Tracy Gray, founder and CEO of the innovative jewellery brand Button and Bean, spoke to Blackberry and explained how she used her phone for managing a start-up. Gray says that in her business (custom silver jewellery modelled around a fingerprint) she uses the device to reply to email queries and manage expenses and invoices. It also means she doesn't have to take up space with a laptop.
Part of the technology available from Blackberry handsets is the Enterprise Server Express. A free service that offers automatic syncing of emails, calendars and task lists, a free/busy lookup on your calendar and remote file management. All very useful stuff in the time-consuming early days of getting a business off the ground.
We're big fans of Blackberry's kit here at Smarta HQ (we want you to be too - check out our competition to win a Pearl handset!) and they haven't been hanging around. The PlayBook is about to land in our shops any moment, and the whispers are that the Storm 4 will also be released this year.
The team at Research In Motion have also been focusing on developing the Blackberry App World - and we recently asked Rory O'Neill, the senior director of business marketing at RIM to give us his pick of the best Blackberry business apps.