The 1st Annual Shoeboxed Hackathon was a Success!

Last weekend, we hosted the 1st Annual Shoeboxed Hackathon, and we’re proud to say it was a great success! We’re lucky to be located in downtown Durham, surrounded by awesome startups to inspire and motivate us. We had three startups from right here in downtown participate in the hackathon: Queue, TabSprint and TriangleTechTalk. Here’s a rundown of each team and what they were able to accomplish over the weekend!

Queue

Queue is “the Salesforce.com for restaurants.” Queue is planning to revolutionize the way restaurants handle wait lists and how customers wait for tables, all by using handy mobile apps.

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A brainstorming session for the Queue team.

During the hackathon, the team assigned to Queue made numerous advancements to their web and mobile software. Big highlights include progress on their iPhone app, their iPad app (coming soon!), as well a a new analytics dashboard. The team was able to take the analytics dashboard from just an idea all the way to 70% complete, including coding and design! This team featured three members of Shoeboxed’s own development team and was also joined by Shannon Bauman, CTO of Spring Metrics. Congratulations to this talent-packed team for making so much progress!

TabSprint

TabSprint is a startup that allows users to order and pay for drinks from their mobile phone in crowded bars instead of waiting in line or dealing with a tab.

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The TabSprint team hard at work.

With the help of founder Grant Warman, a Duke 2012 alum, the team was able to help TabSprint kick off new marketing efforts over the weekend. They created a marketing video to introduce the app to potential users, wrote an informational white paper, and launched TabSprint’s presence on social media! These projects will help Grant introduce TabSprint to its first target audience of college students at Duke and UNC.

 

 

TriangleTechTalk

TriangleTechTalk is a website focused on the tech scene here in the Triangle, including news, company milestones and community events. They aim to shine a spotlight on the technology-based companies and startups in the Raleigh-Durham area.

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The TriangleTechTalk team.

Chris Heivly of Triangle Startup Factory headed up the team as they designed and mapped out the new look for the website.  The Shoeboxers on this team were lucky to have Adam Covati, CTO of Argyle Social on hand for help on the software development part of the task. The new page is expected to launch in the near future with more dynamic interaction capabilities for members and companies. Expect to see company updates, blog articles from individuals, a new job board, and an overall community interaction space. If you want a preview for the new look, check out their Twitter page for a little taste, or follow them @TriTechTalk for updates!

This first hackathon not only allowed us to help three local startups grow, but it gave us a new perspective on how we can work smarter and quicker here at Shoeboxed. We’re completely reenergized after such an awesome weekend, and we can’t wait to keep building you a better Shoeboxed!

Stay Organized,

The Shoeboxed Team

Four years’ taxes in 6 weeks? Done!

With Shoeboxed there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after scanning millions of receipts and business cards since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience!

Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives.

With that in mind, Shoeboxed is both pleased and honored to launch a series that spotlights our wonderful users, their success stories and countless ways satisfied Shoeboxed customers worldwide are utilizing our service to stay organized.

Kevin Sheridan: Four years’ taxes in 6 weeks? Done!

I can’t even think how much time Shoeboxed has saved me. ”

-Kevin Sheridan

Introducing: Kevin Sheridan

Profession: CEO, K.S Software Solutions

Location: Australia

Kevin Sheridan is the CEO of K.S Software Solutions. Kevin and his team design custom software that maintains secure encrypted transactions between government and financial institutions.

After a career in investment banking that spanned almost two decades, he’s spent the last eight years developing the business and managing multiple client projects – designing system interfaces and system functionality software. Much of his work is with the government sector.

Shoeboxed: Thanks for chatting with us, Kevin! Could you share with us how you got started?

Kevin Sheridan: Sure. I decided to target the government sector at the time of GFC because it was a considerably less volatile sector than financial institutions – many of which were undergoing significant downsizing due to market corrections/contractions.

SBX: Where’s your business going in the next few years?

KS: In a word – cloud. I’ve been specialising in my field for about  eight years and much of what we do is cloud (or internet) related. As the cloud uptake by businesses really starts to grow, our business will grow with it.

SBX: How did you originally come across Shoeboxed?

KS: My wife was actually looking for shoes online on my iPad when she came across the mobile Shoeboxed app.

She knew that I was under a lot of pressure to get my receipts sorted out because I had four years of tax receipts in an actual shoe box. I had thousands of receipts that had not been looked after or filed properly and I needed to resolve the problem fast and get our returns in to the ATO.

Who would have thought shoes would have led to that but there you go!

SBX: What’s the biggest problem Shoeboxed helped you solve?

KS: Because the receipts weren’t looked after correctly previously, I had to step in and do it myself.

Four years worth of receipts, thousands of receipts… and I had to start from scratch. I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. There was just shoebox after shoebox after shoebox, all filled to overflowing with receipts.

I was at the stage where I was looking at having to do all the data entry and redo all four years worth of taxes. It was going to take forever.

So when I heard about Shoeboxed, I was overjoyed to say the least. I sent them my thousands of receipts and they were able to personally scan all of them.  Everything from those shoeboxes was done in six weeks. It was such a relief.

I have been with Shoeboxed for about six months and in that time Shoeboxed has taken and processed six or seven thousand receipts.

SBX: Did you have any concerns about storing your information in the cloud?

KS: I work with the cloud so I knew where Shoeboxed was coming from. Security is critical in my business (and for my data) but I could see the Shoeboxed operation was very secure and that worked for me. They provided me with the solution I needed and at that point I had absolutely nothing to lose so the decision was easy.

SBX: How long might it have taken you to complete the task if not for Shoeboxed?

KS:  I was already working 90 hour weeks and didn’t have any time to look at the receipts.

And the way the data is saved and downloadable – I can just plug that into my  accounting system which saves me even more time – time AND money. And, after all, I’m a chartered accountant and for people like me, that’s gold.

I can’t even think how much time Shoeboxed has saved me. It has to have saved me at least 10 hours a week. Before I would have paid someone else to get all that data entered – so from a cost perspective it’s probably saved me at least $500 dollars a week.

The fact that the ATO accepts the scanned documents makes it even better. I love that I have the freedom to drop my ongoing receipts off at the Shoeboxed office – which is close to my home. I’ve even met the managing director, who has personally helped me when I’ve had questions, as have the other staff members – their customer service is just excellent which gives me an even greater confidence that I made the right decision to go with Shoeboxed.

Shoeboxed is great! I’m a fan.

SBX: Thank you Kevin! We’re so glad that we were able to help you get organized.

Are you a Shoeboxed user who has a success story and would like to be featured on our blog? Then we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to Emily at emily@team.shoeboxed.com for more information.

Until then, stay tuned… and stay organised!

Announcing the 1st Annual Shoeboxed Hackathon!

We’re thrilled to announce the first annual Shoeboxed Hackathon!

Today and tomorrow, Shoeboxed is hosting a hackathon in our downtown Durham headquarters.  We’ve heard three teams pitch their ideas and this morning we’re splitting into work groups to make the ideas come alive! The event will culminate with a final presentation and celebration on Saturday evening.

We’re lucky to have two other awesome local startups joining us for the event. The first is TabSprint, a startup that allows users to order and pay for drinks from their mobile phone in crowded bars instead of waiting in line or dealing with a tab. TabSprint has recently won several startup challenges over the last few months and was founded by Grant Warman, a Duke 2012 alum. The second startup joining us will be Queue: “the Salesforce.com for restaurants.” Queue is planning to revolutionize the way restaurants handle wait lists and how customers wait for tables, all by using handy mobile apps.

We’re also lucky to have several local startup “celebrities” on hand for the hackathon, including Jud Bowman, CEO of Appia; Adam Covati, CTO of Argyle Social and Shannon Bauman, CTO of Spring Metrics.

Stay tuned for another post on Monday, when we’ll tell you all about the hackathon and the winners!

Stay Organized,

The Shoeboxed Team