Zenkit

The project management tool that grows with you

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#4 Product of the DayNovember 23, 2016

Zenkit is a tool you can use to organize anything: Collaborate with your team, track projects, build databases, or simply manage your personal to-do lists. Zenkit is flexible enough to fit any workflow, and powerful enough to run your business on.

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  • Patrick SchüllerMarketing/SEO @Zenkit
    Pros: 

    Great tool for project management. Easy handling and great for my team. Love it!

    Cons: 

    Waiting for mobile

    I am using Zenkit with my team for a year now. I use it as a CRM system and an editorial calendar. It offers a nice overview, so my team always knows what to do and when to do it.

    Patrick Schüller has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Innovative concept, generous free plan, dedication to making it a rock solid application.

    Cons: 

    Had an issue with a bug, but the team fixed it within hours.

    Edited my review to reflect the awesome response time to problem I encountered. Incredible, hard working team and their app reflects the care and dedication they have put into Zenkit. Keep up the great work, Zenkit!

    Yasmin Smith Quintal has used this product for one month.

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Martin WelkerMaker@martinwelker · CEO of Zenkit
Hi ProductHunt! First off, thanks @galimotion for hunting us! What a great surprise :) We’ve been working really hard on Zenkit for the past couple of years, and are excited to finally share it with the world! The idea behind Zenkit came about because it’s 2016 and people are still using multiple tools simultaneously to do their work. Spreadsheets, Kanban board, to do lists, CRMs, etc. The tools don’t talk to each other, and constantly switching between them is counterproductive. We faced that same problem ourselves every day. So we thought, what if we could implement all of these different “tools” around the information itself? Zenkit is not just a Kanban board, or a spreadsheet, list and calendar. It’s a single collaborative platform that has your data at its core. We also have a few very exciting new features on the roadmap that we’ll be releasing over the coming months, so we’re excited to have you along for the ride! If you have any feedback or questions, or just want a chat, please post here or email me directly at martin@zenkit.com! Thanks! Martin CEO & Founder at Zenkit
Daniel Ari@wharfratde · Photographer
@martinwelker @galimotion @zenkit Hi Martin. Have been testing Zenkit and so far, so great. Are you guys planning on delivering a mobile version? Because without it, you won't be able to attract many users. Thanks
Martin WelkerMaker@martinwelker · CEO of Zenkit
@wharfratde @galimotion @zenkit Hi Daniel, yes! The iOS app is under development right now, and we're hoping to release it at the end of this year. Android is planned for Q1 next year.
Sanjeev Sharma@designjaunt
Just did a quick run in with Zenkit and I feel like Christmas is already here!! I have to share that it's been a while since a web app, especially a productivity tool brought a big smile on my face :D I've tried a LOT of project management apps, most of them are built around the same old concepts and have a few things that are implemented slightly differently from other. And probably that's why none of them have ever worked for me. I strongly feel Zenkit's simple yet revolutionary approach would work for my needs and probably many others like me. I'm super excited to see how Zenkit makes our work lives easier on a daily basis. Martin and team @Zenkit, all the very best. More power to you!!!
Martin WelkerMaker@martinwelker · CEO of Zenkit
Thank you very much! Please keep me updated about your experiences!
Martin WelkerMaker@martinwelker · CEO of Zenkit
@designjaunt Thank you so much Sanjeev! That's exactly what we were aiming for. I hope Zenkit can be the tool that finally makes your work life easier ;)
Sanjeev Sharma@designjaunt
@martinwelker Thanks for making Zenkit! I'll surely share my experience.
Feech@jasenf · SaaS CEO. Cut me and I bleed code.
@designjaunt Hey Sanjeev - curious which view or views you use the most? Zenkit seems to focus on providing a lot of different lenses. I'm interested in the cross between task managers and project management tools, currently working on my own version of this.
Mathias ElmoseHunter@galimotion · The Chewbacca of EdTech
Looks very promising. There is some innovation happening to the "old" kanban board which is great. You have the very similar approach to views as Airtable which I use now instead of Trello. What's the differences between Zenkit and Airtable?
Martin WelkerMaker@martinwelker · CEO of Zenkit
@galimotion Thanks for asking Mathias! (And sorry for the delayed response :) I’ve known Airtable as a product since the beginning and I deeply respect their work. They do a great job. It’s an important question. Same if true for the difference to Trello, Asana, Podio etc. The question can be answered in the past, the present and the future: The past Airtable started (as the name suggests) with a spreadsheet. So their initial focus might have been the spreadsheet (as the brand name suggests). Later they added a form view, a badge view and a pivot view (Also: good job, guys). Kanban views, calendars, spreadsheets and simple lists are essential parts of Zenkit from day one. Not because we just wanted to build “as many views as we can” but because it supports your mission. These views are deeply connected with each other to give you the feeling that you can see your data from many perspectives and you don’t have to switch tools anymore. Having different views is not just a “nice to have” for us. It’s essential. We chose the name Zenkit to express our mission: To ease the pain for users to select the “right” tool for a project. And ease the “pain” to switch to another tool when the first decision was wrong. With Zenkit you build YOUR stress free platform, because you do not have to get into a fixed schema too soon. The present The hard facts right now: Airtable and Zenkit both are schema-based, flexible, and easy-to-use / end-user-friendly database systems with “almost” equal views. We put much more effort in Kanban boards, we have aggregations on values, we have 2D-kanban boards. Airtable has pivot views etc. Needless to say that Airtable has lots of features that we do not have. But I think the most interesting question is: How will they be different in the future? The future Of course no one know the future (oh, really?). I cannot know what Airtable’s plans are nor can I tell you every detail about our plans. But at the end of the day, the difference might be a matter of the vision, the mission, the DNA. We will focus on becoming a stress-free information platform. There are a few more important view that are already in alpha: Mind maps, Analytics and Gantt diagrams. We believe that these views almost complete our mission of showing you your data in the best possible way at any stage. Views are not the only aspect of an information platform. We also believe a person-centric view to your data is essential. We are working on that too. A small step in this direction is the global search over all tables, boards etc. Tables must not be separated. This journey has just begun. TL;DR: Regrading the DNA. Again, I cannot speak for Airtable, but the mission of Zenkit is formed by one simple question: “How will the future of information systems look like – not 2 years from now, not 5 years, but in 200 years?” - “That’s a ridiculous, stupid, naïve question”, I already hear your analytical brain shouting. Of course no one can even imagine what is possible. So let’s start imagine about things that should NOT be part of the future: The “pain” of finding new tools each time we start something new. The “pain” of switching systems when a project gets bigger and the basic tool is not enough anymore. These pains should vanish. Can you imagine the “Jedi order” struggling whether to use a spreadsheet or a Kanban board? Or Captain Kirk being unhappy with his decision to use a Gantt diagram instead of a calendar? Probably not. Sure, they will neither use spreadsheets nor Kanban broads but most probably 4D-laser-something-or-others. Well and, yes, Captain Kirk don’t exist. I know. And yes, it’s a very romantic view of the future, maybe it’s too naive to believe that we will not struggle with technology anymore. But back to my point - what is this picture of the future about? (1) It shows that these pains are not here to stay. Someone has to work on it. (2) It shifts your perspective. Just a little bit. Suddenly all your favorite tools and views, the current state-of-the-art technologies become only a “today” implementation of this desire to visualize your information. Neither of them is here to stay forever. Zenkit will always try to deeply integrate new perspectives, maybe we will see VR very soon. (3) The future must be beautiful. Personally I don’t like spreadsheets very much – even if they are very powerful. They seem like a construction yard to me. No construction yards on the Enterprise.
Howie LiuHiring@howietl · Cofounder, CEO @ Airtable
Cofounder and CEO of Airtable here. First off, thanks for the kind words and welcome to the productivity space! "A non-programmer is someone who is uncomfortable with precision and abstraction, which seems to cover most people. For the most part they can only tell a computer what to do by pushing buttons. Sometimes one button push does a lot, but if there’s not a button (perhaps with a few accompanying form elds) that does what they want, they are reduced to leading the computer by the hand with a sequence of manual button pushes. Except for spreadsheets, we have not been very successful in finding better ways for them to adapt the computer to their needs." -Butler Lampson, founding member of Xerox Parc The spreadsheet is one of the most prolific and enduring productivity tools of all time—not just for arbitrary reasons like the political history between MSFT’s Access and Excel teams, but also for its fundamental, first-principles advantages of information density, an intuitive layout, rapid *and* highly intuitive manipulation capabilities, etc. (See also: http://home.cc.gatech.edu/guzdia... https://medium.com/@aofstad/maki... http://www.infoworld.com/article... ) As such, we at Airtable spent an inordinate amount of time designing and implementing a first-class grid view that was as fast and easy to use as a spreadsheet, but also offered the rich structure of a relational database. This meant replicating interactions like the fill handle and batch copy/paste, doing typecasting so you can paste text into a link cell and make it autolink to the corresponding record, doing perf optimizations so it can handle 1000s of rows, and handling true, full realtime sync on a relational database model (see https://news.ycombinator.com/ite... ). That being said, our broader vision is to do for software creation what the GUI operating system did for personal computing ( see http://bit.ly/2ggGKL2 ). That is, to provide a lego kit for end-users to themselves create the software workflows that elegantly meld to their own idiosyncratic needs. Salesforce—where I previously worked after they acquired my previous company—has been attacking this problem for heavyweight enterprise use cases with Force.com (which also happens to be their fastest-growing segment of revenue, doing $1B+/year). We’re building a massively accessible, consumerized way for anyone to create their own useful software workflows. New view types has always been part of that vision; our philosophy is to put a high level of design scrutiny and interaction polish on our new features before releasing them, which is why we’ve done so in a gradual, piecemeal way over the past couple years. In Airtable, one of the most useful things you can do with views is to create multiple views with different presentation formats (i.e. kanban board, calendar, grouped records, etc) and different filter/hidden columns/row and column ordering conditions, on top of the *same underlying table*. This has been especially invaluable to our high-end customers, who may have hundreds of users interacting with the same table. Some other things into which we’ve invested much of our time over the past couple years are (after all, we have a furiously-working team of 20 with backgrounds from Google, Dropbox, Facebook, etc): -First-class native app experiences for Android and iOS (more on that here: http://bit.ly/2gmMAMb ) -A fully-featured API (and IFTTT/Zapier connectors) -And more major developments that I can’t quite share yet, but I promise will be useful to all Airtable users and enable even more possibilities with our platform. -Scaling up our system to provide durable realtime functionality to over 30,000 companies with over 3 million bases in Airtable (you can read about some of them here: https://airtable.news/ ) Hope that sheds some light on Airtable’s efforts to date, and where we’re going in the future!
Steven Hambleton@stinhambo · Founder, Emailancer
@howietl You should post this to the back page of the New York Times... @aofstad
Blaine Hatab@blainehatab · Co-founder, Open Minded Innovations
@howietl @aofstad I absolutely love the mastery on the problem set you've set out to solve, but you're insane if you think I'm going to read all of this. My brain is saying "thing that replaces trello and things like that. looking for 1-3 short reasons why it's better than that."
Mick B@mickb · I build apps!
Just imported everything from Trello - seamless. Nice work!
Nick Mavridis@nick_mavridis · Magic 8 Labs
As a medium sized dev shop owner our bread and butter tools are trello, jira and assembla. These tools are old skool and very rigid. That's where Zenkit is a game changer. After getting past the adaption and mental mindset of our developers we can safety say Zenkit fills in the gaps solving some issues with trello. Importing our Trello board into Zenkit is painless. We look forward to the future of productivity.