November 2, 2011
A few weeks ago, I was approached by Alex Schiff, a young entrepreneur currently attending the University of Michigan. He gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse: an exclusive preview of Fetchnotes, a cloud-based note-taking application he was working on with co-founder Chase Lee. As a college junior, I was curious to see how a fellow student would approach a reminder service – what made Fetchnotes different? After just a few days of using the web app, I got my answer.
If you’re like me, your days revolve around the To-Do list. With Fetchnotes, you’re able to text in all of your tasks, ideas, daily reminders and anything else you want to remember straight from your phone – so jotting down notes is easier than ever. I’m always on-the-go, always on my smartphone, and suffer from major forgetfulness – so this feature was a godsend. In addition to the actual web and mobile apps, you’ll soon be able to add notes via IM, e-mail or voice, too.
The system is organized all around the hashtag that we all know and love. If I added a note that said “#email Sarah about yoga tomorrow #todo,” it would get the tags #email and #todo. All tags show up in the left sidebar, and you can click them to see all notes with these tags. Simple, easy, and intuitive.
Fetchnotes’ Twitter-inspired structure also bodes extremely well for project collaboration. If you tag a group or individual with an @-symbol, the notes goes to that person(s). So if I added “send out 10 #DCWEEK invites #todo @techcocktail,” it would add that note to everyone on our team’s to do list, as well as a list of notes pertaining to DC Week. The fact that you can tag multiple items and people to your liking makes for super easy customization and really smart organization.
If you’re a die-hard user of Google Apps, Evernote, or Outlook, have no fear – you can use Fetchnotes with the other services you already love. With simplicity as a clear trademark, FetchNotes is a great way to jot down that grocery list or on-the-fly idea.
The Ann Arbor-based startup already has over 160 registered users in the system and over 700 notes taken, with several companies, organizations and schools looking to purchase the app for their members and employees.
Fetchnotes is currently in invite-only beta, but we have fantastic news for you: the Fetchnotes team has extended 100 exclusive invites just for Tech Cocktail readers! Hurry up and claim your invite here – they’re going fast.
To learn more about Fetchnotes, check out their site here.
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