TeamFocus Launches !

We have just launched our new collaborative task management system TeamFocus. It has inbuilt time tracking and workflows and is great for small to medium teams.

TeamFocus Launches & Raises $500K To Create The Most Complete Collaborative Task System

B2B Collaborative Task System Helps Companies Manage Teams In An Increasingly Mobile Workforce

March 10th, 2013 — Startup TeamFocus announces the launch of its collaborative task system, which is a modern web application created to keep teams in sync. TeamFocus, which has raised $500,000 in Angel-Investor funding, is a solution for the increasingly remote workforce, and provides organizations with the ability to easily keep track of tasks and work assignments.

Co-founder Kevin Withnall began developing the product 2 years ago, and initially created the product for internal purposes for his 12 person development company. Rather than trying to stay organized through emails and meetings, organizations can use TeamFocus to move faster, and better manage tasks.

Says Kevin, “We created TeamFocus because we didn’t see a product fulfilling the need in the market. We truly built this for our own company to scratch our own itch. TeamFocus was built to be the world’s most complete collaborative task system.”

TeamFocus provides team members with one central location where they can see what peers are working on and can receive updates on how a project is progressing. The B2B software is a comprehensive product and was designed from the start to evolve as an organization grew.

Examples of features in the product include Workflows, which allow individuals to move tasks along a customizable path. How to integrate workflows successfully into a task management system has long been been the goal of many productivity applications. Workflows in TeamFocus is not just a second tier feature, it is central to how TeamFocus operates.

Another key feature is Metrics, which helps determine tasks that have been sitting idle too long and are causing bottlenecks, all this while ensuring everyone focuses on completing the right tasks at hand. A full API will also be released later this year, which will allow companies to use TeamFocus Workflows and storage in their own applications.

In addition to the above, TeamFocus allows team members to record their time on each project task, as well as set and manage due dates. Not only are teams able to add detailed tags to projects, but they are able to view these from an easy to use search tool.

Says Co-Founder Jason Weaver, “Our goal with TeamFocus was to allow businesses large and small to break down projects into smaller parts, assign ownership to these, and then to track them until each part has been completed. We feel that companies are most effective when this is enabled.”

TeamFocus is free for the first 10 users, and charges a monthly subscriptions for subsequent users. The company also provides customized enterprise solutions.

TeamFocus was founded in 2009 by Kevin Withnall and Jason Weaver. Kevin Withnall, who worked with MSN in Australia, is the founder and CEO of a 12 person development firm. Jason Weaver was formerly a Project Manager at ING.

Our mission is to create a product that can best manage workflow between teams. TeamFocus, the world’s most complete collaborative task system.

Learn more about TeamFocus at: http://www.teamfocus.me/about-us/

About TeamFocus

TeamFocus was founded in 2009, when Kevin Withnall and Jason Weaver got together to solve a common problem: managing workflow between teams. The company is angel-investor backed and has raised $500,000 in funding.

Contact Information

Kevin Withnall, Co-Founder

Mobile: (+61 412 453846)

Skype: (kevinwithnall)

Email: kevin@teamfocus.me

Website: www.teamfocus.cme

Engin updates their software and breaks routing

Engin updated their software a while ago and broke inbound switchboard distinctions. The To SIP header used to contain the switchboard number but now it doesn’t.

Incase you dont understand what this is about, engin is an Australian VoIP provider that allows “switchboard” numbers to be added for $5 per month to an account. This is great for saving money with 1300 numbers and provides local answer points that still come back to a single place. As we are migrating many customers away from Telstra (and hosting the VoIP asterisk system in the cloud at rackspace) this is a necessary function to determine where the calls came from.

Heres updated code that will work.

[ext-engin]

exten => _X.,1,noop(ENGIN STARTING)
exten => _X.,n,Set(ENGINH=${SIP_HEADER(DIVERSION)})
exten => _X.,n,Set(ENGINH=${IF($[${LEN(${ENGINH})} > 0]?”${ENGINH}”:”${SIP_HEADER(TO)}”)})
exten => _X.,n,Set(ENGIN=${CUT(ENGINH,:,2)})
exten => _X.,n,Set(ENGIN=${CUT(ENGIN,@,1)})
exten => _X.,n,GotoIf($[${LEN(${ENGIN})} > 0]?ext-did,${ENGIN},1:ext-did,${EXTEN},1)

 

just set the context for incoming calls to ext-engin and then this will send all calls back to the ext-did context with the appropriate target based on which switchboard number was used.

 

 

The Google nexus one vs iphone in Australia

I have used the iPhone for 2 years now and quite like it. The strangle hold apple has really annoys me so after jailbreaking the phone, I can do mostly all of what I want to do.

Heres some thoughts about the last 24hrs playing with the nexus one.

Nexus One – Good Points

  • Fantastic screen. It’s bright, clear, hi-res and the animations are great.
  • Brilliant google apps integration. (Including lattitude from google apps accounts which aparent’y can’t be done on any other platform)
  • Close integration with things like SIP clients with the normal phone interface
  • GPS reeption (inside a building, works great)
  • Fast browser.
  • latitude that ‘just works’
  • Gmail integration that doesn’t rely on the old imap methodology. It handles threaded conversations.
  • Great camera with flash
  • feels thinner and better
  • great google talk integration
  • proper multitasking

Nexus One – Bad Points

  • 3G dropouts. In 24 hrs, i have had 2 calls drop (I don’t make many calls) and have had other call breakup.
  • Bluetooth is worse than the iPhone (which is pretty bad). I often have trouble getting A2DP connections working properly with phone calls etc. The iPhone gives you an option to select audio output options and therefore by selecting speaker, then back to bluetooth, it works again. the Nexus one, doesn’t have this option and stopping/starting the bluetooth, while it seems to fix the problem, takes too long.
  • Finger sensors seem ‘wrong’. When I played with the HERO, i seemed to have to touch the screen a few mm above the point that i wanted. This is the same on the nexus one. I would be happy to believe it was my fat fingers but the iphone doesn’t have this problem.
  • The gmail application, while it has some great features just feels wrong. I normally keep mail unread in the inbox as a todo list, this is harder to do in the gmail app. on the iPhone app, its easier.
  • doesn’t support pinch gestures.
  • has a totally useless trackball (well, sometimes its the only way to do something so useless is probably not the right word)
  • still not enough apps

iPhone Jailbroken – Good Points

  • with the purchase of 3G unrestrictor and longtitude, latitude works and SIP over 3G works.
  • as much as I hate to say it, iTunes integration makes life easier than the options.
  • wifi/3g switching just works

iPhone Jailbroken – Bad Points

  • Apples restrictive policies on things like native google latitude support.
  • the bluetooth support is crappy but still less bad than the nexus one.
  • crappy battery life with no quick replacement option
  • only manual upgrading of software/apps
  • no multitasking

 

So in summary, I am going back to the iPhone and hope the next 4G iPhone addresses these bad points.