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Team Huddle Inc. — which uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and data to put employees’ mental health “at the center” of their work — is up and running with the launch of its first product, ScheduleIQ.

The Venice-based startup’s scheduling platform is compatible with Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook on desktop and mobile. Its features include a ScheduleScore technology, which keeps track of work-life balance, and a burnout meter. It also compares users’ schedules to their coworkers’ and finds optimal times for meetings with colleagues.

 
In the seven weeks since its July launch, the platform has gained “thousands” of users, according to co-founder and Chief Executive Rob Smith. Smith declined to release exact user numbers but said the platform is garnering more than 100 new user signups a day.

 
Rather than targeting companies as clients for the software, which is free to use, Smith is focused on getting individual employees to join the platform. He’s also not marketing the product to a particular industry or sector. “Meetings are broken everywhere,” said Smith.

 
Most companies, he said, are hosting meetings that are poorly timed and not properly planned. “That causes burnout,” he added. 
Team Huddle is currently venture-backed, but it plans to start selling its products next year.The company launched in November 2019 after netting $1.25 million in pre-seed funding from M13 Ventures Management, a Santa Monica-based venture capital firm focused on tech investing.
 
“Team Huddle is tackling a universal meeting problem, which is agnostic of industry, company stage and size,” Karl Alomar, managing partner at M13, said in a statement. “It isn’t typical that we invest this early in a startup, but we see their platform is rife with potential to solve a persistent problem.” 
In the coming months, Smith said, Team Huddle plans to open its seed funding round, aiming to raise between $3 million and $5 million. 

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