There are certain truths that are self-evident. One such truth holds that all men (and women) are created equal. Another is that business people — whether they run a small company or manage a large one — need access to reliable technology. In the old days, say, the 1990s, business technology was seen purely as such — functional devices that helped entrepreneurs and executives work efficiently and effectively. But all that has changed. As the line between work and home (and indeed, the rest of our lives) becomes even more blurred, business no longer means working 9 to 5. And life is no longer relegated to the thing that happens to you in between work assignments. Technology, for better or worse — and we’re betting that it’s for the better — makes it easier to live and work seamlessly. Read on to find out how on-the-go executives and entrepreneurs harness the power of their favorite tech tools to work — and live — better.
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Theodore L. Parrish
Co-portfolio manager, Henssler Equity Fund
Tech tools: Wireless network, Nokia 6800, XM radio
Theodore Parrish has several favorite tech tools — and he makes ample use of them all. Whether it’s his wireless home network with a wireless keyboard and mouse, his Nokia 6800 cell phone, or XM satellite radio, Parrish’s favorites help keep him one step ahead. In fact, the Atlanta resident brags that his home is a “hot spot” for friends and family members who want to log on while visiting him, and he boasts, “I can be upstairs on my laptop and print to my printer in the basement, or I can work on the deck in the sun or outside in the yard. If I’m cooking, I can actually pull up a recipe in the kitchen.”
Parrish, 31, initially set up his home network in 2002 but admits that he eventually called on his company’s IT staff to do it the right way. The network has since grown to include his Toshiba Satellite laptop, two Pentium 4 desktops, an HP LaserJet 1200 series printer, Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, a 19-inch flat-panel monitor and a Webcam. But Parrish and his friends aren’t the only ones making use of this smart setup. His 14-year-old daughter also logs on to do research for her science projects and to check out the latest in entertainment.
Surprisingly, with so many tools at home, Parrish’s favorite is one he uses away from home: XM radio. “It’s awesome,” he enthuses. I live out in the ‘burbs and typically the stations don’t pick up early in the morning. I want to listen to the news to see what’s going on in the financial markets before I get into work.”
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President, Performance Bridge Advertising
Tech tool: Handspring Treo 600
The Handspring Treo 600 is all Donnovan Andrews needs to manage his “information dependent” lifestyle. The president of New York-based Performance Bridge Advertising, Andrews was so impressed with the device that he outfitted half his staff with them. The small firm is an online advertising, interactive marketing agency whose