Building a better calendar, every day.
Jeremy and I started Sunrise a few months with the vision that a better calendar was not just a dream, it’s something we could build as designers.
We could imagine how much a new calendar would improve the life of millions of people everyday. We had to do it – or at least try.
Today, I’m excited to announce an important step for all Sunrise lovers. We’ve secured our first round of funding from investors and angels.
I’m very happy that Mike Hirshland @ Resolute and Rob Go @ NextView Ventures are co-leading our $2.2M round with Jordan Cooper @ Lerer Ventures, Kevin Carter @ SV Angel, Adam Rothenberg & David Tisch @ BoxGroup, Shai Goldman @ 500 Startups and John Maloney @ Terrapin Bale.
We are lucky enough to welcome amazing angels too: Dave Morin (Path), David King (Blippy), Andrew Kortina (Venmo), Adam Nash (LinkedIn), Elliot Shmukler (LinkedIn), Hunter Walk (Youtube), Gustaf Alströmer (Airbnb), Loic Le Meur (Le Web), Bill Lee (Twist) and Adam Mosseri (Facebook).
I want to say a special thanks to the angels that have been supporting us since the beginning of this adventure: Henrik Werdelin (Prehype), Naveen Selvadurai & Tristan Walker (Foursquare), Adam Rothenberg and David Tisch (BoxGroup), Ilan Abehassera (Producteev), Taavet Hinrikus (TransferWise), Sten Tamkivi (Skype), Ott Kaukver (Skype), Julien Genestoux (Superfeedr), Davy Kestens (TwitSpark), Clement Calazot (DocTrackr), Thomas France (Prixing), Fabrice Grinda and Jose Marin.
We’ve picked investors and angels that are passionate about the problem we are solving and deeply believe that design can have a big impact.
Dear users, investors, angels and friends, thanks so much for your support. Let the ride continue.
Update: you can read the blog post from Resolute about their investment in Sunrise.
Stephen Morrison is a Sunriser!
Today we’re welcoming Stephen Morrison at Sunrise. He’ll be joining our team as a backend engineer focused on building new services for your favorite calendar.
He is thrilled to be joining the Sunrise team as an intern this summer. A couple months ago his interest was piqued in the calendar app space when a couple apps including Sunrise launched attempting to improve the calendar experience on iOS. He was very impressed by the effort that the Sunrise team put into the app to make it extremely intuitive so he was excited to learn they were looking for a summer intern.
Beyond Sunrise, he loves hacking on various side projects, dabbling in Sketch, going on long bike rides, and eating baby carrots by the bag.
Update: What’s New in Version 1.2
Good news! Sunrise v1.2 is now available on the App Store! Here’s what’s new:
Mention your friends/contacts
Quickly invite event attendees via the event title field.
We added dots when you expand the calendar view to quickly see what days have events and how busy your schedule is.
A light dot means you have between 1 and 3 events.
A dark dot means you have at least 3 events or more on that day.
Create events offline without a network connection. Which means no more trouble in the subway or on the plane!
We now also load pictures from your local address book.
Too many invites?
Ignore invites by swiping in the invitation view.
A refresh button is now available in the invitation view.
Quickly call access
Quick phone call option is now available by swiping if a phone number available.
Bugs fixes and performance improvements.
Thanks again for your amazing support, keep sending us your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunrise v1.1: Learn about the People You’re Meeting
Good news! Sunrise v1.1 is available on the App Store today. Take a look at some of the new features and fixes coming your way.
We added a profile to each of your event invitees so you can learn more about them before the meeting. An easy one tap access to their LinkedIn and Facebook profiles was also added as well as a direct link to their address book entry.
Skip email invitation
Want to add your friends or colleagues to events without feeling like you’re spamming them? You can now add people to your events and get access to their Facebook, LinkedIn, and address book entry without having to “officially” invite them via email.
Notes + Repeating events
We heard you, we noticed many of you were missing two features and here they are. Repeating events and notes are now available when creating a new event under the “More” section at the very bottom.
Thanks again for your amazing support, keep sending us your feedback at email@example.com
Important Notice: Google-only users synchronization issues
A calendar first feature is to be reliable.
Today we discovered a serious bug where people who logged in with Google only wouldn’t receive any calendar updates unless they fully quit the app and re-opened it. The app was designed to download new events from the server every time it’s opened, but that didn’t happen in this case.
We wanted to take the opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience encountered, here at Sunrise we take our users’ happiness very seriously.
The latest update is available on the App Store.
Calendar Tips: Time Zones
Have you ever wondered how to manage events with different time zones in your calendar? Do you find yourself trying to figure out what time it will be in Paris while you’re in New York? Don’t worry, you won’t need a timezone converter!
Sunrise uses the time zone of the event location. You simply need to think in terms of the local time for that event, like everyone does ;-)
The location can include anything such as a neighborhood, city, street or even a restaurant.
Sunrise will adjust the events to your current time zone and keep them up to date. As soon as you step off the plane in Paris for instance, your meetings will be in the right time zone.
Discover Sunrise with your Google Account
You can now find in the AppStore the latest version of Sunrise which includes a signup with Google, which means that you don’t need to use a Facebook account to signup if you download the lastest update.
We know that this has been the #1 feedback since we launched Sunrise a week ago, and the team has been working hard since to ship this quickly.
We’ve also fixed an issue which was affecting our users in Brazil.
You can find the update on the AppStore.
Next version will come in a few weeks with a lot of improvements based on your feedback. Keep it coming at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for using Sunrise!
Welcome to Sunrise
We’re really excited to launch our first mobile version of Sunrise today, free in the App Store. Sunrise is a fast and beautiful calendar designed to make your life easier.
When we sat down about three months ago to start designing our product, we looked at the current state of calendars and realized very few exciting things had happened in the last 7 years. We’re setting out to change that, and this release is our first step along the way.
Some of the problems with calendars we heard from users that we tried to solve:
1. “Today’s calendar feels quite stale”: even though everyone knows how to use a calendar, we believed that your calendar could be so much smarter about what’s going on in your life. We added full support of Google Calendar along with Facebook birthdays and events, weather predictions, directions and a better integration about the people you’re going to meet.
2. “My calendar takes forever to synchronize properly”: we worked to make the synchronization experience as smooth and speedy as possible whether you’re using an iPhone 4 or the latest one.
3. “Timezone support is a pain”: we made it super-simple to add events and determine your timezone based on where you actually will meet your friends and contacts.
We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on our app. Feel free to reach us at email@example.com. You can also watch our video on the homepage www.sunrise.am
A huge thanks to our awesome beta testers, who have given us the solid love that every app needs as it’s being created.
Want the app? Download it for free in the App Store!
Hello from London! Sunrise is available for Little Printer
At Sunrise, we really love what our friends at Little Printer are building. And we wanted to be part of it. So we are happy to announce that Sunrise is now available for Little Printer.
Each morning, you can now get Sunrise in your hands, delivered right in time by your Little Printer.
And, more one thing, we’ve got a discount code – SUNRISE – for you when buying a Little Printer to get free shipping. Please note that the code is only available 20 times.
Sunrise with Eventbrite makes your life (a little) easier!
Have you ever wondered why you need to manually add events you’re buying tickets for to your calendar? Does it feel like extra-work?
Sunrise users can now connect their Eventbrite account to get their tickets directly into the daily email. It’s like magic, no action from the user is actually required. Behind the scene, Sunrise is using the Eventbrite API.
Introducing Sunrise People.
Today, we are happy to launch a new feature to help making your life a little bit easier: People.
Remember the last time you were trying to know more about the people you’re about to meet in 10 minutes? What company they are working for? Where did they go to school? Or even how they look like?
For every event that involves other people, we’ve designed a private page with all the information you need to know quickly. We’ll be able to find more about everyone current position, previous experiences and education.
To make it easy for you to get to this page, we are appending a link to the description of the event (without modify the description itself). This page will be also very useful for the people meeting with you: they will be able to know more about you (all the information are imported from LinkedIn).
We’ve turned this feature on by default for users who have connected their LinkedIn account with Sunrise, but if you want to disable it, you can change your settings at any time. Let us know what you think!