Appointment reminders can be difficult to navigate. Even if you get a notification 10 or 30 minutes before the meeting, you may forget to join or have a hard time finding the meeting link moments before joining. Magical, professionalproductivity company, aims to solve these problems with a Chrome extension called timeOS. This extension shows the details of your next meeting in every new tab you open.
The timeOS extension works in a simple way. After installing it, the extension will ask you to sign in with your Google account to sync your calendar. Once the sync is complete, it will show your next appointment on the new tab page.
You can quickly join the meeting from this page with the CMD/Ctrl + J keyboard shortcut or get a pop-up reminder to join a minute before the meeting starts. What’s more, the tool also reminds you to end your meeting on time so you can move on to other tasks.
The new tab page also has a Notes tab that you can open using the CMD/Ctrl + I keyboard shortcut. The default Notes template — with the team working on importing custom templates — has an Agenda tab for jotting down items for the meeting and a “Next Steps” section for a list of follow-up actions or tasks discussed before and during the meeting. You can also sync your notes with your Notion account using this guide. This will also create a database of all meetings in Notion, so you can quickly reference notes for different meetings.
The timeOS extension is just one part of the meeting solution that Magical is aiming to create. To date, the company has raised $6 million in funding from investors such as Resolute Ventures, Ibex Investors, Aviv Growth Partners, ORR Partners and Homeward Ventures.
Tommy Barav, co-founder of Magical told TechCrunch during a call that the idea behind creating timeOS was to make meeting details more accessible.
“We believe that time is very valuable for working professionals. So with the timeOS extension, we wanted to save you the trouble of finding meeting details and make meeting notes easy. We wanted to make meeting management easier and save time for our users,” he said.
The startup is now working on integrating more tools with timeOS like Slack for communication; Trello, Monday.com for project management; and Jira for issue tracking. There are also more features like tagging your teammates in upcoming tasks in preparation.
The company is also testing Magical — an eponymous calendar product for teams to eliminate pointless meetings — in closed beta. The product aims to reduce meeting spam by introducing features such as showing the best timeslots to schedule meetings with your teammate and showing the time zone they are in while setting up a meeting.
“We live in the world of inflation. People spam each other with useless date requests. We see the calendar as a bridge between synchronous and asynchronous communication. We want to give tools to people so they can easily skip meetings while getting all the information,” Barav said.
“Tools like Calendly allow you to schedule appointments faster, which exacerbates the appointment spam problem. And people just get overwhelmed by the number of meetings they have in a week.”
The team also wants to introduce features like notifying the organizer if their teammates already have a busy day and prompting them to find a better time for the meeting. The company aims to open Magical to the public by the end of this year.