Tinder-inspired Cala dares you to swipe left on useless meetingsReading Time: 2 minutes
Move over, meat market and, um… hello, meet market.
A two-person team made some waves this week with Cala, a web app they’re marketing as ‘Tinder for canceling meetings.’
The free service integrates with Google Calendar and borrows the tried-and-tried swipe mechanic from dating apps. It tasks users to swipe left on meetings they consider a waste of time, or right on meetings they’d like to keep around.
Cala cancels meetings only if everyone who’s invited to a meeting swipes left, and that’s about where its similarity to online dating ends. While Tinder is more about squandering time in modern dating’s gamified hellscape, the ideal outcome of Cala is some additional ‘focus time,’ per its website.
The tool is a response to excessive meetings, which have presumably plagued office workers since the dawn of cubicles. Still, Zoom’s boom and the meeting fatigue studies that followed give us more than enough reason to hate on needless huddles.
Former colleagues Zack Hargett and Paulius Dragunas debuted Cala last week. The pair previously worked at Loom, a video messaging startup that won over Instagram’s co-founders months before coronavirus lockdowns set in.
‘Also, as exciting as AI is right now, its exhausting,’ the co-creator added. ‘Something oddly comforting to work on boring problems with simple technology.’
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