Most of our waking hours are spent working.
And we don't need to suffer through it.
Work should bring fulfillment and meaning to our lives but we often feel overwhelmed, overworked, and overcommitted.
We deserve tools that help create a healthy relationship to work, ensure our time is well-spent, and that we can do good work, day-in and day-out, without burn out.
We built Sunsama to be that tool - to help us work with focus, calm, and harmony.
We don’t accept that. We want work to be a great source of meaning and fulfillment in our lives. This is important to us because work takes up more of our lives than just about anything else.
We think this should be possible for most kinds of work (the exception being work you feel is inherently evil or harmful to the world).
Building the tool we always wanted to help us organize our day
In 2013, we'd just finished our first years of working "real jobs" after meeting in university. We couldn't shake the feeling that there had to be better ways to be thoughtful and intentional with how we spend our time each day, especially at work. The idea of using Google Calendar to accomplish that for the next forty years of our careers was so dreadful that we set out to build something better.
- Ashutosh & Travis (Sunsama's Cofounders)
We failed a lot
In the first four years of working together, we scrapped by on a tiny bit of angel funding. We built, launched, and shut down six different products that we thought might help other people navigate work with more intention. None of those product got significant traction but in the process, we spoke with thousands of people about their work, their work tools, and how they approached their days. Those conversations honed our intuition for how people work and how they aspire to work.
The dawn of Sunsama
Then, in 2018, with just a few months of cash left, we started over. In a few short weeks, we built a prototype of the tool we'd always wanted for ourselves to manage our work days, not what we thought the market wanted. We launched on ProductHunt and heard hundreds of early users tell us they'd been looking for something like this for years.
That time we almost closed down the company
We now had a handful of customers but still only had a few weeks of runway left. We emailed all our early users letting them know we could either shut down the product or we could end free plans and double our prices. To our surprise, people wrote back happy to upgrade and pay the new price. This bought us a few more months where we could cover rent, servers, and some groceries.
Backed by YCombinator
With the extra weeks our early customers helped us secure, we applied and got into YC in late 2018. YC helped us prove out a real business model for a beloved early product and we raised a $2.4M seed round. We now had the resources to go from rough beta product to a daily planner our customers could rely on day in and day out.
Over the next four years we grew consistently, finally hitting profitability in 2022. Untethered from the whims of venture capitalists, we're able to fully focus on just building what matters to our customers instead of arbitrary revenue milestones.