Over the previous decade, many startups have tried (and lots of have failed) to rethink the best way we schedule our conferences and calls. But we appear to be in a calendrical renaissance, with incumbents like Google and Outlook getting smarter and smarter and newcomers like Calendly rising considerably.
Undock, an Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator-backed startup, is seeking to enter the area.
The startup lately closed a $1.6 million seed spherical with buyers that embrace Lightship Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lerer Hippeau, Alumni Ventures Group, Active Capital, Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital, Sarah Impach of Paypal/LinkedIn, and several other different angel buyers.
For now, Undock is a Chrome extension that permits customers to seamlessly see mutual availability throughout a gaggle, whether or not or not all customers within the group have Undock, all from inside their e-mail. Founder and CEO Nash Ahmed wouldn’t go into an excessive amount of element in regards to the expertise that permits Undock to perform this. But, on the floor, customers who don’t but have Undock can briefly hyperlink their calendar to the person assembly request to robotically discover occasions that work for everybody within the group. Otherwise, they’ll see the steered occasions of the remainder of the group and mark those that work for them.
This is just the start of the journey for Undock. The firm plans to launch a full-featured calendar in Q1 of 2021, that would come with collaborative modifying proper inside calendar occasions, and embedded video conferencing.
According to Ahmed, crucial differentiating options of Undock are that it focuses on mutual availability (not simply singular availability) and that it does so proper throughout the e-mail consumer.
Scheduling will all the time be free inside Undock, however the full calendar (when it’s launched publicly) could have a wide range of tiers beginning at $10/month per person. Undock will even borrow from the Slack mannequin and cost extra for retention of knowledge.
“The biggest problem is unquestionably buyer training,” mentioned Ahmed, explaining that early on some customers had been confused by the product’s simplicity. “We messaged it by saying it’s like autocomplete. And early customers would get into their e-mail after which ask what to do subsequent, or if that they had to return to Undock or to the Chrome extension. And we’d need to say ‘no, simply hold typing.’”
The Undock staff, which is Black- and female-founded, numbers 18 folks. Twenty-eight p.c of the staff is feminine, 22 p.c are Black, and 11 p.c are LGBTQ, and the variety of the management staff is even larger.