Garros Li
Garros LiVC @Pioneer Fund, Harvard MBA, YC/IK12

What's the best app for brainstorming ideas?

- Like a virtual whiteboard - On desktop / web (mobile optional)
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19 recommended
  1. 51
    Taskade 2.0

    Create tasks, notes, and video chat, on the same page. ⚡️✏️✅

    John Xie
    John XieSimplicity is the key to brilliance. · Written
    John Xie made this product
    Taskade is perfect for brainstorming and collaborating on the same page using mind maps, outliners, and kanban boards. The app is built for web, mobile, mac and windows, and syncs in real-time across all devices and team members.
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    • Connor Russo
      Connor RussoFounder of

      My first use case is grocery shopping. That’s why until now I’ve been a loyal Wunderlist user. But Taskade is way easier for a few reasons: 1. I often make recipes and with Taskade it’s possible to copy and paste directly from my chrome tab to a list group. 2. I can keep a bunch of list groups with recipes and just incomplete the one I want to make (I normally buy for 1-2 recipes at a time) so I don’t need to keep remaking them from scratch. 3. I can see the recipes I want to buy in the same view as the other random stuff I need.

    • Used taskade for a while and love the product. I'd recommend anyone to give it a shot! It makes working with remote team members much, much easier and keeps everyone in sync.

  2. 34
    Realtime Board

    Whiteboard. Finally in your browser.

    Randy Ellis
    Randy Ellis5ivehat Founder | Instructor @GA_Chicago · Written
    Our team uses this one. Would give it's 30 day trial a try.
    Law Smith
    Law SmithDigital B2B SMB CEO | Stand Up Comedian · Written
    Love RealTime Board - like Slack 5 years ago, it took me awhile to 100% come around and implement it
    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    Best tool for brainstorming innovative ideas.
  3. 14
    Awesome Design Tools

    The best design tools for everything.

    Valia6All Problem Solver at · Written
    Valia made this product
    Check this collection of 500+ design tools. Definitely, you find tools for brainstorming here as well. Hope, it helped.
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    • Ahmed
      AhmediOS/macOS Engineer. Founder of Flawless

      I'm the part of the team and can be a bit biased. But this is the biggest design tools list so far with the best tools, explanation of the design tasks and huge variate of free offerings. I open it daily and use for my design tasks.

    • I saw how Lisa & Valia made this project. Inspired to see more and more tools done by women in tech!

  4. 13
    A Web Whiteboard

    Whiteboard with others in your browser, in real-time

    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    This is literally an interactive whiteboard for mapping / brainstorming (like the real thing), but in your browser! It's really easy to use.
  5. 10

    Visual collaboration platform for marketing and remote teams

    о.Creative at DMNSNS · Written
    I would suggest this one.
  6. 1
    Smart Kapp Whiteboard

    Connected whiteboard that saves notes to your app

    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    Use a whiteboard to brainstorm / mindmap / etc. as per usual for your meeting, but then instead of taking poor pictures of the board, this one will save the contents to an app for you.
  7. 1

    Real-time team messenger tool

    Flock provides channels where multiple users on the channel can brainstorm/chat on any particular idea or project. It comes with a set of inbuilt productivity tools, one of them is the polling app - that'll help you consider everyone's opinion when taking a decision. It's also a cross-platform app, available across Mac, Windows, Android, Iphone and Chrome. There's ton of features for collaboration. Also, did I mention it's free?
    • RJ Lewis Digital
      RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

      I love that flock is stable, easy to use and has a good base of application integrations. I typically miss flowdock, but the overall collaborative experience is better than slack. Been using a little over 6 mos.- couldn't pick that though

  8. 1

    Online brainstorming on a realtime sticky note whiteboard.

    A great way to bring remote teams together to brainstorm rather than holding a web cam up to a whiteboard.
  9. 1

    Create and share diagrams easily

    Xmind is pretty good for brainstorming. Realtimeboard let's you do a lot of other stuff. is awesome for online storage and it's FREE
  10. Works well, simple and UI is easy enough for even the most non-tech savy team member to use
  11. 1
    Idea Generator

    Level up the quantity and quality of your ideation sessions.

    Montana Mertens
    Montana MertensDigital prototyper @boardofinnovation · Written
    Inspiration database to help you come up with non-obvious ideas!
    • Peter Goossens
      Peter GoossensGrowth Marketing at Board of Innovation

      Unlike common beliefs; ideation is not just a matter of getting the right people in the room, adding some post-its and beers to the mix and waiting for 3 hours until the next disruptive venture is somehow brought into being.

      A good ideation session is hard work! It is a structured process of guiding the right people through a number of carefully designed exercises - we generally keep the beers for the end of the day. This tool was really useful in the ideation phase.

    • Nick Bogaert
      Nick BogaertBusiness Designer@ Board of Innovation

      True to what we do - we don't keep developing until it's a 100% - going live with a beta version will give us a lot more insights in what could be better. Let us know!

  12. 1

    It's like a whiteboard, but waaay better. From Google.

    Bob Ryskamp
    Bob RyskampDesigner, cyclist and dad · Written
    I use the iPad app to draw and often Airplay it to a big screen. Collaborative with others. Desktop sync means I can share links to drawings. No desktop editing though. Free!
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  13. Alan Houser
    Alan HouserFounder - Designer at Squareflair · Written
    Great + Simple app for brainstorming/wireframing website content.
  14. 1
    MindNode 5

    Visual brainstorming on your Mac, iPhone and iPad

    Nothing beats MindNode for single user.
    • Paul Williams
      Paul Williamscreative problem solver

      I've been using MindNode for writing - have for years. I find moving branches of text is much easier than cutting and pasting in a text app. Great for mindmapping

    • bunnyhero🐰
      bunnyhero🐰i like bunnies and godzilla

      Great app. Too bad longtime supporters and boosters (buyers of MindNode Pro, back in the day) don't get any kind of discount. Sure, part of this is due to limitations of the Mac App Store, but why do they limit themselves to the Mac App Store only? Burning a lot of goodwill.

  15. 1

    Real-time whiteboard for distributed teams

    Neil Kinnish made this product
    Simple, powerful with guest access and audio for real-time discussion
  16. Mostafa Geriesh
    Mostafa GerieshDeveloper at Geriesh Games · Written
    It is a new game that increases players intelligence through figuring the correct puzzle pattern.
  17. Roli Supiawan
    Roli Supiawan · Written
    Belajar ilmu pengembangan diri dan motivasi
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  18. Vedant Bajpai
    Vedant BajpaiBlack Board Educate App · Written
    Keeping up with teacher and parent is faster and easier than ever. Share updates and photos, engage with friends and Pages, and stay connected to communities important to you. This app basically works on three profiles 1.Owner/ Principal * Owner can handle multiple schools and multiple roles with single login it so easy every detail will be on your fingertips. * Now have in-house social media with notice creating your event and sharing pictures with school. * Find every single details of your teacher and it’s so easy that you can change schedule by just selecting the teacher from the present list. * Very easy to use for their day to day school management problems. * During PTM just search the name of student and can find the profile, attendance, homework result details in just a click. * Join the digitalization and enjoy the connection with parents Design your own school on www.home.bbedut .com 2. Teacher/ Staff * Less than 30 second challenge just voice out the name of the student and clicks only on absent and leaves. Still miss someone can change it any time any place. But only by the teacher who took the attendance. * Why to discuss about the homework well you can send it just on click and even attachment can be sent in the form of image, pdf, excel. Even result can be schedule with timing so ease your voice and pen enjoy to connect with whole class with single clicks. 3. Student / Parents * Now it is so easy to connect to the school and find every updates about the school on your app. * Connected with school on tracking of your bus and providing leaves to the school. The Blackboard app does more than help you stay connected with your friends and interests. It's also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing. It's easy have full control over your photos and privacy. The security is the most important patch in which we provide NDA with Schools on individual Data Security. Blackboard is Free and always be because our company vision consists of to help each single child on this planet to fulfill their dreams. The most important desktop features of Blackboard is data entry part and managing multiple things from web it can be only govern by the Owner and principal of the school at
  19. This tool makes your brainstorms productive by pushing you to think more laterally. It also lets you analyze connections between ideas and records them easily.