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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Make Me Happy – There’s An App for That

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I’ve been a delighted iPhone user since they upgraded the software to have mail / contact / calendar sync with Exchange.  With the 3.0 version of the software, I’m even more delighted.  I’ve had an iPhone 3GS since the day they came out (thanks Ross for standing in the non-line at the AT&T store for me) and – with the exception of the crappy AT&T 3G network – I find new little magic happy things every single day. 

As my app portfolio continues to radically expand and I endlessly fiddle with placement, I thought it might be useful to reflect (and memorialize) the apps that are currently on my first screen.  Here’s goes – left to right, from top row to bottom row.

  1. Calendar
  2. Messages
  3. Maps
  4. IMExchange: Finally, someone got Outlook Task syncing with an iPhone app.  Worth the money.
  5. Camera: Much improved – actually good pictures!
  6. Photo
  7. Weather
  8. Kindle: Yes, I can actually read books on this.
  9. Brightkite: I use this to post pictures to Twitter.  And occasionally log where I’m at.
  10. Clock
  11. 100 Pushups: Damnit – I will get stronger.
  12. FlightTrack: Indispensible when used with TripIt.
  13. Vlingo: Apple Voice Control is good, but Vlingo is great.
  14. iPod
  15. App Store
  16. Settings
  17. Phone
  18. Mail
  19. Safari
  20. Tweetie: I’ve tried them all and this one is the best.

Page Two are my “less regularly used, but at least once a week” apps (like Fandango).  Page Three are apps from our portfolio companies (have you played Mafia Wars on the iPhone yet?  or Vampires?  or used your Pogoplug?)  Page Four is a bunch of random other junk, although I’m pretty aggressive about deleting apps I never use.

I wonder what Page One is going to look like a year from now?  Any gotta-have-em apps that I’m missing that you guys out there in blogland would recommend?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jason4307 Jason Mendelson

    Tweetdeck rocks. Also, it's funny that Apple doesn't have a way to share / be social around their apps. You'd think that you'd at least you could make an "imix" of apps.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ronsfeldman ronsfeldman

    @Jason – totally agree. have been working on solving that problem
    @Brad – some others I love: Facebook, Yelp, 1Password, Accuweather (better than default weather app), Pandora, Read It Later, Remote (for iTunes control), CardStar (stop carrying lots of cards in your wallet), NYtimes, WSJ, Evernote.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/ronsfeldman ronsfeldman

    @Jason – totally agree. have been working on solving that problem….let me know if you know others interested in working on it as well.
    @Brad – some others I love: Facebook, Yelp, 1Password, Accuweather (better than default weather app), Pandora, Read It Later, Remote (for iTunes control), CardStar (stop carrying lots of cards in your wallet), NYtimes, WSJ, Evernote.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Thanks for the recommendations.  I use Facebook and Yelp; will try Accuweather and Cardstar.

  • Raj

    Brad,

    Have you tried the Google app that allows for voice searching. It's kinda cool (and useful).

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Yup – I used it a lot on the iPhone 3G.  I haven’t needed it with the 3.0 software (for text search) and have found Vlingo to be more effective.

  • Jeffrey

    I'd add PixelPipe (send pictures everywhich way online) and Shazam.

    I'll second Evernote.

  • Chris Walton

    Have you tried the RunKeeper application? Basic data compared to Garmin but works well and the website UI is a lot friendlier.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      I like runkeeper as a concept but I don't find it to be very accurate. I also usually don't run with my iPhone.

  • Dov

    Evernote is a fantastic 'memory jogger' app – allows you to create text, photo and voice notes and it then syncs OTA w/ your desktop (at least on Mac it does, can't vouch for PC).

  • Marshall Huwe

    So this is such a simple App, but so gratifying at the same time. CardStar (free). It is for all those dumb reward cards, club cards, etc that you end up signing up for and then never have with you. Always ticks me off because I know I am a member, but never have the crazy things when I need them. Now I just load them all into CardStar and have them with me everywhere. The developer has been very responsive on adding new merchants and it is alway fun to see the store clerks reaction when you have them scan your iPhone screen!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/steve_bergs2127 Steve Bergstein

      I have all of those numbers (on my BlackBerry but before that on my many Palms) in a contact under my name. Not sure what the advantage of having an app for them is (unless it encrypts, too).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/brian_hart1973 Brian Hart

    Interesting that Tweetie is on your "task bar" but iPod isn't.

    Also used pretty regularly for me:
    Midomi ("What the hell is the name of that song?")
    Zillow
    Wordpress
    Pandora
    Air Sharing

  • Bill

    Brad, I was all excited and ready to go and buy my PogoPlug and I got to the site to find they are back ordered. I guess sales are going well. Needless to say, I was disappointed but I will be back to buy one. One question about it, I can stream my music to my iPhone with it right?

    • Andy Arnold

      I recieved my pogoplug earlier this week. *highly* recommended, extremely easy to install and configure; had it working in 15 minutes. I haven't tried streaming yet but there is an iPhone appl available.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Yes, you can stream music on your iPhone.  It’s fabulously well implemented.

  • http://rudymedia.com Deb Robison

    Brad, I can't live without Evernote. I do a ton of research and since it is portable, I can review stuff when riding the bus, on planes, etc. Also, I am an iPod Touch user, so it's great to have access to this content off-wifi. Next would be the NYT app- once it is syncd for the day, there's stuff to read all the time. Two more- NetNewsWire and MLBs AtBat. There is hope for the Rockies this year!

  • http://www.bijansabet.com bijan

    tried to find IMExchange on the app store but it doesn't come up?

    did you have to hack your phone?

  • Clint McCarver

    I use A Personal Assistant by Pageonce everyday. My only complaint is it doesn't show pending charges on my bank account, but having everything else in one spot has allowed me to delete 7 or 8 apps; this leaves plenty of room for updating my first page.

  • Jim B

    Been around a while, but didn't see it in this thread….Shazam may never leave my first page – been waiting for years for the answer to that "…now who is this artist again? question" 15 seconds and I get about a 90% hit rate – not too shabby….

  • Andy Arnold

    Brad, here are my current fav's:

    PhoneFlix (Netflix for iPhone), and DirectTV (prog your DVR from the bus)
    WikiTap (simple wiki reader – i use it to settle arguments while on the bus:)
    The Weather Channel (much better than Weather)
    Flight Control (fun, very addicting game)
    Ski Report
    PayPal (settle up on the arguments that I lost on the bus:)
    BofA (hate the bank, but love the simple, intuitive, quick appl)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AndrewLabis AndrewLabis

    Pocket Informant is quickly becoming my calendar/todo app of choice, and although I can't see the stars that well in Chicago, the astronomer in me likes the Distant Suns app. Sometimes I just like a good "Woo," or cowbell, so I've got the Woo Button and More Cowbell for good measure. And Pogoplug rocks.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce2096 Bruce

    Radarscope – you've got to be a real weather geek for this to be worth the $10 download, but it's real-time doppler radar from all over the US. With the thunderstorms we've been getting in CO this spring / summer, it's been awesome.

    Shazam – best music recognizer I've used on the iphone. I use it to remind me of music that I want to buy later.

    FlightControl / HarborMaster – similar games that are quick and easy to play.

    Kiwi – hands down the nicest wikipedia browser. Formatting of the info for the iphone is top-notch.

    Amazon.com – because it has ready access to my wishlist so if I'm at a bookstore and want to put my hands on something I can. I also use it in the way intended.

    Geocaching – because it's an irregular hobby.

    Zen Bound – a surprisingly innovative game that shows off the graphics capability of the phone.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Thanks – just grabbed Kiwi.

  • Alex

    You may know this, but if you hold down the power button and quickly hit the round button on the face of the IPhone – you can 'screen grab' the current IPhone page (check in your photos for the screen grab). It's a good way to show your fav. apps. to others.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      I didn’t know that – thanks!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ourielohayon OurielOhayon

    Hi Brad

    i am late in commenting but we ve just created Appsfire.com a new iPhone service that allows you very simply to list and share your favorite iPhone app with your readers. We have closed the first wave of invites.

    But if you want to try it just shoot me an email on ouriel AT appsfire dot com

    In addition of a beautiful and friendly blog widget your readers will only have to click on the icons to download the app. Everybody will be happy :)

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/ourielohayon OurielOhayon

    Hi Brad

    i am late in commenting but we ve just created http://Appsfire.com a new iPhone service that allows you very simply to list and share your favorite iPhone app with your readers. We have closed the first wave of invites.

    But if you want to try it just shoot me an email on ouriel AT appsfire dot com

    In addition of a beautiful and friendly blog widget your readers will only have to click on the icons to download the app. Everybody will be happy :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      I’d love to play with it – email coming your way.

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