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Vimcal improves work calendar using AI

Now the company wants the calendar to become a hub for various meeting-related tools.

Vimcal, a YC-backed calendar app, has raised $4.5 million from Altos Ventures in a seed round to expand its team and enterprise offerings.

The company, founded by CEO John Lee, launched its iOS app and Outlook integration last year. Lee told TechCrunch that Vimcal has improved its Outlook integration and reduced bugs.

Since then, Vimcal has also launched an AI-powered free time finder feature that lets you insert meeting slots simply by pasting text that other people have shared. You can also paste a link to Calendly to see your free time. Another feature automatically converts time slots to the user’s time zone.

Vimcal allows users to create appointments using natural language sentences, such as “Meet Lisa for lunch tomorrow at 1pm.” The feature was previously available on desktops, but the company recently added it to the Vimcal iOS app in October.

In April, Vimcal also launched its executive assistant product called Maestro. According to Lee, the product is designed for those who work with the schedules of multiple executives in different time zones. According to Vimcal’s initial observations, executive assistants who schedule multiple people can save up to two hours a day by using its product.

Over the past few months, the company has also introduced features such as automatic colour-coding of internal and external meetings and the ability to search for available seats for all team members.

Now the company wants the calendar to become a hub for various meeting-related tools.

“If I’m on a call with you, I need to have information about our past meetings or any notes about what you like at my fingertips. Right now, I have to go into different apps to check all of that. We want to be the go-to system for companies to record all calendar events with a great design,” he says.

Competition is fierce in the productivity space (especially in the area of calendar tools). But, Lee says, in a market like this, it all comes down to good distribution – Vimcal hires marketers and salespeople through new investments. A great UX also contributes to success. However, he believes there could be many tools in this space with different entry points, such as video calls, transcription, scheduling or note taking.

The company has raised a total of $6.9 million from investors including Y Combinator, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Teachable founder Ankur Nagpal and Hustle Fund.