If you’re familiar with the story of Novocaine, German chemist Alfred Einhorn discovered it and (thinking it had medical application) fought to keep it from being used in dental surgeries. It wasn’t until Einhorn died that Novocaine became widely used in dental applications, due in large part to his resistance to allow its use in the dental niche.
I think of this story in the context of tech tools. Some have potential for mass market application and haven’t achieved it (Google Plus and Twitter come immediately to mind). Some tech tools are upstart companies whose features may have very strong application for specific niches (Haiku Deck Zuru, which automatically populates slide decks, and Canva, a cloud-based graphic design tool come immediately to mind). Like Google Plus and Twitter have found niche audiences with much higher adoption than the general public, I suspect there are professional niches that will find unique utility from Haiku Deck Zuru and Canva.
Which leads me to IQTell. I’ve written promotional pieces for IQTell after being drawn to the app for its unique utility as a universal inbox, Evernote manager, calendar manager and Getting Things Done (GTD) database. When I had the opportunity to talk with one of the creators of IQTell, Sahaf Flam, I shared that I thought many more people would find his app helpful beyond GTD disciples who use Evernote (there are literally dozens of us). Sahaf said I sounded a bit like Jason Vichinsky.
Jason is a lawyer, and has become a champion for IQTell in the law profession. I got in touch with him, and asked if I could ask him some questions about the utility of IQTell with him and he agreed.
Back to the Novocaine example, I feel unease using independent tech tools without understanding their funding and their prospects for the future. I love IQTell but don’t want to get a note one day in my inbox saying that the product is discontinued. If you remember the untimely passing of Behance’s Action Method project management tool, you understand it’s a real concern. I love that IQTell embraces niches where it is extraordinarily useful and that folks like Jason find great professional utility in it. I find IQTell indispensable and hope it becomes the biggest thing since Novocaine.
If you’re not familiar with IQTell – this is the app what we’re discussing:
Q: What aspects of IQTell are useful for you as a lawyer?
IQTell is the best project management software I have ever used. If you are an attorney with a small firm or a solo and want to have a completely paperless office IQTell and Evernote are the only tools you will ever need.
The way the product allows me to handle email is absolutely phenomenal. The ability to immediately link that email to an action or project is indispensable. I am now able to deal with all of my email and get my inbox empty in a fraction of the time it used to take.
That I am able to use the product on my Mac, my iPad, and my smart phone is fantastic. This means that I literally carry my entire practice with me wherever I go. Moreover, because the data is stored both locally and in the cloud I have four backups of my data. I never worry about losing anything.
Q: What tools were you using to manage your information before using IQTell?
Q: From your perspective what are the strongest aspects of the IQTell app?
The strongest aspect of IQTell is simply this: the user truly has everything she needs in one place in a clean robust interface that works on any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. It is the holy grail of the paperless mobile law practice.
Q: Can you talk about the utility of Evernote in your profession?
I use Evernote to store all of my documents, Web clippings, audio recordings, photographs, and notes. I also use it with penultimate to store handwritten notes for those occasions when I cannot use voice typing. That I am able to access all of these from any computer with an Internet connection is phenomenal. Evernote truly is the best at what it does. Combined with IQTell an attorney needs nothing else to run a completely paperless and highly organized practice.
Q: What aspects of time management are critical for lawyers and how does IQTell address these?
Because it allows me to carry my entire practice with me wherever I go, I am able to make use of time that might otherwise be lost. There are often occasions when I am sitting in court waiting to be called. Before I had your product that time Was lost. Now I can use that time to work on almost anything. Moreover, it is not uncommon to encounter another attorney who is in court for a separate matter. If that attorney and I have a case together we can go sit in the conference room and discuss that case while we are waiting.
IQTell is free for a 60 day trial and then is $5.95 – $9.95 per month depending upon the number of email accounts that you need to sync. I should probably mention that neither Jason or I was compensated for mentioning IQTell or any other product in this piece.