The Planning Pod Philosophy

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Our philosophy is that any piece of software, no matter how good it is, can always be better. This is why we constantly encourage our observant users to take an active role in providing us with feedback and input. It's why we listen to them so intently. And it's why we are constantly making improvements to our tools.

What most software companies don't realize is that the secret ingredient to better tools is the collective insights of their customers. Having built many online applications over the last decade, we understand this. In fact, it's almost part of our DNA at this point.

So we also consult with an advisory board of event professionals and industry experts to serve as a sounding board of what's happening in their world of corporate event planning and wedding planning. Their direction keeps us attuned to the changes in the industry as well as the changing needs of smart event professionals like yourself. All so we can provide the best and most up-to-date event management software available.

We encourage you to let us know what you think. Just drop us a note or call us at 877-266-3885.

The Planning Pod Team

Steven Feingertz

Co-owner, Designer, Programmer, Master of Ceremonies

Steve is the ultimate glue guy who holds our team together. He has designed and built Web sites and applications for a over a decade, has been a creative director and was even a motorsports photographer. His diverse background makes him the perfect person to head up our product development (meaning he has a special genius of figuring stuff out and making it all work together).

Steve was trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has helped market brands such as Coca-Cola, Indy Racing League and Target.

Jeff Kear

Co-owner, Marketer, Writer, Resident Dreamer

Jeff disappears into his cave quite frequently, only emerging when he's lit upon a new way to engage with people or a crazy new idea for a feature that just might work. He is our marketing czar, our social media director, our mighty and powerful Oz. He has been a writer his entire life and is the team member most likely to either annoy or illuminate us with something he just read.

Jeff graduated fifth in his class at the College of Wooster (cementing his geek status), holds a useless master's degree from the University of Maryland and has helped brand companies such as Great-West Life, Budget Car & Truck Sales and Toyota.

Gavin Vincent

Co-owner, Programmer, Programmer, Programmer

Did we mention Gavin is a programmer? Well, he's not just any programmer. He's the guy who builds the tools that look and function in a super-easy way ... but are in fact crazy complicated from the programming side. And he's also the guy who takes our sometimes outlandish ideas and wishes and turns them into reality. He's a bit of a genie in that way.

But we're not saying he's an idiot savant, either. Gavin was also the brains behind a hugely popular MMA fan site, is almost a scratch golfer and has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State (go Spartans).

The story behind Planning Pod

Before we ever dreamed of building online event management software, we ran a small marketing and branding agency in Denver, CO.

Since we started our agency in 2001, we were always looking for tools to help us be more efficient and productive. Okay, that's not the entire truth. We also hate the busywork required to run a business, and we wanted something that would take some of that crap off our plate. I mean, who really likes compiling timesheets, keeping track of your books or creating proposal after proposal?

We scoured the Web for something that would lighten our load. We found a few enterprise event management software platforms, but we're three guys who barely have enough time to do our billing every month, and we collectively have the patience of a spoiled toddler. There's no way we would spend more than 2 hours trying to figure out some convoluted piece of software built for big agencies.

So we made due with a dozen or so apps and software programs that sort of saved us time and sort of made us more productive. To be honest, I'm not sure juggling a dozen productivity and business applications every day really saves that much time; it almost seems like more work, not less.

Hence our desire to create an online app that pulls lots of important functions together into one convenient place. It seemed that nobody had yet grasped what an event planner needs to run their business; thus we decided to build a tool ourselves.

So we went to work ... 2,263 cups of coffee and tea, 5,947 hours, 23,131 lines of code and countless headslaps later, and Planning Pod was born. We released a beta version in April 2012, launched our first major update in March 2013 and continue to make upgrades and improvements based on our customers' input and feedback.

Now we are up and running and gaining new users every day.

Best of luck with your business,
Steven, Jeff and Gavin, Owners

P.S. We're still in Denver, CO, so drop us a note if you're ever in town.

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