Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings – TechCrunch
Meet Hera, a new calendar application that aims to transform the calendar into the main working interface. Hera helps you schedule meetings more easily with natural language processing and lets you share availability in email or any messaging app. The startup will also create integrations with your other work tools so that you can bring up important information before a meeting and extract information after a meeting.
So far, Hera has raised a funding round of $ 465,000 (€ 400,000) led by Eurazeo (under the Idinvest brand at the time) and several business angels. He then joined Y Combinator lot S21 and raised a funding round of $ 1.7 million led by Eurazeo.
Among the business angels who have invested in the company are Alexis Bonillo, Thibaud Elzière, Kyle Parrish, Calvin French-Owen, John Gabaix and Karthik Puvvada. Notion Capital and Kima Ventures have also invested.
Hera started out as a calendar app focused on taking notes during meetings. Since I attended Y Combinator, the product has evolved a lot. It now focuses on managing the entire event lifecycle for busy people who manage many (virtual) meetings.
First of all, Hera can help you plan a meeting and prepare for a meeting. With a few clicks, you can select multiple locations. Hera then generates user-friendly text that you can copy and paste into a thread, WhatsApp conversation, or wherever you talk about your next meeting.
This is a much more user-friendly interface for the person receiving the message compared to traditional meeting scheduling tools. You don’t have to generate a link, and the person on the other end of the phone doesn’t have to click a link to find out when that meeting might take place.
Second, Hera is going to draw the context for your upcoming meetings. Chances are, you already have a ton of information about the people you meet. You send and receive emails, you can use a CRM, and you can meet several times a year.
“We’re not going to become a project management platform, we’re going to integrate with tools you already use,” co-founder and CEO Bruno Vegreville told me.
Hera lets you take notes before the meeting so you don’t forget anything. During the meeting, you can add more notes and then export that data to your favorite note-taking app, such as Notion.
Right now, Hera works best for users who want to take Google Calendar to the next level. Next, the company wants to add multiplayer components. For example, you can imagine better planning if both people are currently using Hera. You can also imagine mentioning other Hera users directly in your calendar to get feedback on a meeting.
Hera has been in private beta for a few months. The vision of the startup is quite clear. Some productivity tools, such as Superhuman, have made people more efficient at sorting out discussion threads and taking action on inbound emails. If you think of meetings as threads, Hera could become the calendar superhuman.