Alarmy: This reimagined alarm app has alarm tones thatgradually increase in volume and prompts you to do thingslike shake the phone and solve math problems to makesure you’re awake .
Basecamp 3: This hassle-free project management appis based on the philosophy that “simple is better.” Forgetenterprise features; you’ll just find to-do lists, a calendar,chat, and document storage. It’s simple, flexible, andreliable, with an until-the-end-of-the-internet policy.
Lime: This scooter rental app modernizes public transportation. It’s an awesome way to get around when I’m ina new city. I can just add money to my balance and rideinstantly. Lime is my preference because of its awesomecustomer support.
Otter: Otter provides AI-based transcription of phone callsand video chat. I use it to brainstorm ideas for clients andside projects, because talking things out is better thanwriting things down. It has a very generous free-foreverplan, but it’s also affordable if you need more than 10hours per month of transcription.
Product Hunt: This app is the ultimate directory ofstartups. Product Hunt is my way of keeping up with thehigh-flying world of Silicon Valley. Every day, the beststartups and side projects are upvoted to the top of theleaderboard for all to see.
Voxer: This web-based two-way radio is how I keep intouch with my team. It works just like a walkie talkie, but itsaves your conversations. It’s very useful for keeping trackof things.
YouMail: This robocall and robomail bouncer is the most effective, free app I’ve found for repelling spam calls. It screenseach call against a user-generated database and plays a fake“number disconnected” notice to spam numbers.
Location: Bangor, Maine
Bio: Nathan Sykes is a teen entrepreneur, best-selling author, and
TED talk speaker. He runs Howdy Interactive, which he likes to
call an “all you can eat” marketing agency. Find him at