All the fun and excitement without effort! May the best team win.
– Your Doodle Team
Zurich, 19 April 2016 – Michael Brecht will resign as CEO of Doodle during the summer of 2016. He will continue to be a leader and investor in the digital sector outside of Tamedia.
Michael Brecht took over as CEO of Doodle in February 2014 after the founders sold the scheduling platform in its entirety to the Swiss media group Tamedia and stepped down from the company. Michael Brecht successfully fuelled the international growth of the platform, and today, approximately 26 million people worldwide are using the online scheduling tool. Doodle is currently used in a total of 175 countries and is available in 22 languages, making it an international brand. In 2015, the use of Doodle on mobile devices increased dramatically, and Michael Brecht also assembled a team in Berlin to further accelerate Doodle’s international growth.
Moving forward, Doodle’s focus on product advancement will continue to increase, particularly in relation to mobile devices. Michael Brecht’s successor at Doodle will be announced at the appropriate time.
The management of Tamedia would like to thank Michael Brecht for his successful and dedicated leadership and wishes him all the best for the future.
Digital Communication Manager, Tamedia
Doodle is not only a good tool to organise business meetings or a dinner with your friends. It can also be very helpful when scheduling your carnival party! Especially Brazilians appreciate Doodle in this time of the year as Carnival is one of the most, if not the most important festivity in Brazil.
Carnival has also a lot to do with Productivity! First, Carnival is a huge economic factor for Brazil, be it for Brazilians that travel during the Carnival holidays or for foreigners coming to Brazil, especially to Rio de Janeiro, where the biggest Carnival procession happens, in the so called Sambódromo.
So Doodle is used to organise the many hundreds of official events, the thousands of private parties and also for foreigners to book themselves into the happenings in this great South American country.
Another interesting productivity aspect is the flexibility and the capacity of Brazilians to improvise. It seems that before the big Carnival procession starts, that everything is a big big chaos… but few minutes or even seconds before everything starts, the Carnival groups suddenly organise themselves very quickly and the procession looks perfect, as you can see here in this picture:
Happy Celebrating – Your Doodle Team
After overindulging over the Christmas period and enjoying one too many mince-pies, it’s traditional to turn our attention to New Year resolutions. “Get in shape” and “do more exercise” are ubiquitous New Year’s resolutions. Making fitness resolutions is the easy bit. How do you make them stick?
One of the most common excuses for why people break their workout intentions is “didn’t have time” or “too busy to train”. Yet, everyone in the world has the same number of hours in a week – 168.
Time management is super important for accomplishing any goal, and fitness is no exception. The key is finding time in your existing schedule. This is something Doodle can help with. You can use the free app to book in your fitness time around your other commitments, be it a short walk around the block or a high energy exercise class.
If your struggling for motivation, why not get your friends involved and find an exercise buddy? Research shows that exercising with someone helps you stick to your goals. What’s more Doodle can help you organise your workout schedule with your mates – just simply create a poll of the dates and times you can workout, send it to your fitness buddies and let them select which classes they can do. Once everyone has participated in the poll, Doodle works out which classes work best and notifies the organiser.
That’s your fitness timetable sorted! Now you have one less excuse not to stick to those heath and fitness resolutions.
Your Doodle Team
We started redesigning the Doodle Android App in March of this year. Our goal was to develop a truly native app that utilizes all possibilities to increase productivity as well as efficiency. Only by reaching that goal would we be able to meet the high standard that is associated with the Doodle brand.
By working together with partners such as the Google team in London and by utilizing cutting-edge technology and principles, we are always striving to raise the bar in order to improve upon the functionality that’s provided by Doodle as a whole.
But what have we been doing during the past few months, and what’s next? Native applications offer great convenience and allow for more efficiency. In order to make use of that, our app must have all of the functionality that is provided by our website, which our users have become accustomed to over the years. A recent example of accomplishing that ambition is the integration of calendars, enabling you to see your plans at a glance while creating or participating in a poll. Push notifications have also been implemented in our app so you can always stay up to date.
Just recently, Google launched the newest Android version (6.0) called Marshmallow. In light of that, we have put in a lot of work to support its most important features, such as the permission system, from day one. As a result of our efforts, Google decided to feature us on the official list of Top Apps for Android Marshmallow. More details about the new features of the most recent Android update can be found here.
Thanks to the integration of Smart Lock, Doodle now offers an additional login option that is even easier, faster, and more secure than before since email addresses and passwords will now be able to be automatically synchronized across all of your devices. As soon as you install our app, Smart Lock will detect your credentials and offer you this new login. Detailed information on how this feature works can be retrieved from here.
What to expect next:
Nearby ― Invite participants who are in your immediate vicinity to your poll. Imagine a meeting where you want everyone present to be able to participate in a poll. Using Nearby, you can invite everyone with a single tap without needing to get their contact details. Thanks to the Doodle mobile app, everyone can now match their plans with the poll’s suggested options and make decisions much more efficiently.
For a limited time, the two global productivity specialists Doodle and Evernote have a great offer for you: in order to boost your productivity they have teamed up and offer their Premium solutions in a bundle: until the end of this year you can get three months of Evernote Premium free when you sign up for Doodle Premium. This offer is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom until the end of the year. Good stuff.
Doodle is the best way to schedule a meeting. Evernote is the best way to capture your ideas. Bringing the two together seemed like a natural next step in creating an even greater experience. Starting immediately, you can add context whenever you need to your Doodle polls by directly linking in your notes from Evernote.
The two apps were recently mentioned within the Top-7 Apps used by productivity experts in The Productivity Book – recently launched and available for download in the main online bookstores around the world.
We’re really happy to announce the release of The Productivity Book: 30 Professionals Talk About Time Management! This 200-page eBook is authored by Doodle CEO Michael Brecht, and is filled with personal stories and helpful tips from productivity experts that will help readers to be more productive with their time.
30 Professionals helped us with this book and provide us with an exclusive insight into how they structure their day. “Since productivity is at the heart of Doodle, I thought it would be interesting to interview leading productivity experts to find out what their thoughts are on how people can be more productive in all aspects of their lives,” said Michael Brecht.
“The interviewees shared a lot of details about their daily habits and productivity methods, and while each of them views productivity in a unique way, readers of the eBook will definitely be able to identify some clear trends that they can apply.”
The Doodle Productivity Book is now available to download through Amazon and iBooks and selected partners in various parts of this world. Download it today and start learning from some of the smartest minds in productivity!
Your Doodle Team