A friend called me the other day and asked to sit through a software demo for a new company. I get these requests all the time, but I really trust this guy so I agreed. I’m glad I did, because it blew my mind a little.
Go watch this video for Liaise. This is an Outlook add-in (for now – there are integration plans for other platforms) that analyzes what you write in an email in real-time and creates tasks and follow-up items based on.
So, if you email Bob and say:
I need you to send me the tickets for the concert next Tuesday.
Liaise will – while you’re typing – create a task called “Send concert tickets,” assign it to Bob (the Bob you were emailing, because it recognizes the pronoun “you”), and put a due date on it by next Tuesday. It’s really remarkable.
Go watch the video. I was crazy impressed, and I get more and more cynical every day.
At the end of the day, my only reaction to these guys was, “You are so gonna get acquired…” Seriously – Microsoft is going to snap these guys up in a heartbeat. It’s that cool.