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Forever Ashley Adds NoteStream To Her Commute!


Forever Ashley is a faith-based life & style blog from Atlanta, GA.

Ashley recently found the NoteStream app and blogged the following:

This is my new favorite app. I just discovered it about a week ago but I downloaded it to my iPad and it’s AMAZING. You simply browse through the NoteStreams, download them to your stream, then read. You can explore notes in Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel, Nature, Wine, Food, Arts, Sports, History, etc and store them in the app. The last note I read was called “Int’l Women’s Day – Let’s Drink What we Like!” but there is so much on there to read through. I feel like I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the app but I’m digging it. I love that I’m able to read a few notes before work and arrive feeling like I’ve already kick-started my brain for the morning. If you don’t have it yet definitely check this app out.

Check out the entire review here: http://foreverashley.com/grateful-entertainment-on-commute/

NoteStream Scores Top Marks!


Sarah Hanlon, the reviewer at TheiPhoneAppReview.com wrote the following:

If you’re like me, you have a tendency to miss out on learning new things simply because you feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to sit and read. Unfortunately this means you could be missing out on a new hobby or learning something fun and exciting. NoteStream is an incredible app that revolutionizes the way you discover and learn new information, one note at a time. Developed by NoteStream, Inc., this impressive app is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

The goal of NoteStream is to take large amounts of information on a topic and break it down into bite-sized notes that can be read in only a couple of minutes. While this might sound like a daunting task, the app does a terrific job of delivering information in a way that even the busiest of people can learn something interesting over a short coffee break. When you first open NoteStream, you’ll be asked to create an account either by email or with Facebook. Once you’re set up, you’re taken to the Explore page, where you can view every topic NoteStream covers.

Topics include lifestyle, travel, food, nature, music, and many more. Tapping on one reveals a list of NoteStreams curated by experts in their field so you can trust the information you’re reading. Notes themselves are very precise and properly formatted to the app and screen, meaning NoteStream is visually appealing and lacks a messy interface or clunky navigation. Simply swipe your finger left and right to move between notes. Users can easily add NoteStreams to their personal collection, which saves where they left off. It’s also easy to bookmark certain notes in streams for easy access later.

NoteStream was recently updated to 2.0, which added enhanced notification features so users could easily choose how they want to be notified of new streams released by their favorite authors. Users can also choose how often they’d like to be notified, which definitely cuts down on noise if you’re subscribed to a bunch of authors.

Also, NoteStream uses a very curated list of authors so users can be certain that they’re receiving accurate information. This definitely impressed me, as similar apps and websites have a tendency to be a “free for all” and anyone can contribute. NoteStream also makes it easy to read up on authors via their biography.

NoteStream is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. Overall, I’m definitely impressed with the app and how well it organizes and delivers information to users. The goal of NoteStream is to help you learn new things quickly, and it accomplishes it quite well.

I highly recommend giving the app a try if you enjoy reading about things that interest you.

Concept and Functionality: 5/5
Features: 5/5
Value: 5/5

You can see the full review here: http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/2015/03/notestream-iphone-app/

Great Review Just In From Kelly Stillwell!


Kelly is a mom, full time blogger, travel agent, and foodie! She runs the blog Virtually Yours!

She starts out by saying, “Raise your hand if you’ve ever been sitting in an office waiting to be seen and been bored out of your mind? (Hand raised.) How would you like to have an educational app, right on your phone, where you could learn about topics that interest you?

Let me introduce you to the NoteStream app, a fun, new way to learn interesting facts from all sorts of topics, including Nature, Health, Sports, Fashion and Travel. I found myself gravitating towards the Health and Food sections and ended up reading some great articles on calorie counting and where fat goes when burned off. I really enjoyed how the articles were separated into little sections, or notes, so that you can focus on one main idea at a time with good supporting evidence based on the type of article you’re reading.

And finishes with, “No more sitting around bored for me! The next time I’m waiting for my kids to finish a class or lesson, or sitting in the doctors office, I’ll be learning. And that’s always a good thing.

Read the whole review here: http://kellystilwell.com/entertainment/notestream-educational-app/

Apps/Mirror Reviews NoteStream


Apps/Mirror rated NoteStream four out of five stars, and liked its ease-of-use… They say, “this innovative learning mobile app is sure to change the way we learn today.”

Read their entire review here: http://appsmirror.com/app-review/notestream-a-stream-of-hassle-free-notes/

DailyAppShow Reviews NoteStream — With Video


The folks at DailyAppShow did a fantastic review of NoteStream, including a great video overview.

You can find the entire article here: http://dailyappshow.com/notestream

NoteStream reviewed by Boomer Grandparents.com!


About Boomer Grandparents: In 2010 at age 59, I decided to challenge myself by taking the thoughts swirling in my head regarding the day to day challenges and joys of being not only a Baby Boomer, but a Boomer Grandparent in this digital age, and assembling them into some sort of story.

They did a great review of NoteStream, saying:

NoteStream is an easy to use mobile learning app, featuring content from bloggers and journalists around the world. The app covers many topics, including travel, wine, food, health, and lifestyle. Users can browse through the app to discover new content relevant to their individual interests, and read through articles easily as they are broken down into “bite-sized” bits. The format of the app is perfect for seniors who are looking to learn new things with an easy to use format, much easier than using search engines.
NoteStream was launched in 2014 by Michelle and Richard Forsythe who wanted to learn more about French wine but were underwhelmed with their options to do so. They decided to create a mobile solution where anyone could acquire credible information in the scattered moments of “dead time” found throughout the modern mobile lifestyle. Unlimited NoteStreams can be saved in a personal file box, and automatically picked up where the reader leaves off, and are easily shared.
How is the content generated? NoteStream’s contributors are carefully selected and identified as experts in their designated category. The author profile provides evidence of the author’s expertise and gives ownership and transparency to each NoteStream. Contributors are provided with metrics, including number of readers and time spent with their content. All NoteStream content remains the property of the author and is fully attributed with an author profile and credits. Interested in contributing content to NoteStream? All you need to do, is visit http://www.notestream.com/authors/.

Click here for the complete review: http://boomergrandparents.com/notestream-mobile-learning-app/

NoteStream CEO Interviewed by Huffington Post


The Huffington Post just posted a fantastic interview with Michelle, our co-Founder and CEO. Published in the “Women in Business Q&A” section of HuffPost Business, the interview covers Michelle’s thoughts both on business and personal topics.

Michelle Forsythe is the Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of NoteStream. A life-long, self-driven learner, she has achieved success through the underrated power of asking “Why not?” Her early years found her working in the family restaurant in such glamorous jobs as food prep and bus girl, giving rise to a respect for team building, diligence and hard work. Since then Mrs. Forsythe has excelled in various roles in a wide range of fields, from mortgage banking to fashion design, and also takes pride in volunteering with different non-profit organizations.
NoteStream was co-founded with her husband, Richard, and was born of frustration with the options to learn about French wine: classes are inconvenient with restrictive time commitments, and books can have a habit of wandering off. The rise of the smart phone presented the opportunity to be able to fit something valuable into the bits of “dead time” scattered throughout the hectic modern mobile life.

Born in Los Angeles, California, she grew up in California and Montana.

How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?
When I was 13-years-old, I lived in a small town in Northern California where I developed a strong sense of community and responsibility. Between seventh and eighth grade, I wrote a Christmas play and not only convinced the school administration to let me direct it using the student body as actors and singers, but also a local-area antique store to loan furniture for the set. Throughout the process, no one mentioned that directing and producing was a lot for a 13-year-old to take on, but the possibility of failure didn’t occur to me. The play was a success, and in retrospect I learned that expectations are often limitations. It is easy to be afraid of all the ways one can fail, but I’ve never been one to take the easy route.

How has your previous employment experience aided your tenure at NoteStream?
Many years ago, I had a custom bridal design business. Working with brides and their mothers during such a special time taught me to listen, closely and carefully. This experience brought home the fact that in order for me to be successful, it was critical to help those brides and their mothers realize their dream wedding. My role was to make those dreams reality. Now, at NoteStream I take care to ensure that everyone I work with is successful in his or her vision.

What have the highlights and challenges been during your tenure at NoteStream?
Technology! Programming and development were not a part of my skill set. I found myself having to ask a lot of questions about what could be done. Along the way, we all discovered that sometimes an outside perspective can galvanize a situation. That said, there were times when my suggestions were the cause of hilarity, and the humor helped to keep things in perspective. Being able to laugh at myself has been instrumental in overcoming various obstacles and challenges.

What advice can you offer to women who want to start their own business?
You must be passionate about what you start. New ventures often face resistance to change, so without passion for your project, you will cheat yourself and your company. Secondly, visualize yourself being successful at each stage. You must be able to see the details! Everything from planning your first product, raising funds, closing your first (and your 100th) deal. Then, envision your future self and notice how much more comfortable you are having achieved your goals. Finally, write out the details of each step, but be prepared to change everything as data and feedback come in.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?
There are a couple that stand out. First, saying “because that’s the way it is done” is really nothing more than a lazy answer. Also, technology continues to evolve rapidly, so if you get too comfortable, it probably means you are missing something. The upside of being continuously busy and always striving for more? Boredom is never an issue!

How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Being married to your co-founder is a huge plus. We shared various life experiences and challenges well before we ever even thought about starting a company. So even though we have very different approaches to projects, we knew we could work together. We have had to set times when we do not talk about NoteStream. We start winding down the day while cooking dinner, and by the time we sit down to the table, all business is supposed to be “off the table.” We’ll discuss the books we’re reading, adventures we’ve shared and the places we want to travel. Some weeks we can also discuss the San Diego Chargers. We don’t always succeed in avoiding NoteStream, but we do try.

What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace?
Simply put, outside perception is still biased towards men. Most people assumed Richard would be the CEO of any business we started. Only gradually do people accept a challenge to their way of thinking, and while it is unfair, there is no benefit in getting angry. Focusing on the imbalance only wastes time and energy. Instead, it is more productive to be aware of the potential misconceptions and tackle them on your own terms. Be a leader and “help” people see you the way you want to be seen.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?
My professional trajectory has been very non-traditional, and therefore, I’ve never had a real mentor for my career. That said, my father instilled in me the tenacity to always do what is right, as opposed to what is popular. That lesson is something I’ve carried with me throughout my professional career. In my personal life, many people have had an impact. One of my out-of-town bridal clients showed up for the final fitting on her wedding gown with a happy “surprise”: she was five months pregnant! I had 48 hours to completely rebuild the dress of her dreams. One thing that I learned from that is the ability to meet adversity with respect and grace is a very underrated skill.

What other female leaders do you admire and why?
Wow, so many to choose from! Sandra Day O’Connor, not only for her historic role as the first female Supreme Court Justice, but also for her independent rulings on crucial issues. Also, the phenomenal Julia Child. Here was a woman who couldn’t cook and moved to a country where she didn’t speak the language, but was eventually admitted to Le Cordon Bleu. Not only did Julia Child break through the male dominated culinary world, she went on to teach us everything we needed to know about “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” (with such joy, delight and generous pats of butter).

What do you want NoteStream to accomplish in the next year?
Right now, we are focused on bringing new and compelling content to NoteStream while building readership. Over the next year, the NoteStream platform will continue to grow and expand, with an increased focus on the development of a modern social community. Life today has become so hectic it is hard to find the necessary time in the day to nourish our minds. I want NoteStream to become a reliable source of satisfaction and accomplishment for our readers, especially on days when everything else seems to go wrong.

See the interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-dunn/women-in-business-qa-mich_b_6774878.html

NoteStream™ Launches 2.0 Update, Creates Unparalleled User Experience


Mobile Learning App Provides Platform For Writers and Journalists to Engage with Readers via Mobile

NoteStream™, the innovative learning app designed to enable users to find, enjoy and follow long-form articles and blogs easily on their mobile devices, today announced the launch of NoteStream version 2.0. Available via the Apple® App Store (http://notestream.com/app), NoteStream’s latest update provides readers with an enhanced user experience and navigation capabilities, unprecedented control over in-app push notifications and improved search functionality.
Founded in 2014 by Richard and Michelle Forsythe, the NoteStream app presents content known as NoteStreams in sequential, short, easy-to-read segments known as Notes. Ideal for consumption on a mobile device, unlimited NoteStreams can be saved in a user’s personal file box, are accessible in any order, always remember the user’s last place, and once downloaded, are available offline. Key features of NoteStream version 2.0 include:

  • The Power Wheel™ – the innovative Power Wheel allows users to navigate the app in an intuitive way. In addition, the Power Wheel makes it simple to share a NoteStream via social media and offers the ability to bookmark a particular note for easy access later.
  • Push Notification Control – NoteStream provides readers with unprecedented control over push notifications by allowing them to set the frequency of in-app notifications to either immediately, daily or weekly.
  • Red Crumbs™ – with the introduction of Red Crumbs, users have the ability to “follow the trail of crumbs” to find new and updated content within the NoteStream app, offering a clearly marked trail to new content from the user’s favorite authors.
  • Author Profiles – authors will now have the opportunity to contribute as both a primary or secondary contributor, allowing those who write for multiple publications to have their work featured on NoteStream either as part of the publication or individually. Each NoteStream clearly displays its author along with their respective background or biography.
  • Explore Page – designed to inspire and encourage discovery, the Explore Page allows each subject category of interest to be sorted in one of four ways: by rating, newest, author name or A to Z. Additionally, readers can choose to follow authors via the Author Profile in Explore or even at the end of each NoteStream.

To compliment the app’s update, NoteStream’s website will also be getting a makeover. In conjunction with the launch, the NoteStream website will now include author profiles, as well as full NoteStreams. Authors and their respective NoteStreams will be linked, allowing users to browse online content more effectively. Users will also have the opportunity to add NoteStreams to their mobile app directly from the website.
“Mobile devices and apps account for more than half of the Internet usage in the U.S. ,” said Michelle Forsythe, CEO and co-founder of NoteStream. “Not only are we now seeing mobile exceed PCs in terms of how users are accessing the Internet and information, but we are also now understanding the impact that mobile devices and apps themselves have on how we consume content. Studies show nearly 90 percent of time spent on mobile is spent in apps . Mobile responsive websites simply aren’t good enough. NoteStream metrics have shown that 73 percent of users that start a NoteStream will finish it, even with longer content. By continuously adding new expert contributors to the NoteStream app, we are providing users with wide-ranging categories for exploration, and giving bloggers, writers and journalists a powerful platform to engage with their readership via mobile.”
NoteStream’s contributors are carefully selected and identified as experts in their designated category. The author profile provides evidence of the author’s expertise and gives ownership and transparency to each NoteStream. Contributors are provided with metrics, including number of readers and time spent with their content. All NoteStream content remains the property of the author and is fully attributed with an author profile and credits. Individuals interested in contributing to NoteStream are invited to visit http://www.notestream.com/authors/.

For the full press release, visit PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12518981.htm

TSL: Now on NoteStream


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Twenty Something Living, a blog written by and intended for twenty-somethings, just reviewed NoteStream… Here’s what they had to say:

A part of growing this wonderful site has been the unique opportunities we receive to work with different brands that we think align with our values. We are also huge fans of technology that allows us to more easily access content that we are interested in learning about, hence why our iPhones are chock full of all the best apps.

So we were absolutely thrilled when we were approached about a smartphone app called NoteStream, a new mobile learning app that allows writers to share their content with a wider audience. Say what? A place that readers can go to learn more about whatever category they are interested in that day? With articles from all over the web and from publications and people that we all know and love? Sign us up!

Not super familiar with NoteStream? Let us give you the lowdown:

NoteStream was launched in 2014 by Michelle and Richard Forsythe who wanted to learn more about French wine, but were underwhelmed with their options to do so. They decided to create a mobile solution where anyone could acquire credible information in the scattered moments of “dead time” found throughout the modern, mobile lifestyle.

NoteStream offers a selection of categories that share information – in many different categories, much like we do on our site – so readers have lots of material to indulge in. Now NoteStream users are able to peruse content from Twenty Something Living right in their app!

So what exactly is the deal?

According to Michelle Forsythe, CEO and co-founder of NoteStream the app “was designed to share inspiring and enlightening content with readers wishing to learn on the go.” We like reading on the go and we know so many of our friends and readers do as well, so this is perfect.

So, the moral of the story is this, you now have access to our content on another platform. We could not be happier! To learn more about NoteStream, you can either download the app for free or visit their website here.

To see the review in full, go here: http://twentysomethingliving.com/tsl-now-notestream/

Minnie Rose Reviews NoteStream…


Minne Rose, a fashion blogger, saw our new Fashion category and took a look at NoteStream. Her blog post starts by saying:

Let me start off by saying I’m not an app person. A friend of mine used to hijack and download all the latest apps on my phone for me. I would keep them for about 5 seconds and delete them off my phone for one reason or another. I have a few trusted apps I kept and NoteStream has now joined the ranks!

You can read the complete post here:
https://minnieroses.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/notestream/

Thank you Minnie!