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Powered by Battery  |  June 27, 2019
How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Calendar? Lessons in Office Productivity From Tim Campos

The Powered by Battery podcast features guests from inside and outside the Battery ecosystem discussing major tech issues of the day. Guests from the Battery portfolio in this season of the podcast represent a subset of business-software and enterprise-infrastructure companies, across investment stages and geographies, highlighting the trends of marketing tech; the broader use of big data and AI; productivity software; user experience; and healthcare software. If you’re interested in learning more about these companies, or others in the Battery portfolio, you can access more information here.

Tim Campos, the current CEO of intelligent-calendaring company Woven*, has some big ideas about how to shake up the online calendar and bring it into the modern age.

In this inaugural episode of Powered by Battery, Campos—the former CIO of Facebook—discusses how his experience at Facebook informed his decision to start Woven, one of many companies (like Slack and Airtable) trying to optimize specific elements of larger office-productivity suites. Current online-calendaring systems need a reboot because they are too dependent on email and aren’t “smart”, meaning they can’t learn from a users’ past meetings and other work habits, he argues.

In this interview, Campos breaks down how artificial intelligence can make calendars better—but also talks about Facebook’s culture, the future of work and even some great office-themed movies from the 1980s, such as “Nine to Five” and “Working Girl”.

Have a listen.

Key Takeaways:

  • Current online calendars are impeding productivity because they are not “smart” and still need to be powered by email to set up, cancel and structure meetings.
  • Artificial intelligence can be infused into calendars without costing executive assistants their jobs; smart calendars could actually help EAs work smarter and give them more time for higher-value activities.
  • Facebook’s former CIO remains a fan of the company’s culture, which he says emphasizes personal responsibility. He argues that computer hacks of things like financial, credit or health records could be more serious than hacking designed to sway a political election.
  • The nonprofit Year Up, with which Campos is involved, helps young adults who didn’t attend college train for higher-paying positions, partly by interning at companies like Facebook. Learn more here.

 

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