Intellinote brings social note-taking to businesses
By Christina DesMarais
Evernote is popular with business people for good reason. Whatever you want to remember—whether it’s travel itineraries, photos of receipts for tax deduction or expense report purposes, or articles you clip while surfing the Web—it’s helpful to have a central repository for your notes that you can access with whatever device you have in hand. Evernote isn’t particularly collaborative, however, and sometimes your work notes involve other people.
Enter Intellinote, a new Web and iOS app launching in public beta that starts with note-taking but adds to it social collaboration, project management, and email integration.
Intellinote gives you two workspaces: a private, default work area and a shared workspace you can use to collaborate with others on projects. Within each project you can drag notes into notebooks to organize them, and add and assign tasks. A metrics dashboard provides insight into the completion level of the project as well as how engaged various team members are in it.
The app has an open API which means that external applications can share tasks, notes, projects, and other information with Intellinote to support an end-to-end business workflow.
According to co-founder and CEO Tony Lopresti, the idea for Intellinote was born out of personal frustration around capturing information, sharing it, and trying to get it delivered to the right people at the right time within organizations.
“You have people that take notes, scattered in notebooks and in sticky notes and on whiteboards and sending emails to themselves, having meetings on top of meetings,” he says. ”All of this inefficiency leads to missed deadlines, knowledge being lost as it’s transferred from person to person and system to system.”
Lopresti says more than 200 organizations have been using Intellinote in private beta and the platform will be free until at least the end of 2013. The company is planning a pricing scheme that includes a free-forever, limited-feature tier for individuals as well as a business version that would start out as a trial before switching to a pay-per-user-per-month model. While he wouldn’t share what business subscriptions will eventually cost, he said pricing will be similar to what cloud storage providers such as Box and Dropbox charge (they start at $5 and $10 a month per user, respectively).
He said the company plans to launch Google Docs integration later this year and next year will add integrations with Salesforce.com, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft365 and other business applications.
The company says an Android version of Intellinote is in the works.
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