Perhaps the number one reason why we’re addicted to smartphones is that they contain our entire lives in the device. You can check-in with friends, family, and clients, while booking a flight, running your business, and listening to a podcast. Here’s what you should look for in the ten best calendar apps.
But, they’re always useful in organizing our lives. Especially when you have the following ten calendar apps.
Tired of those back-and-forth emails when scheduling a meeting or appointment? If so, then Calendar has got you covered.
This handy app lets you share your availability with others through an embedded link or email. This way, they can find a date and time that works for them. Once they do, the event is added to everyone’s online calendars.
Calendar can also harness the power of machine learning. Machine learning means that it uses previous data to make smart scheduling suggestions, such as when, where, and what types of meetings you should schedule.
You can also easily create an event using natural language, while the map view gives you a glance at your upcoming schedule.
This iPhone app has often be cited as the best calendar app for the iPhone. That’s because it’s packed with features, such as:
- Multiple views including a list view in portrait mode by either week or month or a landscape mode for a week “block” view.
- Supports multiple languages, like English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese.
- Ability to create event using natural language.
- Also, it works with the iPad and Apple Watch.
- The addition of the view widget — replaces the stock iOS Calendar widget. With this extension, you get a snapshot of your day without opening the app.
You will have to purchase Fantastical 2 for $ 4.99.
While this stock calendar comes preinstalled in every Android device, Apple users can download it as well. They probably should go ahead and do that.
With a free account, this powerful app will events and schedules from your Google account. If you used your Gmail address to book a flight, hotel room, or doctor’s appointment, the date and time would be added to the calendar. You’ll then receive a reminder through a push notification on your phone when the event approaches.
When creating events, you can color-code your calendar so that you can quickly identify the various types of activities you have scheduled.
4. Calendars 5
If you’re curious, this is the fifth version of Readdle’s Calendars app. That explains why it’s called Calendars 5. It also means that the developers had plenty of opportunities to make this iPhone app as high as possible.
Calendars 5 comes with features like several view options; list view, day view, week view, and month view, as well as an integrated task manager and ability to enter events using natural language. Additional features include being able to create custom alerts, recurring events, and sharing your tasks and activities with others.
For business owners, it’s tough to find a better suite of tools than Microsoft Office 365 — although Google is pretty much right at the top as well. That’s because this app combines your emails, calendar, and much more into one convenient location.
The calendar itself is loaded with functions like being able to import or export to other calendars and share your calendar with others. You can also personalize your calendar using add-ons, like getting a weather report, automating responses to invites, receiving reminders, and receiving an agenda in your email every morning.
If you want a simple calendar app that’s available for either Android or iOS, then look no further. Tiny Calendar is a straightforward calendar app where you can view multiple layouts. You can create emails or push notification reminders, and make edits offline. You can even use your device’s GPS to add specific locations to events, and it syncs with other calendars, such as Google Calendar.
The free version should be enough if you need the basics. The paid version — which is $ 7 — comes with additional features like accepting and sending invites. It also exports other calendars and can create recurring events.
Jorte isn’t just another calendar app. It’s also an organizer where you can take notes and manage tasks. It also integrates with Google Calendar, Evernote, and Microsoft Office to make your life run a bit smoother. And, it works for Android and iOS.
As for the calendar itself, it’s pretty solid. There are daily, weekly, or monthly views, the ability to create recurring events, and there are even countdown features that let you know how much time is remaining for a specific event.
For the more robust features, you’ll have to select the Jorte Premium option at $ 3 per month or $ 30 for the year.
SolCalendar is known for being one of the most well-designed calendar apps on the market. Some people claim that it’s more of a life management tool than just your standard calendar app.
This app comes with a widget so that you receive a summary of your most important activities. There are stickers and emojis for marking select dates. You can also receive weather reports, share your calendar with others, and integrates with Google Tasks.
Best of all? It’s free for Android users to download.
Do you need an app to keep your family or team on the same page? Then download this free app for both Android and Apple users.
With TimeTree, you can share everything from work schedules to tasks to notes. This way, your team knows when you away on travel while your family knows when your flight arrives. It also ensures that every family or team member stays on-top of assigned tasks. You can also send reminders to others.
Finally, there’s this handy personal assistant that comes equipped with a calendar, to-do list, and notes. This way, you can automate everything from paying bills to wishing a happy friend’s birthday. It has reminders — like calling a client or scheduling appointments — by linking to your contacts. You can link to Facebook, TaskRabbit, and your bank account.
Put, if you want to stay on top of your bills, remember birthdays, schedule events, and manage your to-do list, this is the app for you.
The free app is available for Android and iOS.
Criteria for an Amazing Calendar App
What makes these apps considered the best? It’s because they fit the following criteria:
- Can easily and quickly view appointments — preferably in a click or two.
- Can easily add, edit, or search for appointments, like being able to use natural language.
- Integrates with the apps you use daily, such as Calendar or Google Calendar.
- It is compatible with all of the devices you use. For example, if you have all Apple products, then go with Fantastical 2. If you have a Samsung phone and iPad, then you’ll want an app that works on both Android and iOS.
- Comes with a clean and contemporary design.
- Integrates with your email — not a problem if using Calendar, Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook.
- Allows you to schedule an unlimited amount of appointments.
- Has the features you need. If you work with a team, for example, then you need to be able to share your calendar with others. If not pre-installed, then look for an app that can be customized to meet your needs.
What criteria do you look for when choosing a calendar app?
The 10 Best Calendar Apps (What You Should Look For) was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.
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More than five years after starting the company, Monzo co-founder Tom Blomfield is stepping down as CEO of the U.K. challenger bank to take up the newly created role of president.
Current U.S. CEO, TS Anil, will become the new “Monzo UK Bank CEO,” subject to regulatory approval, and for now will hold both U.K. and U.S. roles.
Anil previously held exec roles at Visa, Standard Chartered Bank and Citi, and therefore brings a ton of banking and financial services experience. This includes things like dealing with regulators and overseeing a large corporate structure, two things a scale-up challenger bank like Monzo, with more than 4 million customers and over 1,500 staff, requires.
The thinking behind Blomfield’s move to president is a startup cliché but also likely holds water; he’ll be able to spend more time doing the things he enjoys most (and is arguably best at), such as focusing on the longer-term vision, product and how Monzo can stay close to and best serve customers. Meanwhile, Anil — and, in the future, other country-specific CEOs — can do the day to day, more regulated aspects of running a bank.
In a brief call with Blomfield just moments ago, he told me he had been thinking about a transition into a different role for about 18 months, but it wasn’t until much more recently that a formal decision was taken.
“I went through all the stuff I love about my job, and it was all the stuff I did in the first two or three years,” he said. “And I went through all the stuff that drains me, and it’s all the stuff I’ve done in the last two years, honestly. Things I think TS is awesome at.”
Although it is unlikely that a huge amount will change immediately, Blomfield says he hopes that he’ll be able to spend a “bunch more time doing the stuff I really, really love, which is community, talking to customers, helping develop the product proposition, long-term vision, and talking to journalists, like you Steve, obviously, and try to unwind my involvement a little bit in more formal regulated banking activities.”
Meanwhile, it has been somewhat of a turbulent time for Monzo in recent months, as it, along with many other fintech companies, has attempted to insulate itself from the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic downturn.
Last month, I reported that Monzo was shuttering its customer support office in Las Vegas, seeing 165 customer support staff in the U.S. lose their jobs. And just a few weeks earlier, we reported that the bank was furloughing up to 295 staff under the U.K.’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. In addition, the senior management team and the board has volunteered to take a 25% cut in salary, and co-founder and CEO Tom Blomfield has decided not to take a salary for the next 12 months.
Like other banks and fintechs, the coronavirus crisis has resulted in Monzo seeing customer card spend reduce at home and (of course) abroad, meaning it is generating significantly less revenue from interchange fees. The bank has also postponed the launch of premium paid-for consumer accounts, one of only a handful of known planned revenue streams, alongside lending, of course.
And just last week, it was reported that Monzo is closing in on £70-80 million in top up funding, to help extend its coronavirus crisis runaway. However, as new and some existing investors play hardball, the company has reportedly had to accept a 40% reduction in its previously £2 billion valuation as part of its last funding round last June, with a new valuation of £1.25 billion.
With that said, it’s not all been bad news. Monzo recently launched business accounts, many of which are revenue generating, with both free and paid tiers. It also recruited Sujata Bhatia, a former American Express executive in Europe, as its new COO.
And, hopefully, in his new role as president, Blomfield will sound a little more energised next time I call him.
What do people tend to get wrong about remote work? And how can companies make it work better for them?
While just about every tech company on the planet has become remote over the last few weeks, GitLab has been at this a while — since pretty much day one of its existence back in 2014, in fact. Since then they’ve grown to more than 1,200 employees across 65 countries, with a staggering valuation of nearly $ 3 billion. They’ve figured out some stuff along the way, sharing it all in an ever-evolving handbook.
I recently hopped on a call with GitLab’s head of Remote, Darren Murph, to get some insight on how they make it all work. This is the second part of my interview with Murph; he and I chatted for quite a while, so I’ve split it into two parts for easier reading. You can find Part I here.
TechCrunch: There’s this ongoing conversation about how people are coming away from this remote experience. Are they walking away saying, “yeah, that was great, we can do this day-to-day, I wouldn’t have seen that before,” or is the fact that they’re being thrust into this, and on not the best terms, going to have a negative impact?
Do you think this [sudden shift] is going to have a positive impact on remote work?
Darren Murph: I do. I’m a long-term optimist on this.
There’s a Gartner survey that just came out. They surveyed over 300 CFOs globally; 74% of them said that they’re going to shift some of their workforce permanently remote after this… even though this is the worst possible way to be thrust into remote.
This is the worst of circumstances, and people are still like, “You know, I love not having to commute.” And businesses are like, “You know, I love saving $ 10,000 per desk by not having that real estate.”
If it’s working in the worst of times… six to 12 months from now, when the crisis is abated and people have had time to lay the remote structure, build their handbooks, get the right remote hygiene integrated into the DNA of their company… it’s going to be like, warp-speed accelerator.
If you can make it work now, you can make it work any time.
NEW YORK, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new co-branded survey from the Mercator Advisory Group and DailyPay, of salaried workers earning less than $ 75,000 per year, reveals that by introducing an on-demand pay benefit, employers can help their workers reduce the stress associated with paying monthly bills. Most notable and relevant today, nearly half (46%) of those polled are stressed by having to pay monthly medical bills.
Read more here.
While the idea of baring your soul to a chatbot might seem uncomfortable, sisters Claudia and Carolina Recchi think that might be exactly what college students across the United States need right now.
The duo co-founded EdSights in 2017 to support high and medium-risk students to stay in school, and increase university retention rates.
EdSights uses a chatbot, branded under a school’s mascot, to send personalized questions and messages to students to understand their biggest stresses. It then connects them to university resources spanning areas like financial aid, food security and mental health.
As the pandemic has forced millions of students to move off campus and learn from home, the co-founders have found a spurt of growth from colleges looking for new ways to hold onto their students.
And the pandemic has added a new layer of honesty to the answers.
“There is just so much going on with the world, people losing jobs and barely being able to make ends meet. School hardly seems pressing at the moment,” one student wrote. “And yet, grades are still there, determining our future when we aren’t even sure what the future looks like.”
Another wrote, “My work is closed. I have no income.” One said, “Because I am not going out I can’t distract myself from all the things going on in my life.”
Beyond its chatbot, EdSights has a dashboard for administrators to see what percentage of their students are struggling with specific issues at the moment. The company deals with information on high-risk students and their biggest worries, so privacy is key to their platform. EdSights says it complies with both FERPA and GDPR regulation, and does not rent or sell data to third parties. Students also have the right to request an amendment of their records and receive a full log of it.
“Obviously, universities are also spooked that students won’t show up in the fall,” she said. “So they want to make sure that there’s a connectivity and they feel connected to the university, even if they can’t go to campus.”
The company took one year to scale to 16 customers, including Baker University, Missouri Western State, Bethel University, Culver Stockton College and Westminster College. On average its ARR has been growing by 66% month over month, and it has doubled its revenue since February.
EdSights charges colleges $ 15 to $ 25 per student. Most customers bring on their entire student body.
“Before this, we did see a lot of universities asking, ‘can I roll this out to freshmen or can I only roll it out to my first-generation students or maybe those that need additional support?’ ” said Carolina Recchi. “Now, colleges are not only asking us to help with all four years, but we’ve had some institutions ask us to roll it out to graduate students, which was new, because we had never done that before.”
This newfound momentum led the co-founders to raise $ 1.6 million in venture capital funding from a slew of high-profile investors. Investors from this round include Lakehouse VC, Kairos VC and The Fund.
The new raise also includes investments from Warby Parker, Harry’s, Allbirds, Bonobos and Rent the Runway founders.
The EdSights co-founders say COVID-19 played a part in their company receiving inbound interest from generalist investors, who have been historically skeptical about the space, versus solely getting term-sheets from specialist education firms. In fact, the duo had to turn down a number of investors, a stark difference between the chilling effect other founders claim has covered the entire fundraising scene.
EdSights new funding is another data point of how the pandemic is forcing the general public to be more nuanced in how it thinks about the intersection of education and technology.
In the time of a pandemic, a chatbot could be the only way to remotely support millions of students. Now, it’s just up to EdSights to prove that their technology is necessary in a world where schools start to reopen, whenever that is.