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.