Handle: Saving Email From Itself

January 24, 2015

8:00 am

“The answer is not to replace email, but to enhance it with the data we all need to manage action: reminder times, projects, locations, and due dates. That is what we are launching today,” says Shawn Carolan, founder and CEO of the newly launched iOS app Handle.

Handle, the software and services company dedicated to making productivity tools, launched their app on the App Store this week in fact. The team, led by Carolan’s philosophy, wants to transform the way people access, respond to, and plan their time-sensitive obligations. They want their users to ‘Handle’ their lives.

The platform seeks to increase productivity specifically by bringing together to-do lists, emails, and calendar invites into a single, central location on mobile devices. According to the Handle team, email-centric environments are the most time consuming for people on a weekly basis.

The McKinsey Global Institute, from which the Handle team drew their data, reports that the average worker gets 147 messages per day and deletes 71, or 48 percent. Further, people spend 13 hours or 28 percent of their workweek reading, deleting, sorting, and sending emails.

“Handle will help people make the most important decision in life: what should I do next,” says Carolan. “Focusing on what matters will help people balance their lives while also creating economic value.”

To date Handle has raised $9.9 million in VC from Menlo Ventures, Chip Heath, David Fischer, Eric Ries, Silicon Valley Bank, and Mitch Kapor.

“Email is a victim of its own success,” says Kapor. “Handle is rescuing it. These guys are building what I’ve been envisioning for 25 years. The most exciting personal productivity tool I’ve seen in forever.”

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America’s Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He’s the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he’s off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing…or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach.

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