Routine raises a $2.7M pre-seed round from BoxGroup and TargetGlobal to bring a new perspective to productivity
Julien Quintard then became Managing Director for Techstars, running the accelerator program from 2018 to 2020.
Routine was founded in late 2020. Within 3 months, Routine caught the attention of international investors and joined Y Combinator's W21 batch.
Routine is on a mission to help extremely busy people stay on top of things. CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, senior executives, and general managers evolve in a very chaotic environment with hundreds of emails, chat messages, things going through their minds, and important tasks that must be completed in time.
Even though many tools exist, from email clients, calendars, to-do, and note-taking apps all the way to project management platforms and physical notebooks, none of them seem to work when it comes to having an overall picture of what matters at the moment.
Routine combines tasks, notes, contacts and calendar into a single productivity desktop and mobile app for busy professionals.
Routine distinguishes itself from other productivity apps in the following ways:
- Individual-Centric Experience: Routine is targeted at individuals, not teams, focusing on professionals' objectives: tasks to accomplish and events taking place today
- Dashboard: Routine's dashboard brings key information, in a fraction of a second, regarding what matters right now: tasks to complete today, upcoming events and console to interact with Routine
- All-in-one: By combining tasks, notes, contacts and time, Routine bridges gaps between otherwise siloed products
Routine received a total commitment of $6.7 million for a pre-seed round of $2.7 million which was closed 4 weeks after Routine graduated from Y Combinator.
Investors in this round include Y Combinator, BoxGroup (Superhuman, Trello, Sunrise, Airtable etc.), TargetGlobal (Cazoo, BlueApron, Delivery Hero, etc.), and prominent business angels, including Matt Robinson (GoCardless & Nested), Clement Delangue (HuggingFace), Ian Hogarth (Songkick) and more.
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