If you want to live like a rock star — or — if you want to get more done and experience a more excellent life, you need people. You know, people; as in, “Have your people call my people.” It’s simple math really: you have a limited amount of time each day so the only way to get more out of each day is to offload or delegate certain tasks. And thanks to technology, you don’t have to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a famous actor or athlete to have your own staff. Several tech startups are providing virtual staff or staff-like services so that you can now have your own “people.”
Are you ready to have your own butler, concierge and personal assistant? I’ve been using some of the services listed below and I’m blown away at how much easier they have made my life in recent weeks. And it’s not just that I don’t have to get bogged-down with the details of planning, researching, hiring, fetching, buying, curating, booking, etc., although that is absolutely delightful. The real reason I’m excited about these types of products is that they let me do more and be more. I have more time, I look more professional, I can have more fulfilling experiences and the list goes on. I can’t wait for your to discover these services for yourself. Once you give them a try, come back here and leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Alfred, as you might be able to tell solely from the name, is meant to act as your personal butler. From buying groceries and stocking your fridge to dry cleaning to house cleaning to picking up your packages to… just about anything else you need, Alfred is your one stop shop.
x.ai is your scheduling assistant. I’ve been using it quite happily to schedule recent meetings and I’m blown away. Just include firstname.lastname@example.org in the cc field of your emails and “she” will take care of the scheduling for you including sending out invites and placing the event on your calendar.
With Magic there’s no app to download. Just text the Magic number to get whatever you want on-demand with no hassle. Want a pizza delivered without having to call? Want to book a flight? Just text and be done.
Pana is an on-demand travel-focused startup that will help you plan and book your next trip. With Pana you’ll get the white glove treatment along with the best travel-perks, rewards and experiences.
If you want the best dining experience possible, you should be using Reserve. Reserve helps you find the best restaurants, makes reservations and even takes care of paying the bill (or splitting it between friends).
If you need to get some serious research done (and a simple web search just won’t cut it) you can turn to Wonder. Wonder will give you detailed answers and resources delivered to your inbox by a network of trusted researchers.
Cloe aims to be a better, textable version of Siri. When Siri won’t suffice (you know, when you can’t stand getting the wrong answer AGAIN or viewing another useless list), just text Cloe.
Concierge is your professional networking concierge. It puts your networking on autopilot (but it’s invite-only, accepting only about 28% of applicants).
Operator is a great way to buy anything. Operator connects you to experts to help you buy anything from flowers to electronics to tickets to furniture or anything else you can think of.
Angee is like your home’s personal security guard. This gadget will monitor your home and will also let you have a two-way video conversation.