Introducing fubnub - a simple app for keeping notes.

At the start of this year, I switched my focus from being a full time CTO/Founder of PubGears to building a new product and company around my passion for coaching youth sports.

As part of that process, I spent a good portion of the first three months of the year meeting with potential investors*.

During that time, I found myself taking a lot of notes in my meetings — usually on paper. When I would get home from each I would spend some time cleaning up and typing up my notes, do whatever follow up I felt was appropriate, and then basically archive it all as another small part of the larger puzzle/story to figure out.

Sometimes instead of logging notes on paper, I would make the extra effort to email myself little notes throughout the meetings.

In both cases, it just felt like it was more work/friction than it should be to just keep some simple little notes. I just wanted a simple app that would let me quickly log notes about whatever I wanted, and then give me some quick and simple ways to keep/manage those notes over time.

As it became more and more clear that I was going to need to bootstrap Coach Wizard, I started to think about what smaller/smallish projects and apps I might be able to build to help those efforts (without completely killing my focus/momentum on the Coach Wizard front).

fubnub is the first of those ideas. It was both something that I personally wanted/needed and that I thought might be valuable enough to others that I could charge a small fee for.

So what is fubnub?

At it’s core it just a simple app for keeping notes. It’s designed to have three basic categories of notes: basic, people, and event. Each note has a subject and then as many details that you like.

The idea being that sometimes you want to log notes about a random topic, sometimes you want to keep notes around a specific person, and other times you need to keep notes around a specific date/event.

fubnub also has an accompanying web site/service that allows you to upload, manage, and download notes from the web as well as email note details to any email address you like from within the app (these features may require an additional fee down the road — but are currently free).

Technically you can use the web site/service without the mobile app at all…but I think that brings more friction that most people should be dealing with these days. So the intent is that you mostly interact via the mobile app (and then when/if needed, the web app is always there to help you manage and organize as needed).

As of today, fubnub is available for both Android and iOS. You can see screen shots, get more details, and of course find the links for it in the various app stores from fubnub.com

If you have a few minutes, and would like to help support me, I would really appreciate you buying a copy (and of course rating/reviewing it). Also please tell all your friends about it too.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get back to larger vision of Coach Wizard (and the other few small mobile app ideas I’m going to be releasing related to our bootstrapping efforts).





* For various reasons, none of them were compelled to invest at the time. This was not unexpected as, contrary to popular belief, it’s very hard to raise outside money for super early stage companies. Though I believe I have a strong, and public, track record of building solid products & a great company/story developing around Coach Wizard — I do not have a previous exit (or any history of raising outside funding actually). So, instead, we are going to rely on bootstrapping the company for the foreseeable future.

Showed this to my 10 year old the other day…the look on his face throughout was priceless…but *man* did he have a million questions about it all.  He *totally* doesn’t get 80 music videos…but agrees they are “strange and funny but fun”

Two more good books.

Over the last week or so I listened to two more books via Audible that I feel compelled to recommend:

1. Breakpoint by Jeff Stibel - The title of this book talks about why the web will implode and search will be obsolete, but it really has very little to do with any of that.  Instead, it dives into some pretty interesting research about networks and how/why they work and when/why they collapse.

There are up and down parts to the whole book, but there are enough really great nuggets throughout the book that it’s worth putting in the time and getting through the down points.

2. Talk like TED by Carmine Gallo - I have had this book in my wishlist for a few months now as I anxiously waited for it to be released.  It finally was on Tuesday and I’ve already listened to the whole thing.

Overall, if you’ve watched a lot of TED talks (like I have), you probably won’t be that surprised by the advice and details that are shared throughout this book…but still it did a really good job at driving home some basic points about how to better communicate as a whole.

In hindsight, I probably had too high expectations going into this one - but it’s short read and still well worth the time…especially if you continue to work on your communication skills (it’s been a personal focus point for me over the past few months).