Meet Hera, a new app for scheduling that turns the calendar into your main work interface. Hera makes it easier to schedule meetings using natural language processing. It also allows you to share availability in an email or other messaging app. Integrations will be built with other tools to allow you to share important information prior and after meetings.
Hera has raised $465,000 (400,000), pre-seed round under Eurazeo's brand Idinvest and several business angels. Eurazeo led the seed round that raised $1.7 million and it joined Y Combinators' S21 batch.
Alexis Bonillo and Thibaud Elzire were among the business angels that invested in the company. Kima Ventures and Notion Capital also invested.
Hera started out as a simple calendar app that allowed you to take notes during meetings. The product has changed a lot since Hera first started as a calendar app that allowed you to take notes during meetings. The product is now focused on the management of all aspects of an event, which is important for busy people who manage many (virtual), meetings.
Hera will help you to schedule a meeting, and prepare for it. You can choose multiple slots in just a few steps. The friendly text Hera generates is something you can copy and paste into an email thread, WhatsApp conversation, or anywhere else where you are discussing your next meeting.
This interface is much more friendly for the person receiving it than traditional meeting scheduling tools. The link doesn't need to be generated, and the recipient of the message does not have to click on the link to find out when the meeting might take place.
Hera will also provide context for your meetings. You probably already have lots of information about the people you are meeting. You may send and receive emails or use a CRM. It is possible that you meet several times per year.
Bruno Vegreville, CEO and co-founder, said that we weren't going to be a project management platform but would integrate with existing tools.
Hera allows you to take notes before the meeting, so you don't forget anything. You can take more notes during the meeting and export them to Notion, a note-taking app that you love.
Hera is best for users who wish to take Google Calendar to a higher level. The company plans to add multiplayer components. You can, for example, imagine better scheduling if both of you are using Hera. To get feedback, you could mention other Hera users in your calendar.
Hera is currently in private beta. The startup vision is clear. Superhuman and other productivity tools have helped people be more efficient in sorting out threads and responding to incoming emails. Hera could be the Superhuman of calendars if you think of meetings as threads.