Meet Hera, a brand new calendar app that desires to show the calendar into the primary work interface. Hera helps you schedule conferences extra simply with pure language processing and allows you to share availabilities in an e mail or any messaging app. The startup can also be going to construct integrations together with your different work instruments so to floor essential data earlier than a gathering and extract data after a gathering.
Thus far, Hera has raised a $465,000 (€400,000) pre-seed spherical led by Eurazeo (beneath the Idinvest model on the time) and several other enterprise angels. It has then joined Y Combinator’s S21 batch and raised a $1.7 million seed spherical led by Eurazeo.
Enterprise angels who invested within the firm embody Alexis Bonillo, Thibaud Elzière, Kyle Parrish, Calvin French-Owen, John Gabaix and Karthik Puvvada. Notion Capital and Kima Ventures additionally invested.
Hera first began as a calendar app centered on note-taking throughout conferences. Since attending Y Combinator, the product has developed rather a lot. It’s now centered on managing the complete lifecycle of an occasion for busy individuals who handle a variety of (digital) conferences.
First, Hera will help you schedule a gathering and prepare for a gathering. In only a few clicks, you may choose a number of slots. Hera then generates a pleasant textual content that you would be able to copy and paste in an e mail thread, in a WhatsApp dialog or wherever you’re speaking about your subsequent assembly.
This can be a a lot friendlier interface for the particular person receiving the message in comparison with conventional assembly scheduling instruments. You don’t need to generate a hyperlink, and the particular person on the opposite finish doesn’t need to click on on a hyperlink to seek out out when this assembly might happen.
Second, Hera goes to tug context about your upcoming conferences. Chances are high you have already got a ton of information about folks you’re assembly with. You ship and obtain emails, chances are you’ll use a CRM and chances are you’ll be assembly a number of occasions a yr.
“We’re not going to turn out to be a undertaking administration platform, we’re going to combine with instruments that you simply already use,” co-founder and CEO Bruno Vegreville informed me.
Hera helps you to take some notes earlier than the assembly so that you simply don’t overlook about one thing. In the course of the assembly, you may add extra notes after which export this information to your favourite note-taking app, similar to Notion.
Proper now, Hera works finest for customers who wish to take Google Calendar to the subsequent stage. Up subsequent, the corporate desires so as to add some multiplayer parts. As an example, you may think about higher scheduling if each persons are at present utilizing Hera. You possibly can additionally think about mentioning different Hera customers straight in your calendar to get suggestions on a gathering.
Hera has been in non-public beta for the previous few months. The startup’s imaginative and prescient is sort of clear. Some productiveness instruments, similar to Superhuman, have made folks extra environment friendly in the case of sorting threads and performing on incoming emails. In the event you contemplate conferences as threads, Hera might turn out to be the Superhuman of calendars.