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Kiingo: The Songwriter Toolkit That Leaves Nothing to Be Desired

Guitar face
Fans loyal

Piano tunes
Drum solos
Torn up clothes

Chords and notes
Feelings emote

And the verse
Rhythmic bass
Well rehearsed

Changing keys
Breaking strings
Show bookings

Flyers, fan page
Late night shows
Tattoos, makeup
Highs and lows

Front men drama
Booze gallore

Song composing
Try online tools
At Kiingo

Kiingo is a new suite of essential online tools for the working musician. It includes everything you need to write your next hit song. From a broad catalog of chords and scales, to ear training tools, transcription, lyric writing resources, and melody and rhythm sequencers, Kiingo has what you need as a composing musician. For lyricists they include an expansive thesaurus with a deep word tree, a rhyming dictionary and well document editors to enter your lyrics. Their database contains over 55,000 chords and 18,000 scales and includes fingering positions for multiple instruments such as guitar or ukulele. Kiingo is your digital notebook for all your musical ideas and inspiration.

Founded by Ross Hartman who studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music and became a self taught software programmer, he brings his passions together in Kiingo. Some packages include songwriters lessons, and the vision of Kiingo is to further develop it into an instructional portal for aspiring musicians. Try out their impressive suite of songwriting tools today.

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Goalfish: Take Command With the Best Online Career Counselor

Your career is moving
But you feel the urge
For something more
Desires emerge

You’ve got brains
And talent too
But your life goals
Are overdue

Cog in the wheel
Or glass ceiling
A constant nagging
Restless feeling

Goalfish will mentor
With guidance true
For personal fulfillment
And career success too

An online career counselor
That will advise
The best path for you
It’s both virtual and wise

Enter your values
Skill sets and goals
It creates a personal map
And tracks achievements and roles

It’s your beacon and compass
To help you achieve
A career that you love
And the rewards you’ll receive

Goalfish is an online career counselor that gives you a personal map and compass to find career satisfaction. Enter your values and background and it provides suggestions about which direction to steer your path along with tangible steps to get there. It mentors you to find the career that balances your values including how much independence, flex time, income, work hours, and personal development time you need to feel successful. It will advise on whether negotiating improvements within your own role is the best path, or whether your current career is a not a good fit altogether. It tracks your career events over time to gauge progress and monitor your achievements.

Cofounded by Katrina Griffith she built a tool to help the 67% of the workforce who are disengaged with their jobs. She wanted to give people a visual tool that helps them better understand their own interests and what they need out of a career. Giving it a personal touch she made sure Goalfish is smart enough to gauge the relationship with one’s current manager before recommending renegotiation of one’s responsibilities. The tool is in fact personal to her. It’s the advisor she wish she had before departing the corporate world to first start a data science & analysis consulting firm, and now launch Goalfish. Katrina’s thrives best with complete independence and is not one to let early morning meetings and a corporate pace hold her back. Currently in Pre-release Goalfish is free for all to use before it transitions to a freemium model by the end of the year. A satisfying career just got simple, with Goalfish.

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Magalix: What You Need to Stop Wasting Cloud Resources

You built an app
And the time has come
To run it in the cloud
Watch it gain momentum

It took diligence
And many late nights
To get it to work
Exactly right

Now you need servers
To handle the load
Balanced and ready
To serve up your code

To deliver the best
User experience
You optimize for maximum
Traffic deliverance

But throughout the day
Although their presence is vital
These fined tuned servers
Sit unused and idle

Magalix is the new
Way you should run
Your app in the cloud
It makes devops so fun

It’s elastic and smart
Gives you just what you need
During peak times it expands
And then it recedes

Load balanced and secure
Easy to use
Load the app container
It does the rest for you

So next time you launch
To get the best devop perks
Run with Magalix
It does all the hard work

Magalix is a soon to be released cloud platform that securely manages your system for you without wasting cloud resources. Its AI-powered system constantly optimizes your infrastructure to its current needs. It will learn your predicted load levels and ensure you have the right amount of load balanced virtual machines available throughout the day. You never pay for underutilized server time due to Magalix’s continuously updated system.

Founded by a team of engineers with many years of cloud expertise Magalix is redefining how IT infrastructure should be managed. Not only does it optimize your server utilization but it greatly reduces the time it takes to deploy. Just load your containerized application, such as with Docker, select a few settings, and within minutes your app will be securely launched online. Magalix is cloud agnostic and works with major providers such as AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. Running your system securely has never been easier and finally there’s an easy way to ensure you’re only paying for what you use.

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Ambytion: The Most Beautiful Pictures and Stories for DIY Projects

A heartfelt dream
An itching drive
The hobbyist
In their garage does thrive

To little fanfare
And no applause
Their craftsmanship
Leaves us in awe

Or model cars
Leather cases
Home built drawers

These are made
By the silent few
Who love to build
Something new

But where to share
Their inspirations
The site they need
Is Ambytion

Custom projects
Unique and refined
Pictures and stories
Tell of its design

For the weekend creative
Or full time craftsman
Ambytion shows
Projects built by hand

Ambytion is a platform for sharing and discovering DIY and other crafts projects. It includes a project management system with a pin board for ideas, a task list to help stay focused, and a mini blog to describe your progress to the community. Its beauty is in the attractively designed project presentation pages that give craftsmen of all types and genres a compelling visual way to tell the story behind their projects. Projects may be how-to guides, or they may just show off the end result of what was made. Project pages tell a fuller story in a more enticing presentation than what can be shared on Pinterest or Facebook. Top projects earn a coveted position on their Exceptional Projects page. Some of the current top projects are a home built canoe and a 12,000 volt surfboard (a surfboard with slick voltage marks burned into its wood design.)

The roots of Ambytion are a DIY project in and of itself. It was built in part from a van converted to a workspace with internet via 4G mobile connection. The van made its way around Europe including Germany, renowned for its engineering, and Finland, acclaimed for its lean and clean designs. Ambytion gives builders and makers a place worthy of their creations to fluidly display and tell the stories behind their projects. We’re still pulling for a project page to be made for the van.

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Lazy Jar: The Most Motivating Way of Using Fitbit to Lose Weight

You bought a Fitbit
To keep the pounds at bay
And track your steps
Each and every day

Be it biking
And jogging too
It knows everything
That you did do

But are you meeting
Your fitness goals
And reaping rewards
It did extol

Or maybe it’s just
A new fitness gag
A high priced promise
While your workouts lag

A change in behavior
Is what you need
To get back in shape
And at last succeed

Lazy Jar
Is a new app
That gives you the chance
To add a little zap

Commit yourself
To weekly goals
And if you miss
You pay a toll

The goal and fine
Are set by you
So choose wisely
Or pay your dues

The payment goes
To charity
It’s some consolation
For failed activity

Lazy Jar
Will help change your state
By using Fitbit
To lose weight

Lazy Jar harnesses the power of negative reinforcement to reach your fitness goals. You commit to six months to meet your activity goals as tracked by Fitbit, and Lazy Jar monitors your progress each week. If you make your weekly goal, great. If you miss then you pay a penalty, 80% of which goes to charity. Users set their goals and penalties so they can make it as easy or as hard as they like. It requires a $30 deposit which is refunded at the ended of the six month period. You can’t quit or cancel under any circumstances or you lose your deposit. Quitting is not how behavior changes.

Founded by visionary software engineers Justin Anyanwu and Marlon Ruiz, they both had trouble sticking with their own fitness goals. Justin was enrolled in kickboxing classes and would lose motivation after a few days. Thus the idea for building a third party Fitbit app to help him stay committed was born. One commenter on Lazy Jar’s Product Hunt page hailed it as the “get fit or stay fat yet charitable app.” When asked about the lack of positive reinforcement Anyanwu says “Fitness is its own reward and Lazy Jar encourages people to make it a natural part of their lifestyle.” As the app’s premier user he notes he’s been able to lower his average heart rate and now feels the urge to be more active. Each and every day Lazy Jar helps him focus on meeting his weekly goals. This innovative fitness motivation app is now available on both iOS and Android.

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FriendsUp: Fast and Easy Phone and Social Media Exchange

You’re at a party
And meet someone
They seem so interesting
Like so much fun

Their friends come over
And soon announce
See ya later
We’re gonna bounce

Off they go
You missed your chance
To chat again
Or catch a second glance

If only you
Didn’t hesitate
You’d be connected
Before it’s too late

FriendUp is
What you need
To exchange contact info
With efficiency

Just a simple scan
Will quickly trade
Profiles and numbers
Before the moment fades

Get FriendsUp now
So you’re ready when
You meet someone you’d like
To see again

FriendsUp lets you connect with people quickly by one person scanning the other’s FriendsUp code. Select your number and/or the social profiles you’d like to trade, scan their code, and you’re now connected. Gone are the days of one person typing in their number and then sending them a text so they have it. Or standing there forever trying to find their Facebook page. A simple scan makes it easy. It currently support phone numbers, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. No word on what it means if they just give you their Instagram. Might not be getting a date out of that one. Hey, FriendsUp just gives you the tools. You’ve gotta make the moves on your own.

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CrossCap: The Authority in Marketing Software for Dynamic Teams

Longevity and exposure
That’s what you need
For your marketing efforts
To make them succeed

Campaigns are run
By separate teams
Each group set apart
From the next it seems

Keeping everyone
On the same page
So goals are met
And progress gauged

Is CrossCap
The leader in
Marketing software
For the teams within

Add your campaign
And initiatives
Define workflows
Make it all cohesive

Customized by
Their software team
CrossCap’s management software
Keeps large groups lean

CrossCap provides marketing management software for large marketing teams to coordinate their many campaigns and initiatives. Its customized solution is embraced by leading retailers including Walmart, Target, and Gap. Beyond providing the best-in-class marketing calendaring solution they also coordinate the practical needs of procuring signage for ongoing in-store promotions. Ever seen a 30% sale sign at the store? Chances are CrossCap helped ensure it was bought, posted, and taken down on the planned schedule. CrossCap handles promotion management from planning, to allocation, change tracking, and project management across disparate teams. Their all encompassing solution saves companies time and money, while giving confidence and insight into every aspect of a marketing team’s initiatives.

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iota: The Best Way to Keep Your Pet Safe and Secure

The night has come
The rain falls down
The children cry
In their sorrows drown

The lights are on
But you feel alone
For Fido left
And did not come home

How could this happen
It can not be
He was right with us
When he got free

Calls go out
But are not returned
No consolation
Hard lessons learned

In this day and age
Of instant mapping
It’s quite simple to
Have real time tracking

iota tracks
By radio
Exactly where
Your pet did go

If only you
Had planned ahead
Fido would be
Safe in his bed

You try to sleep
But the truth takes hold
Your beloved pet
Is out in the cold

iota is the world’s smallest GPS tracker. Weighing in at 11grams it’s the perfect size to attach to your pet’s collar. The a standalone system comes with a durable and waterproof tracking device, a home base tower that has both wifi and radio signals, and a mobile app to configure and track your pet. The signal radius is typically from .5 to 1 mile (around 12 city blocks), with the ability to be much larger depending on the conditions. iota’s tracking device will connect to any home base signal so when others in your community have it you will all share each others’ signals. In the San Francisco Bay area there’s already around 50% coverage. Once set up you can check the map in the mobile app and see exactly where your pet is.

The tracking device let’s you set up a safe virtual fence so you can be alerted when your pet has gone beyond its allowed range. It comes with an activity monitor report, which is essentially a Fitbit for your dog showing you how active it was each day. You can also be notified of any motion at all so you know when your pet is on the move. The real time alerts give you peace of mind knowing your pet is safe.

People primarily use iota to track their pets, but customers have found a broad range of applications for it including everything from bicycles to parachutes. The motion detector alerts are particular helpful for bikes so you know if it moves when its not supposed to. Parachutists use it on their main chute in the event they need to cut away and use their backup. It makes finding their lost chute much easier. The second most utilized application is for what families hold the most dear- their children.

Millions of pets go missing every year. iota is one of the few viable products that can help recover them. From inspiration to Kickstarter campaign, angel investors and VCs each and all want to give you the ability to never lose that which is most precious to you.

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Kadaza: The Most Reliable Start Page for the Rest of Us

It’s the beginning
Of your daily journey
As you browse the internet
You have your favorite
Websites you visit
Your habits are well set

First comes email
Then the news
And social media
The path we follow
Is oft the same
Through the various genres

It will save you time
To bookmark them
So you don’t have to type them in
Then you can easily
And quickly find them
When your browsing does begin

Kadaza is
The most reliable
Home page you can find
Every category
And popular site
Is conveniently streamlined

Since 2008 Kadaza has been home to many patrons of the world wide web. Its comprehensive directory of popular websites across every category gives you quick access to the sites you want to visit. From selecting a custom background to choosing the sites that mean most to you, it makes the perfect browser default home page. Every time you log into the internet Kadaza is there to start your sessions.

Originally featured on Vyteo in 2011 Kadaza demonstrates a longevity increasingly uncommon among startups. Here’s to another ten more years of being the most reliable and comprehensive start page on the internet.

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HubSpot: The Most Powerful Free CRM so Easy to Use, You Don’t Have To

I needed a CRM
To keep track
Of my correspondence
With business contacts

A spreadsheet
Can only go so far
It keeps basic info
Of who they are

But conversations
And status updates
Are hard to manage
And to keep straight

There are many options
That are free
They give you much of what
A CRM should be

But most of the time
You must cut and paste
Every detailed message
It’s such a waste

In other cases
“Free” is nothing but
Once installed
You must pay up

HubSpot is more
Than a CRM
It offers sales and marketing tools
With a special gem

Its full featured suite
Has few rivals
But their CRM
Is free for all

I looked for the catch
The secret flaw
But there were no limitations
No hidden gotchas

Everything worked
Just as it should
I tried to find something broken
But it was just too good

This never happens
It’s rightly absurd
To find a beautiful masterpiece
To keep contact records

I finally gave up
And in defeat I conceded
My flaw count was left wanting
It did everything I needed

HubSpot is the unequivocal leader of free CRMs. You may find them listed innocuously amongst a bevy or mere mortal free CRMs. This is akin to a pro baseball player hanging out in a lineup of little leaguers. There’s no comparison whatsoever. The difference is that HubSpot is not only a superior CRM, but also a set of integrated sales and marketing pipeline tools. Its best-in-class sales and marketing growth stacks command a comfortable fee, and so they offer their CRM for free.

Their CRM, which you can’t pay for by the way, can be used standalone, with unlimited users, for one million records. On top of that it comes with a meaningful offering of features from both their sales and marketing stacks. To be sure their business model is to lure you in with the most glorious CRM you’ve ever encountered and make you drool over their Sales and Marketing software. I regret to report that it’s working, as I find myself wanting to use more of their full suite of tools.

Set up is simple. Register for an account, add the extension to integrate Gmail or Outlook, and then add a tracking code to your website. The extension is one of their secret sauces that makes everything so easy. You can send and receive emails just as you normally might and it automagically adds new contacts and correspondence history for you. Simultaneously it adds companies and associates the contacts with them. HubSpot pulls from its large footprint to populate various company information fields for you. By simply sending emails as you normally would HubSpot updates and manages your CRM for you. And that tracking code on your website? It handles multiple functions, one of which is keeping a running list of prospects of company’s that dropped by your site. The same tracking exists for those you’re in contact with via email.

HubSpot’s marketing package includes everything from full website building, to content creation tools, marketing automation, lead management, email marketing, social media suite, A/B Testing, optimization, custom workflows, and on and on. You can see the full set of services here. The Sales stack includes Gmail and Outlook integration, personalized email sequences, email tracking with real-time open notifications just to name a few. The complete list can be found here. All these tools combine to not only give you a crystal clear crow’s nest view of your marketing and sales efforts, but also instill best practices along the way. All I was looking for was a glorified spreadsheet to track a few conversations, and now I want an enterprise level sales and marketing suite.

The CRM space is like a bunch of guppy fish arguing over whose flippers are bigger. Meanwhile the HubSpot whale saunters over and gobbles them up. I tried multiple well built, well spoken of CRMs, but they have nothing on HubSpot. Don’t let the noise of the standalone CRMs distract you. And don’t think that because HubSpot offers so much that its CRM is somehow too bulky or integrated to fit your needs. Nobody understands the entire sales and marketing cycle better than HubSpot, and so they were able to design a CRM that fits your business needs perfectly. And it’s free for everyone.