Shameless and Shameful

I tweet frequently about our portfolio companies’ products. It’s a little shameless and shameful at the same time. I get annoyed when others do it so I don’t know why I still do it. But whatever.

The main reason why one would get annoyed is two-fold. First, there’s an obvious financial self interest in doing it. Second, you don’t know if the person actually likes or even uses the product s/he’s tweeting about. So there’s that.

Having said that, here are a few products built by SV Angel portfolio companies and why I like them and use them every day.

Snapchat

The first app update that I love is Snapchat’s new text feature. I use Snapchat regularly even though I’m of American Beauty age. Communicating with pictures was a fun way to chat (along with Stories, which I like). But by simply swiping right, I can text as well as snap.

The prior two sentences sound like marketing BS. But I’m tired of using so many texting apps. Also I carry two phones so it’s a pain because each phone is tied to a different account on some services. So it’s basically consolidated a lot of the messaging apps for me. I haven’t played with the other features (Presence) as much. But I’ve deleted other messaging apps. I want to use a messaging app that will be around forever. Right now those feel like Snapchat, SMS and WhatsApp. If Snapchat incorporates group chats, then this is the only one I’ll probably use.

Quip

I use Evernote a lot. I love the product and the company - I’ve been using it since 2007. But I want something lighter from a feature perspective and something that automatically uploads to Dropbox, another SV Angel portfolio company. I use Evernote primarily for taking notes when taking deal pitches, talking to portfolio founders and partners. I also have syncing problems with Evernote and that’s a hassle when I share deal notes with other partners internally, for example.

I was very skeptical in moving to another service. But Quip (and also Hackpad) fill the buckets for me. It’s also irrefutably a gorgeous app. Because I carry two phones (iPhone and Android), I like that Quip works well on both. I don’t know if it automatically links to my Dropbox but I will check and I will assume that feature will be there shortly.

Carousel

Again, I use Dropbox and assume I will use it forever. So all my stuff is there - primarily my photos. As a young parent, I’d like some way to have my photos organized and more importantly, easily share it with my parents who are not exactly early adopters. Carousel does this seamlessly. I take more pictures because of this app - I know storage is virtually free and I can capture moments that I can share with my parents who live 3,000 miles away and miss their grandchildren deeply.

I am grossly conflicted in offering these opinions. Having said that, SV Angel is an investor in these companies and thus our success depends on their success. But I use these every day and recommend you check them out.

 
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