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Cron × Notion

By Raphael Schaad

Cron and Notion side by side

With Cron, we’ve set out to build the next-generation calendar for professionals and teams. In doing so, it has been fantastic to shape the product with our growing number of users and to receive so much love for Cron Calendar from around the globe. To take this even further, I couldn’t be happier to announce that Cron has been acquired by Notion.

When Notion’s co-founder Ivan and I first met earlier this year, we immediately appreciated one another’s craft and ideas for the workplace of the future. Notion is where people manage their information, and Cron is where people manage their time. In Notion’s announcement and Business Insider’s story, we discuss how we’re building a shared vision for the products.

For Cron’s users, it’s important to know that our calendar will continue as a separate app. Nothing changes for existing users, and new users can continue to request early access as we move towards general availability. We’ll work with Notion to bring the two products closer together to unlock powerful workflows. The two apps side by side is already a common sight among our users.

Thank you to our incredible community of users and everyone who has helped build Cron and reach this milestone.

We’re excited to join Notion today and continue to move the world closer to a place where everyone makes the most of their time.

Productivity App of the Year

By Raphael Schaad

Cron Calendar

Cron has been voted Productivity App of the Year!

Watch Cron receive the Golden Kitty at Product Hunt’s annual award show, celebrating the best products and makers. Winners get etched into history, like Figma and Robinhood in the past. Every year, thousands of great products launch, and we’re excited to receive this trophy just two months after announcing Cron.

Time is invaluable, and calendar software is essential to how we interact with our time. Cron’s a best-in-class product and quickly became the daily driver for many. The potential is unbounded, we’re improving Cron every week, and can’t wait to show you what’s next around team collaboration and app integrations.

Since announcing Cron, we have expanded from macOS to Windows, shipped significant updates to both platforms, and worked closely with our incredible community of users. As the world is opening up, our launch of the Cron mobile app is imminent. So if you live by your calendar and use Google Workspace, request early access at cron.com to join.

Thank you on behalf of the entire team. We’re still at the very beginning of building an iconic product and company, check out cron.jobs for our open roles.

2022 started with a bang — it’s going to be an exciting year.

Announcing Cron

By Raphael Schaad

Cron calendar

I’m excited to announce Cron and early access to our product: the next-generation calendar for professionals and teams.

Time is one of the most valuable things we have in our lives. For most of us, calendars are how we interact with our time. Yet, traditional calendaring software wasn’t designed to go beyond displaying a few meetings. By now, we’re using all kinds of workarounds, extensions, and additional services to get closer to what feels like a modern calendaring experience — to schedule meetings, plan tasks, take notes, block time, and track activities.

I’ve personally felt how transformational a better experience can be. A friend and I hacked a calendar extension together to be more productive and intentional with our time. While small, it resonated beyond our expectations with many other people that were also underserved by their time tools.

To move the world closer to a place where everyone makes the most of their time, we’re setting out to create the digital time layer with Cron. Billions of people use a calendar every day, and we’re determined to innovate at the core of this experience. The principles we build Cron on are:

  • Design: Superior UX is critical for such a personal tool we use all day, every day. The reimagined calendar interface puts people in control of their time.
  • Collaboration: A meeting so often is the starting point for achieving ambitious goals. Workflows before, during, and after meetings become streamlined and bring people together.
  • Integrations: Time provides the connecting layer for other best-in-class productivity tools.

With a strong foundation, we’re now layering powerful workflows on top of it. We’ve been iterating with early users daily and shipping features weekly. Visit cron.com/changelog to follow our progress.

Starting today, we’re expanding access to Cron. If you live by your calendar, are on a Mac, and use Google Workspace, Cron is for you. People at companies like Notion, GitHub, and Shopify already use Cron as their default calendar. Request early access at cron.com.

We have partnered with some of the most brilliant minds in tech to bring Cron to life. After completing Y Combinator in winter 2020, we’ve raised a $3.5M Seed round led by Garry Tan at Initialized Capital, with participation from Elad Gil (investor and advisor to companies like Airtable, Brex, GitLab), Jeff Weiner (former CEO of LinkedIn), Dylan Field (Co-founder CEO of Figma), Jeremy Le Van (Co-founder of Sunrise Calendar), and many more. Read TechCrunch’s initial story on how Cron is bringing the Sunrise vibe back.

Thank you to everyone who has helped reach this milestone. We’re at the very beginning of building an iconic product and company. If this sounds exciting, we’re hiring! Check out cron.jobs for our open roles.

Let’s reimagine the calendar for the modern age. It’s about time.