I was alerted to this little app by a couple of people I met in the pub before Christmas. They mentioned that that they used an app that, "does all your homework for you before meetings." The dream. I thought this a bit too good to be true, so I downloaded the free app and connected it up with my Gmail / Google calendar account.
The premise is simple, this tool does the research for you, so you can spend your time elsewhere, sort of like a digital-PA. It does what it says on the tin: a one page resumé of the person involved with some more information on their organisation.
Of course, this was all a bit too good to be true. It is a great way to start off your research for a big meeting but it just about gives you the bare bones of that person & their organisation. Moreover, the information is nowhere near detailed enough - a quick look at their LinkedIn will probably be of more benefit.
Equally, when linked up to my Google calendar, Charlieapp then fills in the description of the calendar with links to the research on the person I am meeting. So, if you have several people invited to one calendar event, it looks a bit creepy to have pre-made research on them all, all one click away - I would recommend disabling this feature to avoid any awkward conversations.
Much like Duolingo & their development of chatbots, the premise here is great but the execution in 2017 is not quite up to scratch. However, this represents a nice step in the right direction. What we should see within the next few years are programmes which learn how you like to do research for meetings - what are the keys facts you need; the interesting people to namedrop; the events they have organised in the last 6 months; the quality of your mutual connections etc.
That will be quite something.
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