DURHAM – A Durham software startup is stepping up to help teams go remote during the coronavirus crisis.
The software allows managers and individuals to collaborate on an agenda, assign one another tasks, note progress on goals, give and receive feedback and tag achievements for annual performance review – all one platform.
“While 1:1 Meetings are important for teams operating under normal circumstances; they are vital for teams working remotely in periods of uncertainty,” said its founder and CEO Mutuk Karpakakunjaram.
Work-from-home policies have greatly driven up the demand for video and chat software that allows people to try and maintain some semblance of business as usual. In response, workplace software companies like Zoom, Microsoft, and Google — many of which have offered their software for free.
MeetingMaker focuses on 1:1 Meetings, and is a subset of the stickiest features from All Elements — a “people experience management platform” that aligns company culture and purpose with individual goals and performance by integrating continuous conversations into daily workstream.
“While most other software products and tools do a good job with one set of functional tasks, our platform combines all elements together to create an integrated experience,” Karpakakunjaram said. “This saves enormous time.”
Launched in 2018, All Elements is bootstrapped and based out of Durham’s American Underground. The startup had been days away from unveiling its new product when the pandemic broke out.
“Instead of overwhelming HR teams, managers, and individual contributors with our new campaign, we decided to be more useful. We know from our existing customers that remote teams love conducting 1:1 meetings on our platform. So we decided to open it up,” said the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School alumni and former IBM senior IT specialist.
“When the current situation returns to normal, our customers will have the option to convert to a paid customer, or cancel and download their data. No questions asked.”