QuarkWorks Gives Thanks — 2019

Hannah Pratte
Nov 26 · 6 min read
Photo design by Joy Park

We have a lot to be thankful for this year! A growing team, a new office space, awesome team members, and amazing clients! We truly are grateful to have every single one of you working alongside us, experiencing this journey of building better software.

For this year’s giving thanks tradition, we asked our team members to think about what application they are thankful to have downloaded.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Applications QuarkWorks is Thankful for This Year

Photo: ijmaki

Oh, there are so many that I love; here are my three goto apps. Bird is a lifesaver allowing me to cut the 30–40 minute Uber in rush-hour out of the financial district down to a 14-minute ride. Strava keeps me motivated, and the engineer in me loves the stats tracking. Finally, Medium waking up every morning to the latest in tech is the perfect start.

As our team has doubled in size this past year, Gusto has made dealing with the day-to-day paperwork of employing people much, much easier! Filling out forms is a great problem to outsource!

Wingstop, they finally have a 1st party supported app that came out this year!They have my favorite wings for delivery and ordering them through other general food services didn’t work very well. Any game day where friends come over I pull out the Wingstop app and order my party combo.

Reddit for sure. It’s given me countless hours of entertainment related to a lot of my favorite hobbies. I frequently check my favorite sports and team subreddits, video game subs and /r/space. It’s also how I get my daily dosage of memes, world news and cute animals gifs. It’s incredibly addicting.

Robinhood is one of my favorite apps by far. It allows me to play around with the stock market without paying any transaction fees and keeps me up-to-date on some of the economic news with Robin Hood Snacks. I know I wouldn’t spend any of my time looking at the stock market without the app.

After attending a conference in October, I’ve actually been using the LinkedIn app to amp up my networking skills. There’s a feature called “Find Nearby” on the networks page where you can quickly add contacts around you, perfect for when you’re at an event! It also displays analytics for all of your posts, so you can see your reach and engagement, which for me, is doing better since I started to incorporate more mentions and hashtags. Plus, it’s neat to see what your connections are up to, read the latest tech news, or post your own career achievements!

Duolingo. I have a habit of mindlessly scrolling through apps that let you do so. Removing those apps and installing Duolingo as a replacement lets me put that time to learning a language and bettering myself. Right now I’m refreshing my Spanish that I learned in high school.

I’d say that Zillow is the app I’ve been most thankful for this year. Zillow helps user find homes for sale. They have a plethora of filters and ways to search for houses that fit your criteria. I’m not in a hurry to buy, but it makes it really easy to see how the market is moving and what kind of homes are available in the area.

I know this is super generic but I love using Instagram! I spend way too much time browsing than I’d care to admit. It gives me the ability to stay in-touch with my family members and browse for things related to fashion or cooking. Danielle Bernstein, the founder of WeWoreWhat and a prominent New York fashion influencer, is a style icon I look up to. She recently published a book, which is on my to-do list to purchase, and read through over the holidays. It’s all about how she got her start in the fashion industry and how she built her company from the ground up.

Notes. There is something about pouring the contents of your mind out on any medium that is not only meditative but also revelatory. Nearly all of the most important decisions I’ve made in my life have been only after I’ve poured them out in writing of some sort. The notes app helps keep all the thoughts, information, insights, advices, goals, and so much more, organized. Writing is thinking, and having an app that facilitates that has been transformative.

Well, all the phone apps that I use are quite boring. Just the standard social media and Slack. But on my desktop, I’m thankful for Charles Proxy when it comes to mapping out web request traffic. It’s an extremely useful debugging tool, whether you’re working with a raw HTTP API, or want to see what’s under the hood of an API wrapper. It’s my go-to tool for decomposing web traffic whenever I try to automate something, and it has taught me tons of stuff about REST just through exposure, as well as helped point out security flaws in tons of other applications.

I’m thankful for Snapchat! I’m sure everyone already knows, but Snapchat is a way to share pictures and videos with friends and followers. I don’t care to use social media very often, but this app makes it much more enjoyable! Snapchat allows my friends and I to keep in-touch in a very entertaining way.

I am very thankful for Spotify! I love music in general and it has great features that make listening to music everyday fun. Being able to listen to music on any device and control it from any of those devices is super cool and convenient! At the end of every year it gives you a full playlist of your top songs and run down of the characteristics of the music you listened too. It is always fun to compare your stats to theirs to see where your music tastes overlap and who listens to more music.

I’m thankful for Apple Calendar because it keeps my life in check with all the things I need to do and places I need to be at. It syncs across all my devices which makes it super seamless to input an event or view what I have upcoming for the day. It’s like having a virtual personal assistant in my pocket!

MapMyRun by Under Armour was a great discovery this year. It tracks your runs when you start it, tells you how long you have gone, shows you a map of where you ran, how many cals were burnt, your split times, etc. The pro version can show you things like heart rate, training plans, nutrition plans, audio coaching, etc. It is great for non-competitive running enthusiasts like me.

Headspace! Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder of the product, is a former Buddhist monk and narrates most of the guided meditations in the app. After trying to follow several virtual guides, he is far and away the best at his job. Headspace has a ton of different ‘meditation paths’ that you can take that are super helpful for becoming more mindful in many aspects of life.

I’m thankful for The New York Times’ Crossword app; it’s how I like to kickstart my brain every day. I tackle the Mini, their bite-sized puzzles, they put out every morning, and try cracking their bigger crosswords over time. It’s especially fun to play with friends and solve them together — the trickier ones take more brainpower anyway!


As ever, QuarkWorks is available to help with any software application project — web, mobile, and more! If you are interested in our services you can check out our website. We would love to answer any questions you have! Just reach out to us on our Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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