Congratulations To Shipt

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Do you know what you could not do four years ago? Get anything from <a href="https://www.shipt.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shipt</a>.

Four years and 550 million dollars later, <a href="http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2017/12/target_acquiring_shipt_for_550.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the sale of Shipt</a> is a huge win for Birmingham. Congratulations to Bill Smith and all the people involved. What this shows Birmingham, and the Birmingham entrepreneurial community, is that it can be done. The exponential growth of venture capital can, and does, create huge wealth gain.

This gain flows back into the city, providing an effective network of entrepreneurs, investors and operators who can compound the success with their own ventures.

The singular focus of Shipt – providing a platform where people have groceries delivered in tertiary markets – seems simple in retrospect, but perplexed many and created a fair helping of naysayers. Now, it astounds the critics. But kudos -- it is a win for Shipt and a win for Birmingham.

Go Birmingham.

 

How Meetings Powered by Spruce Can Help You

I accrue paper like nobody’s business – receipts, unfinished to-do lists, notes from my son’s school. I’m the person on the street who feels rude turning down the guy with flyers, and I don’t want to throw them away where he can see me, so I’ve usually got a couple of those in my purse, too.

I am awash in paper. We all are. How many notes have you filed away “just in case” that only take up valuable drawer space? Is there anything worthwhile in the junk drawer in your kitchen? How much of your mail do you actually read?

How to Use Directory Powered by Spruce Can Grow Your Business

It's an old adage, but it rings true across a variety of industries: It's not what you know, it's who you know.

Whether you're working in the non-profit or for-profit sector, it's vital to keep a list of potential clients or donors on hand. With Directory powered by Spruce, you can easily share information about people across a company, sales team or board to better facilitate meetings and help team members target good fits for your organization.

Here's how to build a directory and get the right information in the right hands for business growth:

3 Benefits of a Mobile Employee Directory

When building a website for an academic department, I used a form to get information for online bios. One of the fields I asked people to fill out was "office number" (which was the physical address of the office and clearly differentiated from the "office phone number"). While I was sitting in my office, paring down a long list of another faculty member's publications, I got a phone call from a confused faculty member.

"What is this office number that you're asking for?"

"It's the number on your office door," I said. "So students can find you." (Admittedly, there are are benefits to not being able to be found by students, but most professors are contractually obligated to interact with them.)

Host Better Meetings in 5 Easy Steps

Meetings are a cornerstone of business society, but poorly strategized meetings hurt company productivity in a big way. If your employees dread going to meetings and won’t engage in active participation in a meeting, it’s probably time to try something new.

Introducing Meetings & Directory

Introducing Meetings & Directory

Two New Products - Directory and Meeting

 

Spruce is pleased to announce two new products, Directory and Meetings, are both available to the general public. You can now sign up at getspruceapps.com. We are currently offering a free 14 day trial period, no credit card required. We hope you will take this opportunity to sign up and see how Spruce can help you and your team.

Meaningful Meetings

Meaningful Meetings

Here at Spruce we are constantly trying to help build great teams and great organizations.  Being effective and efficient is usually easier as an individual than as a team, but here is the great paradox - you need teams to win.  Whether it is business or a sport, you need a great team to succeed.  Additionally, from time to time you need to have a meeting.  You all have to be together in the same room.  From the amount of grumbling, you would think meeting is a four letter word.

Spruce Luncheon: Q & A

Spruce Luncheon: Q & A

Spruce Luncheon: Q & ARecently, our Spruce team organized a small luncheon presentation and open forum for local business and organization leaders.  Spruce founders and developers demonstrated the various uses of the Meetings and Directory applications, elaborated on recent updates and bug fixes leading up to the official launch of Spruce as well as answered pertinent questions and concerns from an engaged audience.  Below are some of the questions that were answered by our team.

Setting the Tempo: Spruce as a Meeting Planner

Setting the Tempo: Spruce as a Meeting Planner

For most, meetings are tedious, time consuming and inherently boring.  However, they can be incredibly useful; a corporate necessity designed to minimize confusion and maximize communication and overall productivity.  Staff members and employees dread the hours upon hours they spend on a weekly basis bordering a massive conference table, glued to wooden seats and occasionally nodding and smiling at an overindulgent team leader.  Meetings often have the tendency of becoming sterile and unengaging, leaving most employees wondering why they didn’t just take a sick day.  While Spruce cannot promise to extinguish boredom from an average work day, it can help to set the tone and tempo for any staff meeting.  For business meetings, Spruce acts as a smoother, more organized, and almost self-sustaining meeting/conference manager and overseer. 

Directory Powered by Spruce: Manage Your Business Contacts

Directory Powered by Spruce: Manage Your Business Contacts

As your business grows, so do the number of clients and colleagues.  It can be difficult to manage and maintain current employee information.  Even the most salient information can be misplaced, mismanaged or even misinterpreted.  Directory powered by Spruce allows you to include email addresses, phone numbers, pictures, job titles, and short bios; all of which can be internally controlled through the Spruce App and website.  Get rid of the out-of-date printed directory that seems to be lost every time you need it.  Instead, create multiple, uniform directories that can be accessed online or by any iOS device.

Spruce: A Powerful Business Tool

Spruce: A Powerful Business Tool

Spruce is a remarkably easy and intuitive piece of software to use and manipulate for your business or workplace.  For business men and women, meetings can be stressful and disjointed.  It’s difficult to organize tasks, allocate materials and resources all while trying to follow each colleagues’ individual agendas and talking points.  Spruce fills this void.  Whether you are leading a meeting, or simply attending one, Spruce acts as a type of “task manager” designed to bundle presentations, materials, PDFs, emails, directories, etc. all into one convenient place.

Meetings + Directory - Powered by Spruce

An Update from Spruce 

Since recently launching Spruce, our team has been hard at work. We have a lot of exciting updates, and we wanted you to be the first to know. 

Before the holidays, we launched our new Spruce iPhone App (now available on iPhone and iPad) in anticipation of the launch of our two new products. We created Spruce as a platform to launch productivity tools for businesses and after establishing a group of beta users, we've received a lot of interest and requests to use Spruce as a tool for in-person meetings and employee directories. So we're giving the people what they want.

Spruce Helps Bottle & Bone

Spruce Helps Bottle & Bone

For those of you in Birmingham, hopefully you have been by the new Bottle & Bone butcher pub (in uptown).  If not, hopefully you will go by and see this fantastic new place.  Go by for lunch, get a great sandwich and pick up some great steaks and a bottle of wine to grill that evening.  Go by in the evening, get a flight of bacon and try some delicious beer … and get some good meat to grill the next day.  It is a new and novel concept for Birmingham and the city is fortunate to have it.

Spruce Plus

Spruce Plus

Spruce has created the Spruce Plus program.  Spruce Plus allows users to access Spruce more quickly and easily.  First, we will initially configure your Spruce account for you.  Let us know what you are looking for and we can create an app consistent with your typical business’ or organization’s needs.