App of the Week - Ryze

Does this sound familiar? You work a long day - maybe even juggling between multiple freelance jobs. You text a friend that you can’t wait to get together. But then the day is done, you head home, you pass out on the couch - and you wake up the next day to a missed call because you totally forgot your weeknight plans.

It happens to all of us. Between work, family, and the final season of Game of Thrones, it can be hard to find time to coordinate all of your personal relationships and downtime, as well. That’s where the Ryze app might be able to help.

The Ryze app promises to be a way to cut through digital clutter and social media noise, to help you network and socialize better. As the new app’s mission statement describes it, Ryze is “designed to help you focus on building relationships and creating new opportunities for yourself.”

To do this, Ryze focuses in on a few core functions, designed to help users stay organized, remember important information about people and groups, and build better relationships. The app allows users to schedule follow-ups and reminders with their contacts, so they never forget that important personal or networking call. At the same time, Ryze allows you to sort your friends and contacts into smaller groups, making it easier to compartmentalize and keep your contact list organized. The app also allows you to store notes and info on your contacts, build out a professional or social calendar, effortlessly share articles and videos from around the web.

And if you need an extra push to keep your personal relationships on track? The app also helps gamify your everyday interactions, allowing you to track your progress, monitor your daily usage, and make sure you’re engaging with different individuals and groups. Each part of the app works together to build a complex system of person-to-person and social communication, that’s a breeze to set up and use.

Ready to start focusing on the important people in your life? Ryze is available for iOS devices via the Apple app store, with an Android version in the works.

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).