Vancouver’s Charli is an AI-driven productivity manager for desktop and iOS that automates content organization so users can spend less time on administrative tasks.
Moving out of the lab and launching into public beta today, the intelligent automation startup is the latest venture from the team behind Bit Stew Systems, an Industrial IoT startup that exited to GE Digital in 2016 for $208 million.
With Charli, professionals get support with organizing their Google Drive; making it easier to search and retrieve important documents at a later date; and more easily distributing documents via email.
By reducing cognitive clutter and increasing time spent on the focus work that matters most, Charli promises to make work flow better while building a more organized and productive future of work.
Charli co-founders Kevin Collins and Alex Clark have worked together building companies for the last 20 years and raised a $1.6 million seed round for Charli AI from Yaletown Partners and BDC Capital in the Spring of 2019.
“More than 19% of our time is spent just looking for information; imagine what we could accomplish, and how much more life we could live, if we got that time back,” said Collins, CEO of Charli AI. “Seeing the reactions of relief on the faces of busy professionals when they realize that Charli has not only organized their documents, but automatically filed them away to exactly where they need to be, has been the most rewarding thing.”
Collins wants to grow Charli into a full back-office support system, expanding through organization to the automation of tasks, including sending reminders and extracting important information from emails and documents.
Intended to be the working professional’s ‘Chief of Stuff’, Charli works with a range of professionals – from solopreneurs to freelancers and consultants to people working within small- to mid-sized businesses – to take care of the busy work that distracts from value work.
Google users interested in joining Charli’s public beta testing can sign up online. Charli will be available to support other cloud systems in 2021.