My Top 5 Favourite Apps of 2016

I’ll constantly download different apps to play around with them. Admittedly, most get deleted. However, time to time I’ll find a product that I fall in love with.

I decided to put together a list of my top 5 favourite apps I tried in 2016. When putting together this list I realized they serve 1 of 3 purposes. The following products fall under 3 categories:

  • Helping me with my finances
  • Helping me live a healthier life
  • Helping me acquire more knowledge

I hope that you are intrigued by at least one product, and it helps you improve your life in one of the above areas.

Here they are, the top 5 apps I tried in 2016 (in no specific order):

  1. Whale (Knowledge)
The Whale newsfeed and Q&A textbox

What it does:

  • Video Q&A platform where influencers and experts answer your questions.

Why I love it:

  • Asking a question requires a small fee, this ensures that questions are of high quality and therefore the answers are of high quality.
  • The video format is very personable. It’s a great feeling having someone you look up to address you by name, and then proceeding to answer your question.
  • All answers are saved, essentially created a repository of highly informative answers you can browse anytime.

2. Wealthsimple (Finance)

Not my account ;(

What it does:

  • Automated investing. Set it and forget it.
  • Your first $5k is managed for free. Refer a friend and have an additional $5k managed for free.

Why I love it:

  • Low fees. Wealthsimple charges a fraction of a traditional advisor.
  • Personalized investment plan tailored to my risk tolerance and goals.
  • On-demand advice from portfolio managers.
  • Transparent and great customer service.
  • It’s the perfect balance of technology and human advice/contact.

3. Headspace (Health)

Shows your current progression

What it does:

  • Meditation and mindfullness app.
  • Follow guided practices.
  • Your mind’s personal trainer.

Why I love it:

  • I’ve tried and failed to meditate on my own. Headspace’s guided practices are a great way to get started and stay committed.
  • Awesome animations/videos that explain the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
  • Headspace has helped me become more clear minded and self aware.

4. Tilt (Finance)

Selling tickets on Tilt

What it does:

  • Collect, fundraise, or pool money in a fun and social way.
  • Send/receive money quickly and easily.

Why I love it:

  • Collecting money from a large group of people is a hassle. Tilt makes it easy and fun.
  • I love the social nature of the product. It’s fun to scroll through your feed and see what sort of organizations/events your friends are contributing to. I’ve donated to several organizations/causes after seeing my friends do the same.

(Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for Tilt)

5. Pocket (Knowledge)

Example of a saved list on Pocket

What it does:

  • Allows you to save articles and videos for later.
  • The perfect tool for anyone who reads a lot of articles on the internet.

Why I love it:

  • Before I found out about pocket, I would save articles into different folders on my browser. This was messy and inefficient. Pocket has made saving and reading articles a lot easier for me.
  • Let’s you recommend articles/videos you’ve read/watched and see what others have recommended.
  • A curious person’s best friend.

There you have it, 5 apps I tried and loved this year. I look forward to all the new products I’ll try in 2017.

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(Note: This post is merely a reflection of what goes on in my weird little head)🤓