Motion wants to automate task planning using AI
By Editor - Mon Sep 19, 9:32 am
Motion , a startup automating task planning with AI, today announced that it raised $13 million in a Series A round led by SignalFire, with participation from 468 Capital and notable angels, including OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman. Motion CEO Harry Qi says that the new cash will be put toward product development and engineering as well as overall hiring. Qi, who co-launched Motion in 2019 alongside Omid Rooholfada and Ethan Yu, estimates that knowledge workers spend 58% of their day on average coordinating work instead of actually accomplishing it. He believes that, if this constant coordination can be minimized, four-hour workdays would become just as productive as the standard eight-hour. “Omid and I were high school friends, and Ethan and I were college friends,” Qi told TechCrunch via email. “We went through Y Combinator’s Winter 2020 Batch with a different time management solution and pivoted to what Motion is today.” Image Credits: Motion Motion as it exists today plans which members of a team should do what based on their respective projects and calendars. For each project or task, a user can tell Motion how long it will take, its priority, the deadline and potential blockers, in addition to tasks that need to be done before a particular meeting, available working hours, and which meetings are optional.