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We were hunted on ProductHunt¬†recently and the response was fantastic. Aside from having Gong v1.0 finally in peoples’ hands, we received a great amount of support and feedback to improve.

It seems like everyone really appreciates that Gong helps manage events, friends and the communications in-between all in one attractive app.

We’re looking to refine and expand our core features to help our users think less about managing events, dates and availabilities, and more about¬†what’s on next.

If you have any ideas, feedback or bugs to report on Gong, please email me. I’d love to hear from you!

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Launching Gong !

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Gong has finally arrived !¬†ūüéČūüéČ
It’s time to stop using multiple messaging and calendar apps to organize your life.

You can synchronize your calendars, create events, invite your friends to join, and Gong will find the best time for everyone to attend.

Chatting in Gong means you can discuss the event with everyone involved in one place. If plans change, everyone will now get notified.

It’s free, it’s beautiful, customisable, and you’ll use it everyday.

Download Gong today on the App Store !

Why Gong ?

The idea.

Back in end of 2015, I was in a cool restaurant at rue Montorgueil in Paris for lunch with an investor. He just told me « got a few thoughts¬†to discuss, maybe some interesting topics… ». Which¬†was kind of ironic, usually it’s entrepreneur presenting ideas to investors¬†not the opposite.

We started around the subject about family time management and the main organisation issues of managing the family activities on a daily basis. For example, his son should be at his Judo course at 6pm after his last meeting at 4pm & his daughter has swimming lessons at 5.
Could we organise some common events with his friends & family in order to organise carpooling for example or just gather all these events in a central view somewhere ?

Back at the office I presented the problem to my business partner Jeff and we started to develop the concept.
After a few days thinking about it, we identified existing¬†services¬†within the¬†family¬†management¬†sector, such¬†as Shuddle (RIP.) in SF, and started a review of the market’s initial needs.
Family activity management is the « de facto » big issue to solve. However we weren’t convinced about the long-term usage of this kind of product, as it is a niche user market. 2nd point, we’re not parents yet.

WhatsApp & Messenger are hell.

Some weeks later, I was organising an aperitif with 3 friends and as usual, it was a huge mess. We started to speak on WhatsApp about where & when in our « bros channel », which¬†drifted quickly to jokes & GIFs every 3 lines. In less than 10 min the conversation was off topic.

On the day of the event we returned to the original subject (the aperitif !), and some of us had completely forgotten the thing, others had forgotten where¬†it was happening, & one of us wasn’t¬†using¬†WhatsApp anymore but was continuing the conversation¬†in¬†Facebook Messenger, demonstrating the massive possibility of conversation fracture across multiple apps & services !

Another example is where we stated a « holiday plan meeting » for¬†a Sunday evening. Some missed the event organised on Messenger and had to join us quickly using Uber¬†($$) to come book their plane tickets with us.

WhatsApp & Messenger aren't so good in event management
WhatsApp & Messenger aren’t designed for event management

We came back the day after to the office with a need. An app that could help us manage app-less daily life events that are too small to go in Facebook Events & aren’t easy to manage through a classic iCal / Google Calendar.

That was also the same solution to my investor issue, as he could use such a tool to plan all his activities with his friends & family without having to call everybody or pollute his professional agenda.

The main idea behind Gong was now on the paper.

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Gong isn’t a calendar, Gong isn’t a messenger. We’re both.

Gong will be soon ready on iOS, register now on our website to be informed when we’ll release it !