Work – Life Balance

Leaving the work on time or respecting traditional working hours is not very common in a startup. The work swing can be abysmal from week to week and you need to spend more or less hours depending on each project.

Working from home and being flexible with schedules is just another way to work. At Wave we are seeing that is possible to balance a very demanding work with a satisfying personal life.This is how we roll at Wave:

Work flexible, but respect other lifestyles

Generally all the teams coordinate more or less their working hours with their department. Some have children and prefer to work early in the morning and some are very awake late at night, however, we all work simultaneously during the day.

We don’t call, we don’t send mails, we don’t text: we Slack. It is an interactive application in which you can create various groups of chat with your workmates. In that way each conversation is very well classified, and earlier comments can easily be found. It also enables you to share documents and make video calls between members of the office, so we always have the information we need easily. Slack is one of the fastest growing start ups but there are other similar apps in the market, too.

Teams communicate between them

We think that the key to a successful team is to communicate effectively. In a startup it is always very enriching to connect with other departments, for example our developers know how the brand is marketed and the marketing team knows the new features that the product department is developing. In this way every team member can have an opinion and most of all learn about a specific subject no matter if it’s not his/her core business.

Call at any time you need

Quick calls,  videos and chats are always on hand when working from home. It is important to communicate with the colleagues in the fastest possible way even if the teams are not physically in the same place. We are always connected so we can post an idea at night and let others read it in the morning.

Weekly meetings points in the office

The office is not just a meeting point to discuss about processes and tasks, it is also a space where the team can have a glimpse of what others are doing and get involved in the core of the company. It is a time to have fun, relax and get to know each other, which is extremely important for remote workers as they could feel they are part of something great.

For us it is a weekly reference in which we can meet with our business partners, talk with the colleagues and above all to see what other departments are up to. Most of us meet once a week in the office, and the laughs can be heard a long before entering the building.

Is not for everyone

Working from home is quite a challenge, though. It is a decentralised model in which each worker establishes their schedules and tasks autonomously and shares with others their results and concerns. It’s not for everyone, it takes an extremely proactive person to be able to work this way. Nobody is evaluated by the hours they spend in front of the screen but by the results.

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Location apps are the hottest hot! Be an early bird ;)

Do you have a gadget to find where your car is? Or a tool to find your friends when you are lost in the streets? What today seems easy, was just a dream a few years ago. We don´t even realise how location apps have changed our lives. Finding cars, finding friends, arriving on time, checking out the news, the weather, the new restaurants… Look at your installed apps: Wave Application, Park My Car, Cabify or Google Maps. We have shortlisted the most common situations in which you use location to make your life easier:

Find your friends – no more “where are you’s”

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When you arrive late (we all do, sometimes 😉 ) and your friends are already gone it is difficult to meet them if they are heading somewhere and all you’ve got is a bunch of missed calls and unanswered messages. Here at Wave we found out the solution. Open a group on Wave Let’s Meet app with your friends and see where they are going or set a meeting point. Wave is 100% private so you all need to accept before you can start see each other on a live map. What’s new in the 3.0 is the Temporary Sharing – feature: now you can wave with the non-Wavers! Send your live location during 15 min to any of your contacts who don’t have Wave installed.

Find the car

Looking for your car trying to look like you’re just walking around? Right, this happened to most of us. The app that we liked most to solve this problem is My Car Locator, since it allows you to register accurately using the location your car and you can consult it whenever needed, as well as get directions to get to the car.

Park the car

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Not only where you parked but where to park? The odyssey of everyone living in a big city. If it takes you 20 minutes to get to a place, you know you will at least have to add 10 more to find a parking spot. And that being lucky, right? Applications like Wazypark identify public garages in cities, airports or stadiums where you can see if there are places available and reserve them in advance. To park in the street, it allows you to see where there are spots left, thanks to comments from users who leave their place free at any given time.

Find your favorite restaurant or bar

Whether you need a vegan restaurant, a deluxe experience or just standard food, you only have to go to one of the world’s largest restaurant portals, Yelp, where you can find, thanks to your location, the most suitable one to your preferences. We love the amount of filters you have to sort out for prices, type of food, location and user ratings.

Find your date

We become more practical every day, and to find new friends in a city or to have an appointment we do not want to have to travel very far. Applications such as Tinder, Happn for dating and finding a romance are ideal tools that use our phone location as the first filter when it comes to finding our ideal partner for weekends or romantic dates.

What star do you have in front of you?

Astronomers or the more romantic ones also have a perfect application that identifies their location. Sky Map, from Google, allows you to observe the sky through the camera of your mobile device to know with which constellation you are facing. The compass and gps are the essential tools for this application.

GPS

There are so many and they are so good that we have tried a few, from classic Google Maps to some paid as Navigon. We like all of them, although we have fell in love with Here, a young promise that has delighted us with the indications of the type “follow the natural route of the road” that we believe are very intuitive and differ from the usual robotic language of all GPS we have.

Want to add something more? Let us know below and we would test it! 😉

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Choose the way you Wave – this is what our super Wavers tell us

Did you know that people have had more than 260 million of Wave sessions worldwide to interact with their friends, family and co-workers?

Technology is developing continuously new ways to connect with each other online, however, it’s good to have tools to use on daily basis, when we need to meet someone on the go in real life, too. Using real-time location it is easier than ever to find our people in crowded places. We can send a request to share the location with our friends, wait until they accept it and then view them on a map. If needed, we can set a meeting point and arrive easily.

Thousands of unforgettable moments are produced every day in city centres, busy streets, concerts or natural landscapes. Wave has made possible more than 60 millions of meetings in just over two years of life. And the ones left? Countless. We want to share with you some of the stories from our users that find Wave useful for their daily routine.

A ‘safety belt’ for outdoor sports

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Joanna, 32, is a French teacher and climbs mounts and risks during the weekends around Albertville. The sportswoman knows every risk and every peak of the Eastern French geography. She has been doing it for a while, since she met some friends on social networks that share the same interests. She knows it is as funny as risky so she needs a good technology to ensure her safety by allowing other friends to see their location and find her fast if she needs. “You know, in the mountains there are not street signals, numbers or things that can you name when you are lost, so I need a precise real time technology that allows others and myself to find the rest of the group using sharing location”, she explained us.

“You never know what could happen to you up there, away from the eyes of the people. Although we climb in big groups, we usually break up into small ones”, admitted Joanna. “Two months ago I sprained my ankle and I had to wait alone for my teammates to help me get down the peak. Actually, I did not even have to pick up the cell phone, my colleagues opened the wave we have in group and immediately knew where I was on the map in real time”; she told us. “It was hard enough to think of getting down to even get worried about being lost”, she joked.

A beer out in a massive city

Jerry is a 48 year old engineer who lives in Bogotá, Colombia. He changed his city- Iowa-  for love and lives happily in Colombia for a year with his wife, Daniela and his daughter, Flora. “Coming to live in Latin America was the best decision of my life and as time pass by, I feel more integrated in the culture of the country”, said Jerry. “Everything here is very colourful, the people are very friendly, but the city is one authentic odyssey”, admitted.

Bogota, with 8 million inhabitants, is a gigantic city divided into districts not very organised, with a large amount of daily traffic and a continuous traffic jams at all hours. “When I landed here I needed a tool that I can use daily to be connected with my people and help me understand this massive city.  A colleague told me about Wave Application, a location – sharing app that connects me with my family, workmates and friends in real time only when I need to. When I go for a beer with my friends – that happens every week – or I eat out after work with my wife and her friends, I send them a request for 30 minutes, they accept it and we can see each other in real time on a private map. In addition, while I walk I chat and watch the streets they take, so I Iearn several routes to arrive that I know are good”, he said.

Work easier with people around

Kareem is a 24 years old tour guide who lives in Goa, India, one of the most touristic places in Asia and a place of concentration of its customers. “I live in Goa because I speak several languages ​​and I can work of what I like, that is introducing the Indian culture, History and nature to others” Kareem explained to us. In a city like this it is usual to see the guides carrying bright posters for the group to follow.

However, it is a very inefficient way to lead because the city is full of street markets, food markets and long and crowded streets. “This way or working does not allow tourists to have freedom; they have to follow me all the time, even if they are tired or hungry” thought Kareem. “That’s why I started searching for a tool that would allow me to share my location with my customers only for a few hours and use technology to work better”, he said.

“Wave Application makes my life a lot easier because I create with my clients the previous night groups in just 10 seconds and the next day we can all meet at the meeting point that I put in. This allows me to do my job without annoying my clients. Usually the young people take some free time during the tour to drink something with their friends and the oldest tourists go to buy souvenirs” he laught. “However, when I call the chat, everyone goes to the meeting point that I set without getting lost and without being exasperated” explained Kareem.

Would you like to be portrayed too on our stories? Please, drop us a line or send us an email!

Groups: the location – sharing feature made real

Sharing the location is a trend and people are more and more willing to share their location privately with their friends whenever they are meeting in crowded places. Recently, the biggest social networks have launched timid features of location, but have forgotten a very important issue: people usually go out in groups!

Wave application was born in 2013 to precisely offer something that nobody had seen before: the option to open groups with friends to share their location and set a meeting point. It can be used in any city in the world, concerts or festivals. Sharing the location in a group is one more way to be connected with whoever you want and only when you want. So far, we have facilitated more than 260 millions of sessions and 60 millions of waves between friends, family members or work colleagues and we have not stopped growing to reach almost 8 millions of users.

The feature

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Wave Application

To see how group location works, you can go to the menu and select “create a group”, then add directly all members you want and select the period of time for the wave. Our most common wave lasts 15 minutes, however you can set up one for 30 minutes, one hour, 2 hours and so on, up to 8 hours. The latest one is very useful for those travelling, doing sports outdoors or driving home safely without getting disturbed by using the smartphone.

Once the group is created a request will be sent automatically to each contact and you are all set up! When the requests are accepted a map will be displayed with each contact so you can have a better insight of where are specifically each one and they can see where are you too. That way nobody gets lost and annoyed of waiting. All of you can gather directly no matter in which city you are and how well (or badly 😉 )  you know the streets.

When the time selected expires nobody will be able to share their location anymore, unless they open a new one. Privacy is our core value as we believe location is something personal that should be shared only when needed and not at all times. As users we know that we should be the ones to control tech to make our life easier and avoid being controlled by tech and third parties.

Why groups

Groups are created to fulfil daily situations in which people meet up with friends or more people, change the place to stay, meet in crowded places or simply don´t know the city and how to get there.

Here at Wave we firmly believe that our 60 million of Waves created by our almost 8 millions of users are a sign that we are revolutionising the way people interact by displaying our native technology in real time. This tech is built specifically to provide the best design and solution for people’s lives and with the passion of doing it better and more precise than any other location service.

Female friends

Did you hear about this one? 5 Apps to be used only with the insiders ;)

Finding interesting people with whom to talk to about your sport team, exotic hobbies or fitness diets is a recurring option for those evenings when you have no plan and would love to meet someone new. In the era of social networking, this is made easy and in fact, it is super common to connect with someone who shares your particular interests.

There are many things we can share, but let’s be honest, there are some that you would rather keep to your closest friends. We are talking about moments and things that you would like to share only with those who care most. Those ones that know you almost better than you know yourself. Here’s a list of apps to use only with our inner circle 😉

Wave application

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Wave Application

Our contribution, Wave application, is a precise and real-time geolocation system, which allows you to share your location with your friends when in crowded places, outdoors doing sports or for example picking up your better half. Although there are more apps in the market that share the same insight with us, there is not a single one that shares the same approach. Privacy, bidirectionality, realtime, limited duration and top-notch UX and design mean everything to us. Try it for free on iOS and Android.

Uriji Jami

Creating the ideal environment to share a dream or a project with your friends is a delicate matter, although they are the only people you would tell your crazy dream of singing in public, make Youtube videos or open your own brand. Choosing the moment to share something as personal and as special as a dream can be an odyssey in such a fast and connected world. That is why we are amused by Uriji Jami app, which allows you to share with your friends comments that are dreams or projects that you want to undertake.

Through the application you can stay to late to advise and receive feedback on your projects, speak freely of them and also help your friends. Did you know that a friend wants to open a brand? Or did you notice that a friend wants to go and see the stars in some Nordic country? something that you also wanted since you started that course of photography. Check out privately the most personal side of your mates and share your own stories. You can use it on desktop version or download it for free for iOS.

Supper Club App

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If you have just left your parents’ house, you have opted for being a vegetarian or for some reason, you have decided to learn how to cook, Supper Club App allows you to share your delicious dishes and your progress with your friends in a private group. This application allows you to create a group with your friends, share recipes found on the web, add your own with photograph and even add on the calendar appointments to organize a dinner – and actually prove that you are so good at cooking. SupperClub app offers periodic events in the main cities of the world to unite the true lovers of gastronomy. By the moment it is getting updates but it will be online very soon.

Cluster

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Have you ever come across an invitation on Facebook from a relative or even from your mother? In those situations we feel like Facebook is more public than private and there are things we would not like to share with our family. Unfortunately, sometimes we want the opposite and we would love to share some unique and personal information with close friends or family and not with our 500 friends on every social network. If you still feel that there are times when the mainstream social networks are not the best way to connect with them, test Cluster.

We love how this app mimics the Facebook design with a timeline of photographs, status updates and comments that allow us to share the best and most intimate of our free time with only those who really care. To start, create a group with your family, another with your friends from school and another with those at work and share with them the most personal. Available and free for iOS and Android.

Capsule Cam

One of our favorite applications to share memories is Capsule Cam, although it works like any other online storage that you can open in iCloud or Google Drive or Dropbox, to name a few, this application gives you the added value of simplicity and having everything on the same place. Our parents, grandparents, siblings or friends can upload photos of the wedding or the latest event, comment on them, save them and even print them from the application. In this way we are all able to collect all the possible pics of a memorable event. It is free for Android.

Friends having fun meeting through an app

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 apps to discover what’s up in your city and enjoy the free time

Sunny days are back and having a coffee or an ice cold beer with your friends is a perfect plan that costs almost nothing and keeps you smiling long after. Make it easy and open a Wave with your favourite ones…it was never faster to hit the best terraces with the besties 😉

Once you have set the meeting point on Wave, what to do? Whatever you want is at your fingertips: we introduce you the best new startups that offer events and plans for your free time:

Find a plan for today

The app to inspire you every weekend is Fever, an app that offers you plans based on your tastes and preferences. Once you have chosen the event you like, you can buy tickets directly and see who else will go, not only your friends but also the entire Fever community.

It is a fantastic idea to know what to do in the city and find events to attend, even if your friends are not going, because you can meet people through the app. Fever has already thousands of users and offers daily plans in New York, London and Madrid but they are planning to be in more cities. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Busy people, manage your plans

If you are an influencer or have a super active social life maybe you wouldn’t mind having a task manager for the weekend 😉 GetCrowd app is a fantastic idea to find and organize your plans with each group of friends and forget about endless chats on Whatsapp. Let’s say you are preparing a bachelor party with a group of friends, a wine tasting with your flatmates and this weekend you are interested in trying Thai food. You can manage each plan in different groups on GetCrowd.

First you need to figure out which events you’re interested in, then add your friends for those plans and have different groups with a chat for each event. If there are disagreements, you can make a poll and your friends will choose the best choice. Once you have everything planned, all of you can buy the tickets directly from the app and save the event on the calendar. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Music lovers – never miss out a concert again!

You are usually aware when the superstars are having a concert in your city, but what about the rest of the bands? If you think about it, every day you listen to several bands that could be playing in your city but are just not that well known. Do not ever miss a concert that interests you with the SongKick application, which identifies your tastes through the music library of your phone and automatically announces when they perform near you. In addition, you can buy tickets directly from the app and even enter new concert data into the community database. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Party with a local

What is better to discover a new city than going out with locals that share your taste? Party With A Local brings together travellers, events and locals to show you around what’s up in the city and have a memorable day out. There is no better option to discover the trendy restaurant, the hipster concert of the historic center or any other activity than going there with the ones who know best. You only need to sign up and start joining people or events to plan your next day out.

The app is available in over 150 countries and allows you to feel at home on any of your trips solo or with friends. You can download it for free on iOS and Android.

Find a festival, buy the ticket and find your friends there using Wave

Everfest is the largest festival directory on the web, which allows you to find all the concerts and festivals that best suit your tastes, your location and the recommendations of other users. It is both a website and a social community where you can keep up with all the festivals of the year, invite your friends, find a group of fans to go to the concert and buy the tickets.

This large fan community uploads their photos and experiences after each festival to increase the ratings of each event and for that reason today is a reference for your festival spirit. At the moment they do not have an app but the web works in all the devices.

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 Apps to do outdoor sports and get inspired

At Wave Application we believe that going outside and making memories is one of the best ways to spend our free time. To do that, technology comes in handy to take the most of any of our trips so we have shortlisted and tested the best 5 apps in the market to do outdoor sports with friends or alone and enjoy a wonderful day in nature.

 

 

View Ranger

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Is there anything better when doing outdoor sports than sharing the beautiful views of the incredible surroundings with your friends? View Ranger app thinks that knowing the environment can improve our experience and brings us the augmented reality to our excursions. With its feature Skyline, we can focus with the smartphone camera lakes, mountains, trails and routes and the app lets us know in real time the name of each peak or lake and will locate us exactly in the geography of the place. In this way those of us who are not experts of the place can conquer the best spots and learn the best routes to reach them.

In addition to the augmented reality, the maps and geolocation of this app use official sources and channels of rescue stations. Among its options, you can see information on ski slopes, hiking and road routes in natural environments. It is free on Android and iOS.

 

Wisuki

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Aloha surfers! If you are a surf adventurer and love kitesurfing, sailing, surfing or windsurfing, our personal recommendation is Wisuki. It is an app that combines the typical data sources of each beach or tourist area to surf and presents them in a list, so we can quickly decide where to go with our board each morning. The app is designed by experts and has all the desirable features, plus a graphic map in which we can take a quick look at the conditions of a specific beach.

Wisuki has information about wind, tide, weather, water temperature, twilight time and wind direction, all updated hourly. What we also love is that it adds some interesting facts that can help us decide where to go, depending on how beautiful is the beach, how entertaining or how accessible it is. It is definitely worth for practicing water sports. It is free on Android and iOS.

 

Strava

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We believe that playing sports is a rewarding experience both before and after going out, so that is why measuring your performance is a great way to feel proud and want to repeat the next weekend. Strava is one of the best apps to measure your performance in outdoor sports, the miles you have completed, the intensity, your heart rate (if you have a wearable to measure it) the altitude and all factors you need to know to be satisfied with your route.

Once you have used the application several times, the algorithm of Strava makes a specific plan for you, according to your tastes and your possibilities, so that you take a personal trainer on your smartphone. It is a very useful part for those who enjoy the self-improvement and are encouraged to try more and more hiking routes or bike more intense.

In addition, if you have a competitive side or like to learn from other users, the application has a social network in which you can share your opinions on different hiking or bike routes, share tips, pictures or just presume of your personal marks. It is free on iOS and Android.

 

FitStar

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In the field of virtual personal trainers, we like to highlight FitStar, because it combines exercises at home with outdoor activities in which you can enjoy nature, exercise and doing sport in a group. This application displays several training programs for lessons that you can complete to level up, with videos, comments and suggestions to become a true outdoor athlete with confidence and without fear of not being able to continue with the route.

What is characteristic of this tool is that you can evaluate each exercise based on its intensity and whether it has been interesting to you. Thus, the application will learn from your tastes and can adjust your exercises to you. It has a free version on Android and a Premium one with more features.

 

Mountain Project

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Leave the map aside because we introduce you to the top of the mountain trekking applications. Mountain Project has surprised us by its huge catalog of hiking trails, more than one hundred thousand around the world, updated according to the weather conditions, the intensity and duration of the route and the advice of thousands of travellers from all over the world.

If you are thinking of using your mountain boots soon, this app will take you anywhere with all the information available. Mountain Project has an intro screen where you can select the area in where you are going to practice hiking, climbing, biking or any other outdoor activity. Once you have chosen your crags to conquer, it has a map with geolocation to find the routes that you can download to use without internet, for example if you are traveling in another country, interesting spots to see and where to stop to enjoy the views.

Mountain project is also interactive, so whether you do sports with friends or not, it has recommendations of other users like the footwear and the clothes that you should wear and updated weather information in real time so you do not be surprised by a flood. You can also contribute with the community posting your best pics of your route and your personal thoughts and tips about it. It’s free on Android and iOS.