Aerotime, an app that declutters calendars to improve workplace productivity, receives $2 million

Bengaluru-based workplace optimization app Aerotime has raised $2 million in a seed round, led by Nexus Venture Partners, Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital India and SOMA Capital. The company also secured early-stage angel investors in Akshay Kothari (COO, Notion), Nir Eyal (NYTimes bestselling author of Hooked & Indistractable), and Damien Coullon (VP Product, LinkedIn).

Piyush Narwani, co-founder of Aerotime, said: “Time is one of our most precious assets, but we waste it without realizing it. Prioritization and context switching are two of the main reasons for this. Aerotime helps you be intentional about time and automates many workflows to save time. Our vision is to help humans live in a state of flow – together, let’s be efficient and not busy! »

Corporate workspace (well, the physical, pre-covid, the real deal anyway) is a word that fires the imagination. Taking a moment to visualize it, the average Joe sees retirement parties, birthday celebrations, break room chatter, water cooler conversations, and a young adult with his hands on his forehead, contemplating a startup. Notice how any work item was not part of this thought? That’s because workspaces are far from their ideal, most productive atmospheres. And especially because these offices operate on the availability of certain executives, disrupting the schedules of employees. This is where Aerotime comes into play.

Aerotime, founded in 2021 by Piyush Narwani and Dhruv Goel, is a workplace optimization app that harnesses the bulk of uninterrupted free time and uses it for the whole team by recommending perfect time slots for new meetings and existing. The app’s algorithm runs over 20 parameters to come up with these timing recommendations, such as preferred focus times, past meeting times, time fragmentation per user, and more.

But that’s not all, the app also tries to cut down on distractions with focus music and a Slack app integration that snoozes notifications while updating your status when you focus. The product is currently deployed with 70 enterprise teams from different companies and is now coming out of private beta testing. With proceeds from the seed round, Aerotime has growth plans to target medium and large companies where this problem is most apparent. (Rest assured, no one here at The Portal is underachieving in any way.)

Aerotime’s market space is not too crowded, but it is also not waiting for monopoly. The app faces competition from LettuceMeet, Clockwise, and MeetingPlanner.io.

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