July 11, 2012
Like Siri, Cluzee can help you drive to your afternoon meeting, search the web, and check the weather. Like Siri, Cluzee has an endearingly robotic voice and learns about you over time. And Cluzee is available for Android phones.
Below, founder and CEO Ashish Patwa explains why his team decided to bring Cluzee to Android first.
Tech Cocktail: What was the inspiration behind Cluzee? What do you enjoy most about working on it?
Ashish Patwa: Cluzee draws some inspiration from the Knowledge Navigator video designed in 1987. The goal of the Cluzee platform is to provide users with the same services they would expect from a real assistant and create powerful task delegation capabilities so that we can spend more time on things we enjoy the most. It uses cutting-edge technologies to create feature sets that can contribute in improving the collective productivity of the world. These facts excite and motivate us every day.
Tech Cocktail: Describe a challenging moment or a crucial decision for Cluzee. How did you deal with it?
Patwa: Initially, we were planning to put Cluzee on iOS devices first. At that time, not many people knew about Apple’s acquisition of Siri and the company’s future plans for it. After careful market research, we decided to drop the iOS version and create the first version for Android devices. The goal was to provide the same (or more) features to Android users. We think it was an important decision. We’ve been bringing more and more features and capabilities on Android and plan to use the experience to extend Cluzee’s services on other devices.
Tech Cocktail: What’s one quirky fact about you, your team, or your office culture?
Patwa: We still cannot decide whether Cluzee is ESTP or INFJ…
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