Vimcal, a calendar app backed by YC, has raised a $4.5 million seed round from Altos Ventures to expand its team and enterprise offerings.
The company, founded by CEO John Li, launched its iOS app and Outlook integration last year. Li told TechCrunch that Vimcal has improved its Outlook integration with fewer bugs.
Vimcal has introduced an AI-powered free time finder since last year, allowing users to paste meeting slots shared by others in text form and also paste a Calendly link to view free slots, which are automatically converted into the user’s time zone.
Vimcal allows users to create a meeting using natural language sentences like “Lunch meeting with Lisa at 1 pm tomorrow.” This feature was initially available on desktop, but it was recently added to Vimcal’s iOS app in October.
In April, Vimcal launched a product for executive assistants called Maestro, designed for managing schedules of multiple executives in different time zones, with early observations showing potential time savings of up to two hours per day.
Vimcal aims to develop the calendar into a central hub for various meeting-related tools.
Li expressed the company’s goal, stating, “We want to be like a system of record for companies for all things calendar with great design.”
In a competitive productivity space, Vimcal has received funding support to focus on good distribution and user experience, recognizing the potential for multiple tools in areas such as video calling, transcription, scheduling, and note-taking.
The company has raised a total of $6.9 million from investors including Y Combinator, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Teachable founder Ankur Nagpal and Hustle Fund.