Podio helps users better organize their projects. The application includes a number of versatile tools that give the user control over tasks, schedules and more. The Podio activity stream gives the user a condensed overview of recent actions, including edits, comments and status updates. Users can also build their own spaces which provide a place to centralize project tasks and activity. The task features allow users to create to do lists and delegate items to others. Calendars are also included so the user can schedule tasks and monitor progress to get things done on time. Users can also schedule meetings for their team or group. Podio will also store the user’s contacts, which include full profiles for each that can be integrated into the user’s work. Users can customize Podio using existing apps from the Podio App Store or by creating their own apps.
Podio was founded in March of 2009 by Anders Pollas, Kasper Hulthin and Jon Froda. Based out of Copenhagen, the company currently consists of nearly 15 individuals, including CEO Tommy Ahlers, CTO Phil Chambers, chairman Thomas Madsen-Mygdal and founding developer Andreas Haugstrup. The headquarters is currently located in Copenhagen, however the company is expanding its reach to include British, German, Danish and French employees. After two years of being in a beta version, Podio was officially launched in March 2011.
Podio offers many of the same features that are expected with this type of application. Although it may not have anything strikingly original, it does offer the things most users want. These features appear time and time again because they are effective and flexible enough to work for almost any kind of project. Podio brings these items together with its own interface design, which some users may prefer over alternative applications.
The Podio website invites users with a blue and white color scheme, complemented by screenshots and video testimonies. The application itself has a very clean design that is reminiscent of Facebook. The user can see each item along with the poster’s name and image. All follow up comments are presented under the item Podio also allows users to create a full profile for each contact they add, centralizing all the information into one convenient virtual location that can be accessed on the web or by iPhone.
A new user can begin by clicking the green “Get Started for Free” button found near the center of the Podio homepage. Doing so will direct the user to the short registration form which requires a name, organization or company name, email address and password. The user must also check the terms of service agreement box at the bottom of the form before submitting their information. The user is automatically taken to their account dashboard and can begin exploring Podio.
After signing up, users are automatically given a free account. The free membership includes unlimited spaces, unlimited apps, unlimited storage, SSL security, standard level support and up to 10 users. Users can also upgrade to a paid membership which costs approximately $100 per month and includes up to 25 users, priority level support, reporting features, user management features, user permission settings and the ability to add additional users for around $4 each per month. Accounts created for 100 users or more maybe eligible for a bulk discount
Podio offers a number of tried and true tools that are ideal for organizing information and completing projects. The application gives users one place to store contacts, schedules and other vital items. The pricing system is also simple and even offers a free version which small businesses can really appreciate.