For Menlo Ventures‘ managing director Shawn Carolan, bringing some sense of focus to his life is important. It’s because of this reason that he founded Handle, a workflow companion app designed to bring order to your personal and professional lives. The app debuted in January (although a beta version first released in 2013) to let the general public transform the way they deal with time-sensitive obligations, but while individuals were targeted, just how could they make money within the enterprise?
Perhaps recognizing this, the company has produced new apps that’ll make Handle available across the entire organization thanks to its integration with Google Apps for Work. In doing so, workers will have an opportunity to manage their daily tasks and meetings from across their Gmail accounts, calendar, and even to-do lists from a single system. This isn’t revolutionary thing as there are plenty of similar services within the Google App marketplace.
We all have busy professional lives trying to juggle emails that we need to send, meeting requests, and all the different projects and tasks that we have to do. Some try to manage it in different ways using different apps, but why can’t the workflow become more streamlined?
“We launched in February as a consumer iOS app and quickly got hundreds of thousands of downloads from people who were excited to have a system that could replace their bad habits,” says Carolan. “Those consumers then started bringing Handle to work and we found ourselves in thousands of top enterprises and universities. Since soft launching our Google apps desktop app less than a month ago, we have gotten nearly 100,000 organic downloads from the Chrome Web Store.”
Workers interested in using Handle in a business setting can download the app and with just a click, they can integrate it with their Google Apps account. The service won’t replace current systems you have but will consolidate everything into a to-do list within the Handle app — it basically is a layer on top of that to bring order to your busy day.
Some of the features you’ll get from Handle include natural language parsing (currently only available for the web) which will analyze your data in order to automatically set up reminders, due dates, and more. Additionally, all data is synced across the cloud to Handle’s apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, tablet, and Apple Watch using enterprise-grade security. Oh, and if you’re using an iPhone, you can add tasks within Handle just by using Siri.
We’re always inundated by a swarm of different tools and software necessary to help us do our jobs, but Handle hopes that by tackling the ones where we’re spending a great deal of our time and bringing focus to our work lives, we’ll have maybe some peace of mind to have happier days and less stress.
The company says support for more mobile devices and email services like Exchange are coming, but it’s worth noting that while Handle is targeting Google App for Work, it has yet to roll out an app that works across Android devices.