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Essential Tools – Featuring Brian Pipa of Teenormous

By Char

This week’s installment of Essential Tools features Brian Pipa, the co-founder and co-developer of Teenormous, the ultimate t-shirt search engine. Brian is also the owner and founder of the blogs CandyAddict and GeekCrafts. He co-owns Brainy Atom, LLC which has produced Teenormous and has more sites on the way. These are some of the tools he uses to manage all of his online properties.

Firefox with FireBug. A web developer’s dream team – it makes it so easy to analyze a web page and see how it works or why it doesn’t.

WordPress – if Brian needs a blog, either as the main site or as an extension to the main site, he uses WordPress. Brian has been using  WordPress for ages and it seems to get better all the time. There are loads of great (free) themes available and tons of widgets to do just about anything you want to it.

When it comes to tracking the numbers on his various sites, Brian uses my personal favorite, pMetrics and absolutely loves it. He is now playing with the paid version of for his sites and so far it’s looking good.

The Gimp – Brian doesn’t have to edit images much, but when he does he uses The Gimp – it’s a little tricky to learn but it’s VERY powerful (and free).

Dropbox – a great tool his company uses daily. Dropbox makes it very easy to share and keep in sync, various business documents. It is free for up to 2GB of storage – which is plenty for them.

Keepass – they use a combination of Keepass and Dropbox to keep all of their business passwords in sync and up to date so either of them can update the passwords and the other will get the changes.

Google Wave – is Brian’s choice for lists and collaboration on future tasks, ideas, brain-storming, etc

Iphone – gives Brian instant access anywhere, anytime. With apps like DropBox, Keepass, email, Twitterific, and SSHTerm Brian is not sure how he managed before the iphone.

Thanks to Brian (and all my featured guests) for taking a few minutes to share his essential tools for online business success! Stop back next week for more essential tools for success, featuring Deb Ng, owner of the very popular Freelance Writing Jobs Network and social media consultant. If you are interested in sharing your essential tools for business, drop me a line at cpolanosky [at] gmaildotcom.

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Brian you totally just reminded me I need to get a Dropbox account :) One of our IT guys told us and then I forgot.

By the way, my wife loves the shirt from ThinkTank!


Hi Matt – glad you like the tee! Yeah – Dropbox rocks!



Going to give DropBox a spin for my business docs. Thanks for the tip.

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