Tech Time: Podanize
And that's just who Steven and Nikki Sacks were thinking of when they created Podanize, a free website that allows users to manage kids' group activities (think soccer teams, little league, playgroups, scout troops, etc.). No more annoying email chains; if youre a parent, Podanize is a place where you can easily keep track of all of your kids group activities, and if youre a group organizer, it makes it easy to organize events and have ongoing discussions with group members.
The site is available in time for the hectic back-to-school season when routines kick in, new classes start and Fall activities jump into full swing. Essentially, there are three key functions needed to make a group run smoothly: an easy way to communicate with members, schedule events, and coordinate logistics, said Steven Sacks, an online product management veteran. This is what Podanize provides in an easy-to-use interface that allows parents to be extremely efficient.
As busy parents ourselves, we struggle to stay on top of everything, said Nikki Sacks, who has a background in financial analysis and corporate strategy. Volunteer obligations, carpooling and team snacks are just a few of the things busy parents have to keep straight, and try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks. Using email, which is the primary tool today, is not working well. All we really want is to stay organized so our kids will be happy, we can enjoy the activities with our family and friends and we can stay sane!
Podanize is a graduate of the RevTech Labs startup accelerator program at Packard Place in Charlotte, NC and was featured in March 2013 on the MomsCharlotte site by blogger Jennie wong. Read her interview with Steven and Nikki here.
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