WHY ZET UNIVERSE
- organizations that spread across the entire world adapting to the needs of the local economies and cultures;
- simple jobs being taken by computers and robots rendering remaining jobs increasingly more complex, requiring us to learn entirely new things every day;
- network economics changing the entire concept of ownership and rent, collaborative work, and productivity.
All these changes require us to learn and adapt to the new world, and as it was said by the Red Queen in the classic “Alice in the Wonderland” (by Lewis Carrol), to simply stay where you are you should run, and to run you should run twice faster. This is applied to all aspects of our lives, including both personal and professional ones.
For instance, one has not only to get a formal education, but to continue being on top of the chosen field, and for that, tracking of new articles, works, theories, practices is, indeed, the necessary ingredient of success. Even to keep being relevant in the organization one has to be in know of what’s happening inside the organization, and, even more important, to be in the know of the organization’s business, whatever it would be, and its customers. We are no longer simply acquiring knowledge, friends, customers, instead, we create and connect to networks of knowledge, friends, and customers.
There are myriads of different tools that allow us to create, maintain and expand our networks, be that Facebook for personal and business communications, LinkedIn for maintaining professional connections, Quip to keep being connected to our teams and customers, or Dropbox to keep track of changes in team documents.
To get things done in the modern world, we solve problems by creating projects defined by goals and plans, resources, doing the work we can, and involving our networks to get things done that we can’t do alone. And as the number of people and resources increases, our projects naturally span across these networks. We start businesses, and with that we create teams in Dropbox, we use Facebook pages and groups to acquire and communicate with customers, we use the power of our LinkedIn networks to bring new professionals into our teams.
Unfortunately, tools that allow us to use these networks, also being so effective in what they are designed for, fall short when they become mere tools for our projects. These tools rarely work with each other, and as the market is so fragmented, different teams and organizations use different tools aiming at solving the same problems, be that Gmail or Exchange for email, Google Docs or Microsoft Office for documents and collaborative work, Yammer or Jam for corporate social networks, etc. To succeed, we are forced to keep up with all of these systems, no matter of our own personal preferences or choices.
To keep track of our projects we have to manually maintain connections between elements living in these networks in order to keep the fabric of our projects intact. The old way of complex all-in-one project management solutions no longer works in the era of BYOD and BYOS (bring your own services), as people happily use consumer services like Dropbox and Skype, Box and Google Hangouts at work, and transform entire teams into adepts of these services. The modern solution to this problem is provided by three kinds of products: rule-oriented services like IFTTT and Zapier, personal/team-oriented integration systems like Slack, and, finally, complex systems like Palantir Gotham or Quid. Despite all the differences these systems have, they have a common trait that is quickly becoming the relevant answer to the ever increasing complexity of the modern economics: with them, you get a chance to integrate different data sources with each other, semi-automatically organize them by your projects, track changes, and see your projects as you see them.
Each of these systems, however, have their own weaknesses. IFTTT and Zapier require a lot of micro-management and care about maximizing the number of rules you create to automatically integrate data between different systems; these services can’t give you a bigger picture of your work, yet alone help you to manage it. Slack provides you with a linear data representation, requiring you to be always connected to teams’ message threads in order to be in the know; Slack doesn’t give you a bigger picture of your projects as well, and it’s not in its best interest. Finally, systems like Palantir Gotham require a dedicated team of data scientists working together with the so-called forward deployment engineers to install, configure, data mine, and prepare corporate information for further data analysis in their specialized software.
WHAT IS ZET UNIVERSE?
Zet Universe provides you with a place where you can integrate all the data sources (like Dropbox, Gmail, or Exchange), semi-automatically organize them by your projects, and track changes in your projects on the everyday basis.
Unlike services like IFTTT and Zapier, Zet Universe brings the power of augmented intelligence, learning from your daily interaction with project information, and helping you to semi-automatically build visual maps of your project data.
Unlike Slack, Zet Universe doesn’t require you to constantly check the channels inside your organization, allowing you to work in the occasionally-connected scenario.
Unlike Palantir, Zet Universe doesn’t require dedicated data scientists’ teams deployed at your enterprise, instead learning the ontologies of your projects by offering you tools to define visual maps of your projects.
Such time-proven technologies as keyword, entity, and concept extraction, dynamic ontologies, as well as good old rules (used universally as the built-in features of Outlook and Gmail and in the form of the dedicated services like IFTTT and Zapier), coupled with our version of the semantic steering technology will allow you to keep your projects under control.
Our goal is to help each and every person who works on multiple projects that span across different networks to get their projects organized, and keep them under control. With that, we will keep gradually updating our product, making it your personal intelligent assistant, which, unlike popular alternatives, is focused on helping you to become productive in your work, not leisure.
ROADMAP: THE BIG PLAN
We will also start shipping commercial versions of Zet Universe to the respective customers.
This plan was built in collaboration with our Insiders, advisors, and the team, and we want you to understand that this is the living document, that will be updated in order to reflect our updated vision and schedule.