Do (do.com) provides a new integration with Microsoft Office 365 to help you run productive meetings.
Exciting news! Do – which allows you to track and manage the discussions that happen during your meetings – now integrates with the Microsoft Office 365 suite. In addition, Do has raised $2 million in seed funding to fuel its ongoing growth.
Their announcement represents one of the first major integrations between a startup and the Microsoft Office 365 API, and Do has been working closely with internal teams at Microsoft on this new service. With Microsoft strengthening both its mobile and cloud offerings, Do offers a complementary meeting productivity platform that enhances the Microsoft Office 365 suite.
The Do and Office 365 integration is their next milestone in helping rid the world of unproductive meetings and helping people do work they love. Now millions of people around the world can leverage their Office 365 calendar systems to be organized for meetings and get more out of their work in addition to classic productivity tools such as OneNote, Microsoft Word, and the rest of the Office 365 suite.
Do worked closely with core teams at Microsoft to deliver this to users, and is excited about the benefits users will begin to see as a result.
Do offers a seamless workspace built on top of the existing platform so Microsoft Office 365 users can plan agendas, take meeting notes and get work done.
In business, meetings happen all the time, and they can be really great when they’re productive, but there are also times when they are downright boring, tedious and wasteful. In fact, the stats show that the majority of the time, they are the latter, to the tune of 71%!
This is the all-too-pervasive problem that Do intends to solve. You can use it to create agendas for your meetings, manage discussion topics, and create action items. Its integration with Office 365 means participants can take advantage of the calendar system and other built-in tools in the 365 suite. This feature has been highly requested from many corporate users, and is finally here to meet the increasing demand.
Why go into a meeting with no forethought or planning? Unfortunately, it happens more often than you might be inclined to think, and this is what leads to reduced productivity within an organization. If nothing gets accomplished in that boardroom dialogue, and no one takes any action on what was covered, then it’s merely wasted time and money; for the entire team, and the company itself.
After all, meetings are all about communication. If you want to get a message across, you have to be clear in your communication and stay on-point. Deviating from the core of the discussion can cause eyes to roll, minds to wander, and bodies to yawn; even if they are an otherwise extraordinary team!
Do can be used to share files, assign tasks, take notes, and view meeting summaries. Moreover, this can be done at any time, before, during or after the meeting. Employees from over 5,000 companies have already signed up to take advantage of the platform, which is telling.
The point of a meeting is to get things done afterwards, and if that’s not happening, it’s a strong indicator that your meetings are going too long, aren’t clear in their purpose, or aren’t organized enough to be useful.
If that’s how your meetings are turning out, it’s time to shake things up a bit. When you think about the fact that three billion meetings happen annually just in Corporate America – and most of them are time-wasters – it’s time to wage war on the utter lack of productivity that’s permeating meetings.
An online platform like Do is also needed in an increasingly decentralized, mobile-connected world, where collaboration can happen across multiple locations, sometimes nationally, and other times across the world. This places new demands on software, which has to adapt to the challenges that come with a global economy.
The aforementioned $2 million seed funding will be used to grow the Do team as well as the product – whose main competitor is pen and paper – and Do is looking to integrate with Slack, which is a popular team communication software. A premium enterprise version of Do is also in the works.
Notable investors such as Slow Ventures (Dave Morin, Kevin Colleran), New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Chegg co-founder Aayush Phumbhra, Nas of Queensbridge Venture Partners, Cotap CEO and former Yammer Chief Product Officer Jim Patterson and others were a part of the seed round.
The focus for Do, however, will continue to remain meetings. Integration with additional tools is sure to be forthcoming, but the core of its functionality will be aimed at reducing and eliminating bad meetings.