from Vegas entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the way data is managed, to someone who changed used-car buying forever. There are members who know numbers so well they've written books on the subject, and guys who are as so seasoned at building startups, that now they simply do it for fun. We even have someone with the sixth most listened-to radio show as an advisor. Not to mention that two of these folks are also amateur pilots.

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    The Tracky team huddles around David Gosse’s strategy session

    Despite their accomplished careers, our board was all ears and smiles during our first board meeting. They met the team as each of us presented what our roles were, and how we want to see Tracky grow. They got to see glimpses of our v3 launch plan, and some side projects we're working on specifically for organizations.

    They had feedback, sure, but all of it was helpful and encouraging. The one thing that resonated, was their overwhelming excitement for seeing Tracky v3 launched. Don't worry, we're equally if not more excited to launch as well.

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    Burgers man, really good burgers

    After the board meeting, our second Tracky Hack was similar to the first. The team got tighter, we worked on strategy and building, and we ate (a lot). We’re getting closer to launching the version of Tracky that we all want and talk about, and you’ll notice subtle changes to the Tracky platform as we roll them out week-by-week.

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    Classic. I can’t believe I fell for it

    Our Tracky Vegas family grew a little bit too. Sarah Evans and her family are officially living in the heart of #vegastech, where she can help build Tracky into the ultimate social collaboration tool. Her young son Kashton is also loving Vegas, and has become the youngest baby to ever win the World Series of Poker. Just kidding, for now.

    Oh yeah, we also got these!

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    What? You want one? ;)

    Until next time, keep on Tracking! ;)

  • [VIDEO] The Future of Social Collaboration With Tracky's Chief Evangelist, Sarah Evans

    • By dan
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    • Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Our very own Sarah Evans was interviewed on the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, KSLTV about the future of social collaboration. Naturally, they chatted about how Tracky makes your life easier in more ways than one.

    Enjoy the banter about getting things done between Sarah and the newscaster in this three minute clip! Then, go check of some Tracks, geez! ;)

  • Tracky Hack Week: Bring Your Startup's Team Together, and Do Work Man

    • By dan
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    • Thursday, July 12, 2012


    Track Stars — Photo: Mike Manzano

    Technology

    It’s great, right?

    Technology enables us to connect to one another in ways we never imagined. Like others, Tracky has a team that is spread throughout the country. From our headquarters in the heart of VegasTech, to an island in the middle of the Pacific, and a few other states sprinkled all over. Heck, we're even in Canada, eh? (Sorry Canada, bad joke).

    Like the great Johnny Cash, Tracky is everywhere, man—and that's a good thing. We pull inspiration and creativity from our team's favorite places, and that diversity is poured into the Tracky concept.

    What is the Tracky concept you ask? It’s a product that helps you connect and collaborate with amazing people, so that you can finish and share your amazing work. And when the work is done, you can use Tracky to plan amazing experiences in your personal life—amazing huh?

    The Tracky Team

    You guessed it, we're also part-time models — Photo: Evan Nagle

    Here is a list of the entire Tracky team on Twitter.

    Tracky's fearless leaders David and Jennifer Gosse, used their super hero powers to network, research, and put together a team that would build a product to solve all our technology woes. They wanted honest, hard-working technology lovers who could think outside the box. But when they couldn’t find any, they settled for us.

    They chose the person, not the location, and because we're scattered about—we're the perfect test case to build the ultimate social collaboration tool to help teams work virtually. And while we all use Tracky to build and work (along with some group Skype calls), there's really nothing like getting together and cranking stuff out.

    So, we launched Tracky Hack Week. A week dedicated to bringing the whole team to Vegas to strategize and build (and eat). Here's a peek at some of the hacking that went down.



    Seriously, we ate our faces off — Photo: David Longnecker

    The Tracky House

    Tracky House — Photo: Sarah Evans

    Before we all arrived, Jennifer, Tracky's Co-Founder and CMO, asked all of us whether we wanted to get a hotel or a house. She posted a survey using VegasTech’s Wedgies, and we all somehow agreed that a house would give us a lot more opportunity to jam on Tracky stuff in a creative way. I think we were right.


    D&D, dining and developing — Photo: David Chat

    The house felt huge, even with most of the team staying there. It gave us the peaceful nights we needed to recover, and the meeting areas we needed to do work.



    Sarah vs. The MacBook — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    The pool, the ping pong table, and the mini-golf course didn't hurt either. Okay, so it was just a putting green at first. But it's amazing what a little creativity and some bricks can lead to.


    Mini-golf, Tracky style — Photo: David Longnecker

    After all-day work sessions, we would relax by the pool and eat some amazing barbecue courtesy of Tracky's Founder and CEO, David Gosse. But every night without fail, with a bottle of delicious scotch, we fell into a relaxing yet extremely productive strategy session about Tracky's growth and direction. Basically, it was the team getting together and dreaming up what Tracky could be.



    Late night jam session — Photo: David Chat

    Those were my favorite parts of the Hack Week for sure. Well that, and the times we all were trying to figure out how to restart the internet whenever it went down.



    The files are in, the computer? — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    The SuperNAP

    When we weren't playing and working in the Tracky castle, we frequented other amazing workspaces. Thanks to Rob Roy, his incredible team, and his generous investment into Tracky—we were able to work in the Star Trek-like work station, inNEVation, that they're building close to the SuperNAP, the largest data center you'll find on the planet Earth.

    Sure, the security is fairly tight in those parts, but they did let us snap a photo of their theatre, where folks will be able to host conferences, presentations, and various video game competitions (no seriously they have a PS3 hooked up to a ginormous screen).



    Tracky meetings are tough — Photo: Jennifer Gosse

    Besides the datacenter (which is so awesome we launched Tracky there), Switch is interested in helping diversify the local economy by making inNEVation a small business coworking space (and the soon-to-be Tracky headquarters). It's not finished, but take it from me, it will be just as jaw-dropping as the datacenter. Keep an eye out for updates from Switch, and if you're in the Vegas area, I highly recommend you check out the space. If you don't, we'll send this guy after you.



    Happy developer — Photo: Dan Zelikman


    Camping, Reflection, and Dreaming Big



    A little outside those flashing lights from the strip — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    One thing stood out more than anything else during the Tracky Hack, and that was our camping trip. I never associated Las Vegas with beautiful scenery or the outdoors, but man was I wrong. David and Jennifer drove us to one of their favorite local spots, Mt. Charleston, which left us all in awe of VegasTech’s softer, more relaxing side.



    Setting the mood — Photo: David Chat

    We cooked and ate over a fire, and we realized that some of us were pretty good at throwing a football, and pretty bad at playing badminton. After some fun and games and a little too much smoke inhalation from the fire, we sat down and chatted about our vision for Tracky.



    Tracky’s CEO David Gosse, lead off with the importance of Tracky’s company culture and finding the right team. He told us that we would be okay for now, but that he’s looking into replacing us with iPhone 5’s powered by Siri. — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    We talked about some of our favorite brands and startup books, and the things that we could take away from them. Zappos, a Vegas icon, was mentioned often. We felt like Tracky could learn from their hiring process, their focus on customer service, and their dedication to company culture.



    Andy Edinborough basically coded the first version of Tracky all by himself. Which is strange, because he admits to learning all his coding skills from the film, The Social Network. — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    Apple is impossible to ignore when you’re talking about strong brands and impactful products, so we knew there were elements there that we had to incorporate. Even our competitors, Basecamp and Wunderlist were mentioned. We knew we had to learn from their strengths, but it was even more critical to not repeat their mistakes.



    Connect, Collaborate, Share — Photo: David Longnecker

    One by one, everyone talked about the Tracky product and our team. We talked about the technology, the design, and how we’ve been communicating the product to our users. We talked about analytics, optimization, and digital and social marketing.



    Chief Octomom Evan Nagle (he codes and writes and stuff), shared his passion for the way we work at Tracky. “This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time, and I hope our work can help others find a similar creative freedom.”

    But most of all, we talked about how much we enjoyed the last few days. How we really got to know one another, and realize how similar our visions for Tracky all were.



    Tracky’s Chief Evangelist and PR social media strategist Sarah Evans, see’s Tracky as the next evolution in the social web. “It’s all about the ability to post meaningful content, and share it in a way that really connects with the audience. Connect, collaborate, share.”

    We realized that we were on the same page in terms of frustrations with technology overload. Too many apps, websites, and logins to remember. Too many conflicts when it came to collaborating with people all over the world. Things need to be simplified, and technology needs to be set aside so that people could get back to being creative.



    David Chat, our UX Designer extraordinaire, just realized that Tracky had nothing to do with track and field athletes when this photo was shot. Regardless, his goal is to find a way to find the most efficient balance of features and simple design, so that Tracky users can focus on creative projects instead of managing task lists all the time. — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    We know that we’re taking on a lot, potentially more than we can chew. But that’s why all of us chose this project, because it’s both necessary and difficult. Productivity and social collaboration are going to be key elements for the new professional, and the Tracky team would love to help you by providing a tool you’ll love.



    Cheetos, Fritos, and Doritos. Our Chief Mobile Magic Mike will work for amazing mobile app designs and delicious potato chips. He plans to do exactly that with Tracky’s mobile platform. — Photo: Dan Zelikman

    We’re going to keep building and improving, and we hope that you keep helping us by using Tracky and telling us what you like and don’t like. We’re building Tracky for you, the new professional, the busy Mom, the student working on your biggest project yet. We want to save you time by eliminating email clutter, and connect you with other do’ers so that you can get things done. And then, we hope you’ll share your work with us and the world.

    Connect. Collaborate. Share.



    Kashton Evans is the true brains behind the Tracky operation, but splits his time as a full time movie star and boy genius. He says you better use Tracky, or he’ll unleash his epic cuteness (which may or may not include Spiderman pajamas).  — Photo: David Longnecker

    Still want more Tracky photos? I guess we can’t blame you, I mean, look at us! For the full Tracky Hack photo set, see below.


  • Meetup — Hawaii Tech's Finest Give Feedback on Tracky Beta 1.0

    • By dan
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    • Friday, August 10, 2012

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    Playing mentor, judge, and sponsor at Honolulu's Startup Weekend was fun, but we were dieing to hear feedback from the teams who began using Tracky during the fifty-four hour startup build-a-thon! We decided to head back to Hawaii, and host a meetup with some drinks and snacks to talk about Tracky—and to hear about the future features our users will need to keep them social and productive. We're building Tracky for you folks, so if you don't like something (or if you LOVE something), please share your thoughts with us!

    Don't ask me how, but we attracted the winning teams from Startup Weekend Honolulu, employees from Hawaii's largest coworking space The Greenhouse, as well as other entrepreneurs, designers and developers who were eager to chime in and give us some feedback. Okay, if you ask me, I'll tell you that offering Tracky shwag helps, but I think we're just lucky enough to have a product that folks love! ;)

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    So after about three hours of chatter with breaks for eating pizza and grabbing drinks, here are some the things we learned (I paraphrased at times, just so you know):

    1) Public vs. private access is critical. "Tracks in Tracky needs to be simple to understand, simple to change, and simple to share—and only the Tracks I want to." Teams shouldn't be nervous about sharing projects they want to keep private, but on the otherhand Tracky needs to make it simple to share your updates on projects.

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    2) iCal integration. We heard folks say, "The tracks I'm working on need to be easily integrated with iCal or Google. It will help me bring my team onto Tracky and integrate the platform in my everyday task schedule."

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    3) Milestones. "How can Tracky better manage team milestones and deadlines so that when I finish my portion of a project, my team member knows that I'm waiting on them to finish theirs? We're looking for something seamless to keep our team moving forward efficently and effectively."

    4) Some folks said that it would be helpful to be able to export the discussions in Tracky into a text or email doc. "This way I can download all the attachements into a zip file and do the same with the discussions." A few people in the room thought that this feature was heading in the wrong direction. It's on our list to look at but I'm still undecided. For those of you who need to download all the attachments in a Track at once, that feature is up and running. Enjoy!

    5) "Understanding how I can use Tracky for both my personal and business life needs to be more seamless when I first begin using the platform." Yes! But this one is easier said than done. We're working on a newer, cleaner interface, and we'll be uploading tutorials to our Training Center regularly. Keep checking back!

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    Right on Hawaii Tech, thanks for the feedback. We'll get cracking! Aloha for now.

  • Tracky Mentors, Judges, and Sponsors Startup Weekend Honolulu

    • By dan
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    • Friday, August 10, 2012

    When we heard that Honolulu was having their Startup Weekend and encouraging entrepreneurs, developers and designers to build something in 54 hours, we knew we wanted in. Luckily for us, we've got Tracky team members all over—including Honolulu.

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    The teams gearing up for day two.

    If you're not familiar with the concept of Startup Weekend, it's bascially a gathering of entrepreneurs that pick a concept, break into teams, and build something in 54 hours. Think more beta or conceptual product, and less business plan. These teams have to prove their concept, but more importantly they are judged on their execution under an extremely tight timeline. It's a really rad experience and I highly reccomend looking one up in your neighborhood.

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    This team locked down their "creative corner" for the whole weekend. No desk space required.

    Tracky was built for exactly this type of situation. Tight timelines, a competitive atmosphere, and a team of people who just met. A lot of these teams were using email, Skype, Google Docs, and Dropbox to stay organized—others were getting more and more frustrated with technology getting in the way. They just wanted to build, to be creative—not to worry about how they were going to organize all their assets and where.

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    I really dug the winning team's (Whowillsee.me) mantra.


    When I told the teams they could organize all their resources, tasks and social collaboration on Tracky, I saw a lot of relieved faces. We saw teams like Tealet, PartyMD, and LinkedOut using Tracky to get their project up and running. The designers and developers all uploaded their portions, while the managers kept things moving forward by checking off tasks and milestones. It was awesome to watch do'ers utilize our platform in such an efficient way.

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    "Dialed in."

    After all the dust cleared, three winners were chosen. They hussled and built their way to the top three. Congrats!

    1. Whowillsee.me?
    2. Tealet
    3. LaughPop

    But there were also seven other teams who owned finished products, and were just as excited to be a part of the experience. Startup Weekend isn't just about the winners, it's about throwing away all your excuses, teaming up with some awesome people, and building something that solved a problem. Our hope is that more and more people continue to participate in these great events, and hopefully they'll use Tracky to be a bit more organized and effective. :)

    Until the next one...

    See the entire slideshow and a video from the winning team below:

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