[Bon App’] Tempo, a smart calendar

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Origin: United States

Editor: AI Tempo

Date of update: September 4, 2014

Availability: iOS 7.0

Application tempo

To save time in organizing a day, Tempo turns your smartphone calendar into a personal assistant. The application is accessible in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.

It was launched in English and then translated into five other languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Tempo reminds Sunrise (of which the publishing start-up raised $ 6 million in July) and Evernote, among others, but is distinguished by the fact that it provides information in correlation with the events registered in the diary. Tempo was chosen by Uber at the end of August to participate in the development of its next API. More details with Thierry Donneau-Golencer, co-founder of the American start-up which publishes it:

Thierry Donneau-Golencer - Tempo Smart Calendar
Thierry Donneau-Golencer, co-founder of Tempo AI

FrenchWeb: How does the application work?

Thierry Donneau-Golencer: Tempo is an intelligent calendar which provides useful information in correlation with the events registered in the calendar. Using semantic and Artificial Intelligence technologies from SRI International (Siri’s birthplace), Tempo offers information on the people you are going to meet, a route to your meeting, the latest emails exchanged on the subject of the project in question etc. It also allows you to perform some quick actions, such as texting or emailing if you’re late, checking your flight status, or calling a conference call number without having to type in the password.

How did you get the idea of ​​creating Tempo Smart Calendar?

I was previously working on a research project in Artificial Intelligence (CALO, Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes). By meeting professionals with busy schedules and often on the move, we realized that their schedule was the common thread of their day, but that it had not changed since its inception. This is where the idea for Tempo was born: to transform the calendar into a real platform giving instant access to the most important information and actions throughout the day.

Who are your main competitors? How does your app stand out?

Our main competitor remains the calendar installed by default on smartphones, simple and functional. To replace it, we must continually innovate, offer a better interface and features that our users appreciate and cannot find elsewhere. Following our successful launch last year, many more calendars have been developed. Most are focused on aesthetics and different types of views, the calendar being a very preferred application. We focus on the utility aspect and features that save time and less stress.

How will you monetize this new service?

The service is completely free at the moment. As a large part of our users are professionals, we believe we can monetize in the future via a Saas-type model, such as Evernote or Dropbox. Our priority for the short term is to make Tempo available worldwide and on other platforms.

Have you created a specific start-up to develop Tempo? If so, what is it called and what is its business model?

In 2011, we founded Tempo AI, a spin-off incubated at SRI International in Menio Park in the suburbs of San Francisco. This incubator is known for many innovations such as the Mouse, Graphical Interfaces, electronic banking services and more recently Siri. We have raised US $ 12.5 million in funding since our Series A last year.

The Wall Street Journal tested the application, here is the video:

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