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Resident Buddy: stellar tech tool for renters, property managers

Anyone who rents an apartment knows that the resident portals haven’t been innovated since 1999, so Resident Buddy’s superior design and function is a breath of fresh air in a stale industry.

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Resident Buddy launches for renters, property managers

Marketing, tracking, reputation management, resident retention and search solution provider, rentbits.com has launched Resident Buddy, a new product designed to “simplify rental living,” giving renters a simple way to pay rent, submit and track maintenance requests, meet and connect with neighbors, post items for sale, find a ride share, or even a sitter.

The company tells AGBeat that “Resident Buddy was designed from the ground up for renters BUT it is truly a tool for property managers, and was created to help close the backdoor on resident retention by giving them a simple way to expand their reach far beyond the apartment leasing office.”

What sets Resident Buddy apart

First and foremost, the user interface blows potential competitors out of the water, as most products renters are offered to interact with come with horrible colors from the 90s, tons of text in size 8 font, nearly impossible navigation that is almost never mobile friendly, and as a whole is completely outdated, making them difficult to use. Not Resident Buddy. While they focus on various features unique to their offering, the most notable feature is its quality design.

As for features, the maintenance request is the brightest shining in that residents can submit a maintenance requests from any device, but instead of throwing them into a black hole with fingers crossed, residents can track requests in real time rather than just a red light green light system others have implemented.

Dan Daugherty, CEO of rentbits.com said, “For maintenance request transparency, a top frustration from residents is not knowing where their maintenance request is in the queue. Did the office receive it? When will it be completed? Do they need more information? etc. Setting expectations with the residents, and surpassing those expectations dramatically increases resident satisfaction.”

The Exchange is a fascinating feature that could go a long way toward retention. “Think Pinterest, meets Craigslist, but only accessible to residents of one community,” the company notes of their closed, secure network. “It’s a hyper local way for residents to tap into the opportunities hiding all around them; finding the concert tickets they’ve been searching for, finding a ride share to work, or a babysitter from someone in their community that they can trust. It’s a pretty cool feature that actually gives renters an easy way to connect and get to know their neighbors, not to mention, make and save some money.”

Emulating the simplicity of the hotel industry

Additionally, unique to their offering is that each community with Resident Buddy gets one unique, central phone number to use. The cost for property managers is $1 per unit per month, and if they opt into allowing residents to pay rent online it is $2 per pay rent online transaction.

Daugherty said, “We built Resident Buddy from the ground up with a very strong focus on user experience and simplicity. I believe the User Interface is the best in the industry. Residents come to Resident Buddy to take action. That might be to pay their rent online, submit a maintenance request, post an item for sell, post an event, etc.”

“We took what the hotel industry has been doing for years and brought it to the apartment industry,” Daugherty added. “All in an effort to make life simpler for renters.”

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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Jenzy helps perfectly measure your kids’ feet

(TECH NEWS) Jenzy is a mobile app currently in beta that helps you perfectly measure your kids feet and buy shoes without having to leave your home.

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Parents rejoice, there’s now a mobile app that sizes your child’s feet to determine their correct shoe size. No more carpet charts that every kid has put their dirty little socked foot on, or those weird metal sizing instruments.

With Jenzy, you just take a picture of your child’s foot, and the app calculates the measurements. It then generates personalized size and style recommendations, which you can order directly from the app.

Jenzy partners with podiatrist recommended brands designed for active kids, including pediped, Robeez, and Morgan & Milo. However, you don’t have to purchase their suggestions to receive the sizing info.

Incorrectly sized shoes are a literal pain for everyone, but this especially affects children, who don’t have purchasing power.

Additionally, shoes that don’t fit can have long-term effects on children’s growth and development, and lead to foot problems in the future. Properly fitted shoes are necessary for healthy foot development.

Wearing incorrectly sized shoes is just part of the problem. If shoes aren’t suited for every day use, children’s feet and overall growth can also suffer.

Flip flops, ballet pumps, and shoes with raised heels are not recommended by podiatrists for frequent use, as they can cause discomfort, or even musculoskeletal issues.

According to Dr. Stewart Morrison, a University of Brighton podiatrist, “children’s feet are still growing and are more susceptible to damage than adult feet, so it’s really vital to ensure they are wearing shoes which fit them well – in width as well as length – and that are suitable for age, as well as the task they are wearing them for.”

As online shopping has taken over, fewer parents are getting their children’s feet sized by in-store experts. Of course, there’s also a cost-barrier, as many stores that offer shoe-sizing are often more expensive.

Jenzy hopes to bridge that gap, providing parents both proper shoe sizes and affordable products designed to last.

Right now the app is set to launch in December, but if you don’t want to wait, apply to take part in the beta test on Jenzy’s site.

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Time is money and Clockify helps you make the most

(TECH NEWS) Tracking your time worked as a freelancer can easily be lost in the shuffle. A new tool has been designed to make this important aspect easier.

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After years of searching for a method that works for me in terms of organization and productivity, the answer seemed to be simple: a calendar I can write on and Post-It notes. This method is a little old school, but seems to get the job done for my organizational needs.

However, there are some things that slip through the cracks with this method, but it’s more user error than it is the actual practice. One thing I struggle with is keeping track of my freelance hours this way.

I have a tendency to guesstimate how much time I worked throughout the day and know that I wind up underdocumenting my hours. I would hate to know how much money I’ve missed out on keeping (sometimes inaccurate) handwritten notes.

But, like many other small scale issues, there is a simple solution. And that is found in the form of time trackers.

One of the newest members to join the online time tracker team is Clockify, who operates under the idea of “your time, your rules.” It is a free time tracking tool designed for agencies and freelancers.

Clockify allows users to manage as many team members, projects, and workspaces that you need in an effort to help your business run smoothly. This allows for a complete overview of team productivity.

The tool offers a way to enter time manually as well as clock time automatically. This way you can keep tabs on what you’re working on and assign and label time logs to the appropriate clients.

With this time tracking, you are able to generate weekly, monthly, and annual reports at any given time. These reports can be saved, exported, and shared with clients to give them more information about your work process.

The real-time tracking helps to improve business efficiency and gives more insight into what each team member is spending their time on. Having this information available can give visual representation of how to improve in the future.

Clockify currently exists in desktop format with iOS and Android apps coming soon.

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Russia vetoed cryptocurrency and came back with CryptoRuble

(TECH NEWS) Russia put a hard pass on other cryptocurrencies in their country so that they could hop in the crypto-game with their own CryptoRuble.

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Just days after The American Genius reported that the Russian Central Bank would attempt to block access to cryptocurrency trading cites, the Coin Telegraph has reported that the Russian government will issue its very own cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble.

The report cited local Russian papers, who quoted the minister of communications, Nikolay Nikiforov.

Earlier this week, head of the Central Bank, Sergei Shvetsov, said that he would work with the Prosecutor General’s Office to ban Russian citizens from accessing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, calling such currencies a “negative phenomena for our markets” and a “pyramid scheme.”

Now it appears that the Kremlin will create its own cryptocurrency – one it can keep an eye on — which, some might argue, defeats the entire purpose of cryptocurrency.

However, like other cryptocurrencies the CryptoRuble will be based on blockchain and will presumably help prevent online fraud.

CryptoRubles will be exchangeable with regular Rubles, although the systems of exchange have not yet been set up. Experts think that Russia is hoping to stimulate e-commerce without the need for foreign money markets, which will allow them to have more independence from the United States.

According to Nikiforov, the Russian government is setting up its own cryptocurrency under the assumption that if they don’t, other European governments will.

Said NIkiforov, “I confidently declare that we run CryptoRuble for one simple reason: if we do not, then after two months our neighbors in the EurAsEC will.”

Traders using CryptoRubles will be asked to provide documentation of retail transactions and services rendered – or pay a 13 percent tax for undocumented transactions, leaving a wide loophole for money laundering.

Critics say that Russia is trying to facilitate, while also profiting from money laundering; that the Kremlin is stealing the market from other cryptocurrencies; and that the CryptoRuble fundamentally defies the spirit of decentralization that inspired other cryptocurrencies.

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