4 Apps this Cloud Executive Can’t Live Without

You’d think there would be just one app for Andy McLoughlin, but this tech executive realizes diverse experiences only make his products better. The co-founder and executive vice president of strategy at Huddle, an enterprise-grade collaboration tool primed for cloud computing and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) era, Andy uses a variety of mobile apps for his work and personal life. He shares several of the apps he can’t live without, along with some touching stories of the people and places that have contributed to his appreciation of diversity.

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Andy McLoughlin, co-founder and EVP of Strategy at Huddle

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8 things that make  Andy McLoughlin smarter

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I couldn’t live without my iPhone – even before you’ve downloaded any 3rd party apps, having access to maps, email and my calendar is absolutely invaluable. It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago we would print out maps and a daily schedule!

The real genius of iOS and Android are the app stores. In addition to our Huddle app (of course!), I use Evernote to help me remember the minor details that will one day be very useful.I use it for everything from meeting notes and names of movies, to jotting down inspiration that comes to me in the middle of the night.

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One of the few drawbacks of the millions of apps we use today is having to remember millions of passwords. Dashlane is a password management app and digital wallet I was recommended a while back and I simply couldn’t live without it now.

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I pride myself on local knowledge – being able to find and recommend the best bars and restaurants gives me a kick. Most of this knowledge comes directly from the Yelp iPhone app. In San Francisco many places have thousands of reviews so it’s easy to gauge what’s truly great. Foursquare is also a great tool for recommending local spots.

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Living in London for many years provided an international view that even a city like San Francisco can’t match. Millions of people from hundreds of countries, working in dozens of industries, help you to remember that not everyone in this world thinks like we do in California – remembering this helps us make better products.

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My parents are very different people but equally inspirational. My father spent his life as an accountant and frustrated entrepreneur and instilled the entrepreneurial spirit in me at an early age. My mother is incredibly creative and has a wonderful sense of design and aesthetic. I think that the combination of these traits really shine through in everything I work on.

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Traveling to tech hubs worldwide – whether I’m in San Francisco, Berlin, Dublin, London or Istanbul I’m always blown away by the innovation, great ideas and entrepreneurs I meet. It’s great to share ideas with innovators!

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Lastly (and obviously) I use Huddle every day to work with my teams across the globe. We use it to share and collaborate on content like press releases, product release plans, graphical assets and functional specifications. Workflow and task management helps us keep everything on track. Everything is version controlled and audited, and it works seamlessly across the web, my Mac’s desktop and my iPhone and iPad.

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This is an excerpt from SiliconANGLE’s Q&A with Andy, originally appearing in the CEO Series with Kristen Nicole.