I’m a productivity enthusiast, so I spend a lot of time trying out different tools to make me more organized and work better. Currently, my favorite tool is Notion, an all-in-one workspace for all my productivity needs.

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What is Notion?

Notion takes the best functionality from some of the great productivity tools and packages them into one centralized workspace. For example, I can write notes as I would in Evernote, track To-Dos as I would in Asana, or list calendar items that I would in Google Calendar — all in a sleek clutter-free interface.

Furthermore, Notion creates new use cases as well. Since the application is a simple note-based interface to a PostGRESQL database, it can be customized to complete anyone’s asynchronous productivity needs from wikis, CRMs, to even websites and beyond. …


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Credits: Emily van den Heever from Noun Project

The rise of platform-based business models have led to the rise of immensely successful companies such as Facebook and Uber, and has resultantly spawned a segment of tech strategy called Aggregation Theory — a term coined by one of my favorite writers on the space, Ben Thompson. He thoroughly unpacks their core components in his piece on Aggregators. Anuj Abrol also has a great piece detailing their implications on the value chain. Here, we want to build on their ideas, by asking which areas will aggregation theory touch next?

Let’s start by walking through a couple of examples in popular…


Our take on a Mobile-Based Donation experience for Non-profits

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A mobile web-based Experience we built for an example nonprofit

Background

For many non-profits and 501(c)’s, donations are crucial to the organization survival. In today’s changing political climate, government grants have been increasingly competitive, causing charities and non-profits to rely more heavily on individual and corporate donations. This dependence is especially magnified in smaller charities tackling causes in the local community.

However, the current technology infrastructure for many non-profits, especially those of smaller scale, are not conductive to receive donations online. Many of their online websites are dated and in need of advancement to modern design and technology standards.

With the current advancements in online payment technology, and changes in consumer attitude towards online transactions, online donations provide 501(c)’s with a great opportunity to provide a convenient and scalable stream of funding. …


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The cloud-based document-editing market is saturated with many great products, such as Word 365 Online and Google Docs amongst others. Dropbox is one of the latest to enter the über-competitive space with their new product named Paper. Users can use LaTex to type mathematical equations, templates to make meeting notes, and mentions to ensure productivity, all while working on a collaborative platform that espouses Dropbox’s design ethos.

However, I was intrigued about how Paper would assimilate into the document-editing market, considering it’s rather late entry. What was the reason for Dropbox’s new product development? Where would Paper achieve product-market fit? What is the current efficacy of Dropbox’s ‘freemium’ business model? …

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Nikhil Bose

PM @ Apple. Passionate about Product, Data, and Markets.

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