Posts by Forrest Dylan Bryant

Inventing the Future: Greetings from Our New CEO

Hi, I’m Ian Small. Today is my first day as CEO of Evernote. This morning, the Evernote board announced to the team that Chris O’Neill was leaving the company and that I was joining as CEO. We are all hugely appreciative of the energy and dedication Chris has shown over the last 3 years, and in particular for putting Evernote on a solid financial footing so we can continue to

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Introducing Templates, A Better Way to Make Notes

Getting your thoughts out of your head is the first step to organizing them and turning them into action. That’s what Evernote is all about. But not all notes are created equal. Look at your own collection of notes and you’ll probably find some that are carefully structured, and others that are a stream of consciousness. There’s nothing wrong with winging it, of course, but if you want to gain

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Love Books? Why Evernote is a Bibliophile’s Best Friend

Prologue: Books are magic Ever since the first scholars and scribes put stylus to scroll and codex, humanity has had a love affair with books. And why not? “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends,” wrote educator Charles William Eliot. “They are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” More than that: books are magic. They’re bigger on the inside than they

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6 Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive

Whether you drive, bus, bike, walk, or segway to work, the average American spends more than 100 hours a year commuting. That’s more than the average two-week vacation. Who would consciously choose a car over sunny Croatia? No one. All those hours add up. For example, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were a little more than 139 million workers commuting in 2014. At an average of 26 minutes

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Smarter Communication: The Key to Remote Team Success

By Forrest Dylan Bryant One of the benefits of our device-centric, always connected world is that people can do their work from literally anywhere. Freed from the constraints of the office, more and more folks are getting things done from temporary spaces, out in the field, or even at home. But, like everything else in modern business, there are real challenges that come along with that freedom. How do we

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6 Ways to Automate Simple Work Tasks

Buried under emails, expense reports, meeting requests, and dozens of other administrative tasks, everyone has that little voice in their heads wishing their to-do list could vanish or magically get completed for them. With automation, that wish may be granted. Take Reddit user FiletOfFish1066. In 2016, he claimed to have automated his entire job as a programmer: “In the past six years I have maybe done 50 hours of real

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Web Clipper: How to Improve Your Browsing Experience Forever

Finding what you’ve already found There are over 1.4 billion websites with 140,000 more added every day. That’s a lot of URLs. It’s why Google handles 5.5 billion searches a day, and why so many of those searches return millions of results. So finding the right information is tough. And once you’ve found it, you better not lose track of it. You might be thinking that’s what bookmarks are for.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Genius to Be Creative

Are you a creative person? Chances are, you said you aren’t. We’ve been conditioned to believe that creativity is the sole domain of geniuses, a kind of divine inspiration that is beyond the reach of ordinary people. But the common perception of creativity is largely based on myth and legend. Allen Gannett, CEO of TrackMaven and author of “The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right

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Discovering the Secrets of “Dream Teams” – Evernote Sits Down with Shane Snow

We’ve all heard about “dream teams,” collections of amazing individuals who somehow become more than the sum of their parts and achieve extraordinary things. History is littered with legendary sports teams, breakthrough businesses, and other groups who overcome impossible odds, but such teams are still incredibly rare. So we celebrate them, mythologize them, and even build pop culture franchises around the dream-team concept (superheroes, anyone?). But beyond the myths are

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The Graduation Speech: Excellent Advice for Everyone (Not Just Students)

Advice is everywhere. Anybody who can get online can get on a soapbox. And no one has the time to curate everything that’s being said about living well, productivity, morality, or any aspect of living a better life. There’s simply too much to grasp. But we’ve done some homework and discovered that every year there’s a specific event, one moment, that is perfectly centered and unapologetically committed to offering great

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