Mac Setup: The Workstation of a Startup Co-Founder & CEO
This weeks featured Mac setup is the workstation of Dr Alain B., the Co-Founder and CEO of a startup. Let’s jump right in to learn a bit more about the hardware, software, and how it’s all put to use:
Tell us a bit about what you do?
I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Kitchology, a startup developing a mobile food app to help people with specific dietary needs.
Why this setup? What do you use your Apple gear for?
The primary reason for this specific set up is to be able to multitask easily. I have to manage multiple and complicated spreadsheets for business modeling and to process analytics information. Also, the database behind our mobile app is huge, and reviewing design changes pretty much requires its own screen.
What hardware makes up your Mac workstation?
- 2013 MacPro 2.66 GHz 6-core Xeon processor with the following configuration:
- 28GB of RAM
- 500 GB SSD drive
- Three 2TB hard drives
- Two ATI Radeon HD 5770 Display Control cards
- Apple Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard
- Apple Magic Pad
- Apple Magic Mouse using Mobe Magic Charger to cut on batteries
- Two 30” Apple Cinema displays (acting as great radiators during the winter)
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i scanner
- HP Laserjet P2015 Series printer, I also have an HP Photosmart 370 series, but can’t recall the last time I had to print a picture
- Bose Companion 5 audio system, I use AirPlay to play audio through my place
- MacBook Pro with a 15″ Retina display
- iPad Air LTE 128 GB
- iPhone 6 (of course) and many other iPhones 4, 4s, 5, 5s used to test software
What are some of the OS X and iOS apps that are crucial to your work?
I use Omnigrafle to capture the flows of algorithms and Textactic to codify pseudo-code. I use Appigo’s ToDo cloud to manage action items and reminders. I keep my key files on Dropbox so that I can access them on iPhone, iPad, Mac Pro, or MacBook without worrying about version management.
Do you have any productivity tricks you’d like to share?
To be productive at home, you have to create a barrier with the rest of the house. No television in your workplace! Have a noise canceling head set ready to cut out kid’s noise when they play or do homework. Think about spares and repairs a lot. I always have a spare printer cartridge in the closet. To be sure I don’t get stranded, I bought two spare power supplies for the displays (granted they are no longer supported by Apple).
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