I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about how hard it is to find a decent calendar app. Stock calendar apps are certainly useful, but there is so much that they can’t handle in terms of managing and prioritizing tasks.
Sunsama, which is rolling out of the latest batch of Y Combinator, is trying to solve the calendar problem with a $ 10 per month pro-focused productivity planner.
Co-founders Ashutosh Priyadarshy and Travis Meyer started with the idea that the relationship between task managers and calendars was a mess. Devotees of “getting things done” to-do apps end up rewriting the tasks they’ve been assigned to in project-based systems like Trello and Asana, creating a lot of confusion. Sunsama’s third-party integrations make it easy to drag these tasks onto your to-do list each morning and keep things up to date as your tasks evolve and priorities need to change.
“[Sunsama is] more than a bunch of integrations, “Meyer told TechCrunch.” It’s a methodology for planning your day and optimizing your daily workflow, on your own or with teammates you work closely with. “
The company takes a fairly clear design inspiration from existing business applications. The influences of Google Calendar, Slack, and Trello are pretty clear, but the resulting interface works together very neatly with an organizational drag-and-drop flow that allows you to import projects from linked services. All of this makes for a very friendly and pretty system that can allow you to fly through the often cumbersome of filling up your to-do list in the first place. The company currently supports integrations with Asana, Trello, Slack, Github, Gitlab, Jira, and Todoist.
While many other task management apps rely on a freemium model or a low annual subscription, Sunsama charges $ 10 per month for its service. It’s definitely an expense, but the founders see apps like the $ 30-per-month Superhuman email service as a sign that professionals are willing to spend some money on a service that cleanses their digital life.
The company wants to hook individual users, but getting small teams on the service could be its clearest route to wider adoption. When your entire team is on Sunsama, you can see what other members of your channels have on deck when they are working on a particular project. There is a risk of getting lost in the battle for other necessary platforms at the company level, but the founders believe deep integrations will have people turning to Sunsama when they want to see how a project is going.
The start seems to have taken more than a few tracks from Superhuman, knocking you off the waiting list only after they’ve had a chance to speak to you personally through their service and see if you fit in well. You can register to request access to Sunsama on their site now.