Tamedia completes acquisition of Doodle and shifts gears for further investments

November 13, 2014

Swiss media group Tamedia has increased its share in Doodle to 100 per cent and intends to keep investing in the scheduling platform.

The founders Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç as well as the Innovation Foundation of the Canton Bank of Schwyz as minority shareholders have relinquished their 51 per cent share as already agreed upon in 2011. Following the successful transfer of operational management to Michael Brecht in February 2014, Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç are now leaving the Supervisory Board of Doodle AG with the sale of their shares.

The scheduling platform under the direction of the new CEO Michael Brecht has invested further in internationalisation over the past months. This strategy has been rewarded with a substantial increase in sales. Today, more than 20 million people use Doodle globally every month. The scheduling platform, which is available in 17 languages, plans the opening of an office in Berlin in 2015, from where 10 employees will support the platform’s international growth.

The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.

Your Doodle-Team


Doodle Wins Computer America’s Top Tech Award

October 20, 2014

We’re happy to announce that we’ve received the Top Tech Award from Computer America, which is the longest running nationally syndicated radio talk show about computers and technology in the United States. Computer America’s Top Tech Award is given to products and services that provide the best experience to the user and show innovation through design, which is exactly what we strive to do each day.

If you’d like, you can also listen to a recent interview that Computer America did with our CEO, Michael Brecht.

Thanks to Computer America for giving us this Award!

Your Doodle Team


International survey finds families are overwhelmed by group organization and communication

October 8, 2014

Based on the results of a new international survey* that we’ve conducted in Germany, the United States, and France, the dream of having a quiet family life is just a dream for most families. The results confirm that family life involves an enormous amount of organization.

The parents’ job situation plays an important role in this. Working parents have more organizational issues in their lives, and they’re also under more stress. Additionally, when it comes to scheduling, they make greater use of email, electronic calendar requests, and Doodle. With that said, they still primarily use phone calls to make arrangements with several people despite the fact that this method wastes the most time and there are much better alternatives.

Since finding a time for a meeting or making a decision with a group of people can be so time-consuming, we asked parents as well as people without children how often they have to handle those tasks in their personal lives.

The frequencies of schedules

Group Appointments

From back-to-school events to sports appointments and vacation plans, parents’ organizational efforts are definitely more complicated and increase in complexity according to the number of children in the household. Interestingly, there’s hardly any difference between men and women, which indicates that fathers are just as involved in family scheduling as mothers are.

But there are still major differences between men and women when it comes to their professional lives. For example, a substantially higher percentage of fathers work full-time (91% vs. 54%). The results also show that part-time work is popular among mothers, especially in Germany, as indicated here:

Job situation varies

The job situation of mothers in these three countries varies

Just under half of the respondents said that they usually handle the organizing within a group, and a similar percentage of them agreed that finding a suitable date for several people is annoying. In turn, while parents are usually more involved with group decisions, less than a third of them actually like to meet in large groups.

Family statements

International Statements on organizing

Mothers feel significantly more pressure with time in their personal lives than fathers do (49% vs. 38%), even if fathers are involved in group decisions to the same extent as we learned before.

There are also interesting differences between the countries concerning the request for an SMS confirmation before an appointment. French parents favor this (58%) while American (45%) and particularly German parents (24%) are skeptical about the idea.

Ultimately, whether they’re working full-time or part-time, employed people are more likely to organize events, they’re more annoyed by group scheduling, and they experience stronger pressures on their time.

This correlation with parents‘ job situations becomes even more apparent in a further analysis when we form an Organization Index as well as a Stress Index based on the requested statements.

Organisation in families

Stress index for families

When you look at the communication tools that families are using to organize their group decisions, it’s easy to see why so many of them are annoyed by the process.

The majority of respondents still rely on email and phone calls, which are highly inefficient methods of finding an agreement with a group of people.

Job status is the main factor for the frequency with which the communication tools are used. Working parents use almost all of the tools more regularly than nonworking parents. There’s also a particularly big difference concerning email and electronic calendar requests – calendar requests seem to be much more familiar to working parents. Additionally, Doodle is used more often by working parents to schedule personal appointments or make decisions with a group of people.

The tools of family communication

How do families communicate

Outside of job status, there are also some country-specific preferences with communication tools. For instance, American parents are more likely to use social networks for group decisions while German parents are more likely to use WhatsApp. In fact, 45% of German fathers and mothers regularly use this messaging service to organize appointments and agreements within groups while another 25% sometimes use it for those purposes. On the other end of the scale, more than 80% of American and French parents never use WhatsApp for group organization, so this use case appears to be a German phenomenon.

In the end, no matter which communication tools are used, it’s a fact that many families are choosing inefficient ways to communicate in groups. An experimental study for a Bachelor’s thesis at ETH Zurich revealed that using Doodle for group scheduling could save up to two-thirds of the time that you’d spend otherwise. Even in smaller groups, people benefit from online scheduling by saving around fifteen minutes for each event. Even if you only have a few group arrangements each week, the time that you save by using Doodle will mean that you’ll have more time with your family.

*Two-stage international online survey in July 2014 in Germany, the United States, and France of respondents between the ages of 18-60. Families among the internet population surveyed by Toluna Online Panel. Families and No Families surveyed by Doodle on-site survey. The current analysis is focused on respondents between the ages of 30-49 (N=6.562). More than half of all interviewed parents were a part of this group.


Public Service Announcement – WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com

October 1, 2014

With over twenty million users each month, our online scheduling tools have already reached a lot of people, but we still have more work to do. In an effort to help spread the word about Doodle to even more people, we’ve created the WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com Public Service Announcement.

Many of you have shared stories about times when you’ve been stuck in the middle of a scheduling nightmare with a group of people who were using email, phone calls, and text messages to find a time for the group to meet, and in order to put a stop to the chaos, you suggested that Doodle should be used instead. This word-of-mouth promotion has been a large driver of Doodle’s growth, and our PSA makes it even easier to tell others about Doodle in this way.

So the next time that you find yourself stuck in a scheduling nightmare with a group of people, just send them the link to WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com and put a stop to it. We hope you like what we’ve created, and please help us raise awareness about online scheduling by sharing the link with others!

Your Doodle Team


Ever wondered how Doodle works?

September 29, 2014

Have you ever wondered how the red and the green boxes are getting from your friends to you? The engineers at Doodle work hard each day to keep this process as easy and straightforward as it always has been.

It is very important to us that every person all over the globe is able to use Doodle to make scheduling possible between all kinds of people. This is why we support all major browsers (IE8+). Mobile devices are covered by native Apps (Android & iOS) or our mobile web version for other smartphones.

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But what exactly is happening under the hood?

When a page is requested by a browser, our servers are serving a skeleton HTML page using JSF. This page includes some basic HTML, JSON data, templates and an initial JavaScript AMD module.

This module is the starting point for everything you see on Doodle. It loads all its dependencies with the help of RequireJS, reads the provided JSON data and finally renders the data with the Mustache template engine. To give Doodle a modern face we use the famous Bootstrap3 framework and customize it with SCSS. Since HD screens become common we are building Doodle to become Retina-ready.

At this point it’s on you – the Doodle scripts are loaded in your browser and now await your input; be it creating a poll, participating in one, or adding a comment. Most of these actions do not need the page to be reloaded, since our client handles your input and actions immediately and communicates asynchronously with our servers in the background using a RESTful API that is provided by the Java Jersey framework implementing JAX-RS. The responses of the server can be handled again by the JavaScript and give you immediate feedback using jQuery to handle the DOM easily.

To offer the huge variety of all our features we use the following third-party-libraries: FullCalendar to show you the polls within context of your personal calendar. Feature detection (legacy support) with Modernizr. Fancy Input elements with ChosenJS and Select2.

How your Doodle polls are stored and how the infrastructure looks like has been explained by this Blogpost; so this post will focus on the frontend part of the web app.


Doodle will focus on its core product

August 6, 2014

About two years ago Doodle successfully launched and established BookMe as a professional appointment booking service.

Today we are announcing that BookMe will be discontinued. Doodle will focus on its core product, the worlds largest and most successful tool for scheduling group events with over 20 million users.

For BookMe users this means that BookMe will only be available until October 31st. Afterwards, the BookMe page will be deactivated. However, there are many great other scheduling products out there that focus specifically on your business requirements.

In order to give you enough time to find a replacement for BookMe we will keep offering BookMe until October 31st 2014 – for free. As of today existing users will not be charged for BookMe anymore.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the upcoming changes.


Doodle adds “reset admin link” feature to help administer your poll

July 30, 2014

Who hasn’t experienced this problem before: we click the SEND button in our eMail program and realise just in that same second, that we have sent a wrong link or have sent the eMail to the wrong person. Our Doodle users told us that they would love to get security for such error when sending the participation links for a scheduled poll out.

With today’s release, we have improved the use of Doodle admin links. Within the admin panel for your poll we now have added a functionality for organisers to reset the admin link. Such new admin link will be sent to the organiser by eMail, actually to that address that was used for setting up the poll. All users that have received the former admin link will be able to participate in the poll but not be able to administer the poll.

In hoping that we were able to help our users with such change we wish you happy Doodling on the world’s easiest scheduling tool.

Your Doodle Team


Doodle calendar integration improvements [Update]

May 27, 2014

With 20 million users, Doodle is the worlds largest and most successful tool for scheduling group events and we continuously work on improving our product. During the past weeks we worked on improving our calendar connection for Doodle.

Doodle’s calendar connection is one of the preferred options for people to choose Premium Doodle. We received a lot of feedback from our users regarding our synchronization feature and over the time one thing stuck out: Users do not want tentative events to be synchronized making their calendar unclear.

That’s why we chose to change this feature and only use the sync functionality with their final event from now on. This keeps you calendar tidy and you are still able to find all important events at a glimpse. Tentative events that were already synchronized will be smartly removed with the next synchronization initiated by yourself.

[Update as of 11 June 2014]

When we published the blogpost above, we were keen to getting some feedback from our Doodle users. And yes, we received a lot of feedback here on the blog and through our support hotline which we appreciate. It is the open communication which helps us improve our Doodle application.

Because of your comments we were able to understand how you use the calendar integration and which factors are important to you. Based on the overwhelming feedback from you to keep the temporary calendar entries up we decided to wind back the current version. With our current release, we now offer you the choice with every Doodle synchronization, whether you’d like to enter provisional dates in your calendar or whether you would like to only enter the final date(s).

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Thanks again for everybody’s constructive feedback so far and for any comments on the changes within this release.

Your Doodle Team


Interview with CEO Michael Brecht @frenchweb.fr

May 15, 2014

Doodle CEO Michael was in Paris this week where he spoke to the French media about Doodle’s future.

Here is the link to the video on French magazine frenchweb.fr where Michael spoke to Marion Moreau about his first 100 days with scheduling specialist Doodle, his role in leading the Swiss start-up to become a global player and about the importance of growing in French speaking countries. Doodle is today used by more than 20 million users worldwide with French being one of the top three languages on its platform. Doodle as a scheduling platform for private and business use is available in 20 languages.

Thanks Marion for the interview, it was great talking to you.

Doodle scheduled in France

Doodle in France


Important security news from Doodle

April 10, 2014

Earlier this week a vulnerability in the OpenSSL library was disclosed. Doodle uses this library to encrypt data transmissions like many other Internet services. Therefore Doodle might be affected by this issue. Learn more about the vulnerability on heartbleed.com.

First and foremost we want to express that all Doodle systems have been updated after the disclosure and the issue is therefore resolved on doodle.com.

There are no signs that the vulnerability was exploited to tap into Doodle’s data transmissions. However, due to the nature of the vulnerability this cannot be completely ruled out, though.

We want to emphasize that NO credit card data could have leaked via Doodle as this data is sent directly to our billing provider from your browser.

As a precaution we recommend that you reset your passwords and reconnect your calendars:

Do not hesitate to contact our support team in case you have any questions.


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