3 Tech CEOs share the apps they can’t live without

Your smartphone can say a lot about who you are. Whether it’s the obscure apps you’ve downloaded, the way you organize your screen, or the 643 unread emails glaring back at you, we’ve all developed different ways to get the most out of our phones.

We sat down with three Chicago-based CEOs to see what apps get them through the day and which ones they actively avoid:

Zack Johnson, CEO Syndio

What app(s) on your phone could you not live without?

I’m obsessed with Facebook Paper and Flipboard. I’m an absolute news junkie and I read news and articles all the time. I probably read from every major news source at this point.

What useful app(s) are on your phone that you wouldn’t expect to see on someone else’s?

I really like Silvercar. With this app, I can always rent an Audi anytime I drive anywhere. Also, Acorns is one of my favorite savings apps — it’s just awesome. It invests spare change automatically from everyday purchases into a diversified portfolio.

What app(s) did you delete or refuse to download?

Facebook. I find it to be distracting on my phone. Luckily, Facebook Paper is a separate app.

What app is your guilty pleasure?

Instagram is my guilty pleasure app because I just look at pictures of watches and nice cars, which incidentally, are also my guilty pleasures.

Syndio makes large organizations more like start-ups; nimble, responsive, and able to tackle anything thrown at them. They arm organizations with actionable people analytics, the intersection of HR analytics and relational analytics.

Jared Golden, CEO Pear

What app(s) on your phone could you not live without?

I couldn’t live without gTasks, Tidal, Amazon, Google Maps.

What useful app(s) are on your phone that you wouldn’t expect to see on someone else’s?

I wouldn’t expect to see the Golf Channel Am Tour app on others’ phones. (I recently joined this, thanks to my good friend Jameson Neuhoff, VP Ops at Worthee).

What app(s) did you delete or refuse to download?

I recently deleted Twitter because I just don’t have time for it.

What app is your guilty pleasure?

My not-so-guilty pleasure apps are HBO Go and WatchESPN.

Pear helps brands and communities build meaningful connections through sponsorship programs, gifts and awards, and more. They’re passionate about “Marketing that Matters.”

Bill Burnett, CEO PointDrive

What app(s) on your phone could you not live without?

Flip board, Google Analytics, Facebook, Starbucks App

What useful app(s) are on your phone that you wouldn’t expect to see on someone else’s?

Hipchat — that app is probably on a lot of people’s phones if they are in the startup space, but not the general population.

What app is your guilty pleasure?

DraftKings.

PointDrive is a web-based sales presentation tool that helps professionals share content in a smarter and more polished way. It eliminates multiple attachment email by consolidating existing content into one link that then brings clients to a sophisticated, branded experience.


Originally published at www.builtinchicago.org on October 8, 2015.

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