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Handle Launches Context-Aware Productivity Tool to Help Us Get a Hold on Our Lives 

Founded and backed by Silicon Valley luminaries, Handle aims to reboot productivity and work/life balance  


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., - Jan. 22, 2015 – Handle, the software and services company making personal and 

business productivity tools to give people a handle on everything that matters, when it matters, launched today 

with the availability of its free Handle iOS app in the Apple AppStore. Handle mobile and web apps replace 

chaos with calm by transforming the way people access, respond to, plan and act on their time-sensitive 

obligations.  Handle dramatically increases productivity around work and life styles by being the first company 

to bring together to-dos, email and calendar activities into a single, smart and trusted place on a mobile device.

“Handle will help people make the most important decision in life: what should I do next,” said Shawn Carolan, 

founder and CEO of Handle. “Focusing on what matters will help people balance their lives while also creating 

economic value. The answer is not to replace email, but to enhance it with the data we all need to manage 

action: reminder times, projects, locations, and due dates. That is what we are launching today.”

Handle transforms unproductive email-centric environments that people struggle through for an average of 13 

hours per week into a rapid decision support tool enabling work-flow and life-flow in a coherent, seamless and 

uncluttered environment.

“Email is a victim of its own success,” said Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus and an investor in Handle. “Handle is 

rescuing it. These guys are building what I've been envisioning for 25 years. The most exciting personal 

productivity tool I've seen in forever.” According to the McKinsey Global Institute report, the average worker 

gets 147 messages per day and deletes 71, or 48 percent. People spend 13 hours or 28 percent of their 

workweek reading, deleting, sorting and sending emails.

The Handle productivity system comprises patent-pending extensible and semantic metadata models; machine 

learning and context aware algorithms. Combined, Handle’s technology extends and integrates existing email-

centric applications into singular and productive, personal and team environments that are context aware, 

cognizant and collaborative.

Handle has received $9.9m in venture funding from investors that include Menlo Ventures, Mitch Kapor, Chip 

Heath, David Fischer, Eric Ries and Silicon Valley Bank.


About Handle

Founded in 2011 by Shawn Carolan and incubated at Menlo Ventures, Handle is a mobile software and cloud 

services company developing the most advanced, context-aware, and collaborative personal and business 

productivity tools to give people a “handle” on everything that matters, when it matters.  Handle has cracked 

the code of personal productivity systems to solve a massive and, so far, unmet need.  The company is creating 

a productivity category for which literally a billion people have been waiting.