The Salesforce and Do duo are growing their productivity client from app to platform

maker do app invite

The app formerly known as Manymoon, which became Do, shot to the top of the Google Apps Marketplace, and then was acquired by enterprise productivity powerhouse Salesforce, is releasing a new iteration today to inch itself beyond app status into platform territory.

It’s not enough to be a to-do app anymore; the market is littered with them. Even more sophisticated clients are becoming a dime a dozen as mobile and Web apps.

“We’re moving away from being just an application, to a platform,” CEO and founder Amit Kulkarni tells me. “We want to be a platform from the ground up.”

In part, this is thanks to Do’s partnership with Salesforce. “They really know who are customers are and they understand our customers,” he says. “And people in the industry look to them for what’s next.”

Despite this expertise, Kulkarni says the veteran company has allowed them keep their startup roots — while also allowing the team to speed up their product roadmap. And this latest iteration is proof of that.

He emphasizes that the upgrade will better leverage social; you can connect your Google+, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. This information will feed into your Contacts tab, so if someone updates their account, it immediately feeds into this hub. Contacts also holds a detailed, bullet-point history of your interactions with other users and clients.

Do contacts page

Part of what Do really wants to, uh, do (there’s just no way around that phrasing) is play nice with outside content, making it more viable as a platform. For example, Do doesn’t want to replace Google Docs (or Drive, rather) — it wants to integrate with it.

Still, there’s plenty of new Do-exclusive features for users, starting with heightened administrative controls. Business and enterprise Do users will have tools to measure and calculate deals they’re running, as well as watch their progress and assign and perform tasks within them. And there is also a new function allowing admins to share to specific groups of people.

Do deals page

Kulkarni also showed me a new project creation tool that power users and Average Joes will both appreciate: Templates. If you’ve ever used a productivity app, you know you’ve listed several projects over and over — and now you’ll have the ability to save templates to apply later.

In the spirit of growing this platform, Do will also be making its APIs public so developers can build and add to the ecosystem. And in the spirit of full disclosure, an Android app is finally in the works to be released in the extremely near future. Kulkarni says that while Do will also be free, add-on and bonus features will be paid. What you’ll always get for free are unlimited tasks, unlimited users, and unlimited projects. Contacts and Deals will be free to certain amount and after that you can choose to pay. 


Do is clearly moving in the direction that another enterprise-friendly productivity platform is — Evernote. If it can repeat that success while keeping its appeal to mainstream (read: not power users), it could keep on climbing. 

Hit this link to try the beta version of the new Do. 

Social Media

You can now share saved Facebook posts with a Pinterest-like collection tool

Facebook collections can now be shared with friends if you also want to allow them to contribute to the list. Facebook is rolling out an update that allows users to add a contributor to their collections, or lists of saved Facebook posts.

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.

How to start your online business in 6 simple steps

Making the right choices now can greatly impact your success down the line, and the last thing you want to do is spend your energy revisiting old decisions instead of growing your company.
Home Theater

Step aside set-top boxes, the best streaming sticks are tiny and just as powerful

Which streaming stick reigns supreme? We pit the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra against the Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick+, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to help you decide which one will be the best fit in your living room.

Worried about your online privacy? We tested the best VPN services

Browsing the web can be less secure than most users would hope. If that concerns you, a virtual private network — aka a VPN — is a decent solution. Check out a few of the best VPN services on the market.

Broadway actor tells Kanye West to get off his phone during opening night

Theater actors can get understandably upset when they spot someone in the audience fiddling with their phone instead of watching the show. The other night that audience member was Kanye West, and he got called out for it.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.