Meetings are essential to help teams, especially remote or hybrid ones, stay in touch. But too many meetings can be unproductive, as the information and action items shared get buried beneath everything else that workers have to do. Productivity platform Lupine wants to help by integrating with work apps and gathering information from multiple meetings, making it easy to find and share. The Washington state-based startup announced that it is exiting stealth mode today, after eight months during which it worked with 450 companies in the United States.
The startup, backed by Venture Highway and angel investors, was founded in April 2021 by college friends Anurag Verma, Partha Pareek and Mehul Doody. Prior to Lupine, Verma was Product Lead at Venture Highway at Upgrade, Pareek was Product Lead at Samsung and Doody worked as Engineering Manager at Freshworks.
The startup came because the trio felt their meeting hours had increased at the start of the pandemic, but felt the meetings were less productive. He had trouble keeping on top of what decisions were made and what needed to be done in various meetings and action items.
During a call, Varma said, during a call, the founders went down on how to “rabbit our work into the number of apps we use at home and work to discuss unproductive meetings.” “This eventually led us to think about what if we had a super-app that could pull information from all the apps and provide the context we needed at the right time—stuff to discuss in meetings, pending Tasks require action, or follow-up with other team members. This will largely reduce cognitive overload and free up our bandwidth on low leverage tasks.”
Verma said that on an average, an organization uses over 250 apps, with each team using around 40 to 60, leading to information fragmentation. For example, the lifecycle of a meeting typically begins with a calendar invitation that may contain an agenda from another app. During meetings, team members use various note-taking apps to write down takeaways and next steps, then share them over email and Slack and create tasks in project management apps. This means that before the next meeting, each person has to refer to several apps to prepare and check the status of various tasks.
“In short, the knowledge you’ve created is disconnected from the meeting,” Verma said. “Which leads to loss of context and unproductive, repetitive discussions.”
To fix these issues, Lupine integrates with Slack, Zoom, GMeet, Gmail, Notion, Asana, Trello, Jira, and other work apps. Its features include a meeting management component that records and shares meeting results with attendees.
Notes are organized by meetings and past discussions are revisited in future meetings, ensuring that important work is not lost. Meanwhile, Lupine’s Tasks feature helps each person track their work items by adding tasks to their calendar. If workers are wondering how they spend their time, they can look to Lupine’s calendar analysis. This means that all participants are up-to-date before the next meeting, saving the entire team time.
As an example of what lupine can do, Verma gave some case studies. For example, a design agency uses Lupine to track customer calls and share next steps internally at the end of each meeting. The platform tags tasks for meetings, so designers have easy access to their context without each needing it.
A mentor for the Startup Accelerator uses Lupine to document coaching sessions, which are mostly ad-hoc, so Lupine helps link back past calls and bring up past conversations and action items. Meanwhile, an e-commerce company’s marketing team uses Lupine to perform asynchronous updates, which means they can eliminate their status update meetings.
Verma said Lupine’s target customers are founders, senior executives and managers in cross-functional roles, who spend a lot of time in meetings, as well as knowledge workers in general. The startup is currently pre-revenue. Its early beta users will be free for the next six months, then Lupine will work on a freemium model starting in the second quarter of 2023. Lupine’s team is currently working on the API so that its users can build their own integrations.