Posts on Dec 2016

Canvy goes to Slush!

On 30 November and 1 December 2016, the (European) start-up community decamped to frozen Finland (no pun intended) to attend Slush, one of Europe’s most spectacular start-up events. Slush, which went from small-scale gathering to massive extravaganza in just five years, completely took over Messukeskus (the biggest convention space in Finland), where it brought together an eclectic, diverse audience made up of entrepreneurs, investors, journalists, students and scientists – not to mention a huge army of volunteers.

One key take-away from Slush2016 is that the future belongs to products that support and facilitate authentic human communication. Just like Canvy! The Canvy team that attended Slush (made up of Horia, Marius and myself) experienced the event in many different ways and at a number of different levels – which in itself says a lot about Slush’s versatility and value for attendees. We all agree on the fact that Slush2016 was an overall impressive event, both in terms of concept and contents-wise. It blended Finland’s penchant for dark rock glamour and theatrical performances with a rather pragmatic approach to connecting its main categories of attendees and facilitating the transfer of knowledge and vision from its speakers to its (very diverse) audience.

The organizers did an impressive job of covering many of today’s hottest subject matters, no matter how diverse they may seem at first glance. The talks ranged from no-nonsense heart-to-hearts (dubbed fireside chats) with leading industry players such as investor extraordinaire Chris Sacca (of Twitter, Uber and Instagram fame) to talks on creating abundant mind-sets (Moonshot Thinking with Steve Jurvetson and Naveen Jain) or else on block chain and the decentralized future of the world’s financial ecosystem (the presentation was delivered by Thomas Conté, Jutta Steiner, Paul Puey and Elizabeth Stark).

What impressed us the most?
Horia: If you get people talking, everything else will come. That’s about the long and the short of it. My main take-away comes from this idea (not sure it can be called a trend because it’s not exactly a new thing) that technology must serve a higher purpose and it must do its part to help people connect in a genuine way, at a genuine level. Technology for technology’s sake is a dangerous concept – it should be understood and made to work FOR people, in order to bring them together and help solve real needs.

Monica: What can I say – Slush2016 had big-name speakers, a cool pitching competition, massive attendance and an energetic, impressive opening ceremony energy that set the tone for the rest of the event. I enjoyed the ease of interaction with the rest of the participants and the sheer volume of new ideas to which I was exposed.

Slush 2016

Slush 2016

Why Canvy?

Canvy offers an intuitive means to communicate by providing users with a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts via the best available channel. It aggregates information on which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a user at a given time.

Discover the intuitive & colourful way to connect with your contacts. Stay mindful of everyone’s time and privacy. This post aims to provide a brief overview of the main benefits that come with using the Canvy app and diving into the colourful Canvy universe.

(1) Canvy’s adaptive screens boost productivity and ease of communication

Your native address book normally shows a list of all contacts. No order, no sorting algorithm. Canvy was designed as a tool which can predict its users’ moves and desires, in many ways like a personal assistant which knows us based on our own communication behaviour. Canvy thus changes the way contacts are displayed by offering users the possibility to choose from different screen displays based on their needs and communication context.

Three view modes are available – recently used contacts, interaction degree and adaptive.
Recently used – contacts are arranged based on the most recent communication with them. The list is chronologically sorted.
Interaction degree – is a view mode in which the contacts are listed based on the most interaction with them. So, more you interact with a contact, its position will rise inside “Home Screen”.
Adaptive – is a mix between “Recently used” and “Interaction degree”. Upper in the screen are displayed contacts with which the user communicated more combined with recently used contacts.

(2) All your preferred communication tools are one tap away

Canvy provides users with a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts via the best available channel. It aggregates information on which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a user at a given time. It could be that during a meeting, a user is best likely reached via text message – or via a third-party messenger app such as Facebook, WhattsApp or Google Hangouts. Canvy brings all this information to your fingertips, enabling you to redefine personal communication and ensure that you communicate on your own terms.

(3) Privacy for real

Control which information goes public and which details are kept private. All data in Canvy is private and well-secured. We do not keep any information on our servers – data is stored locally on your device. We put users in control – they are aware at all times of what information is shared and with whom.

A quick video intro to Canvy

Canvy aims to provide its users with an intuitive and effective means to communicate by giving them a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts using the best available communication channel. It does this by aggregating information about which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a given user at a given time.

Canvy | Your communication canvas We put our best efforts into making your Canvy experience as streamlined as possible. To make it easier for our users to understand what our app is all about, we have started putting together a series of brief introductory videos, all aiming to highlight Canvy’s main feature set. We have also started assembling an FAQ section, where we’re constantly adding new topics as feedback from our users reaches us. Have a look at the video above and check out our FAQ for more in-depth information, tips and tricks for getting the most of your Canvy experience.

Hello world!

Canvy’s ambition is to create the world’s most intuitive, effective and user-friendly mobile communication tool.

Canvy manages a user’s communication quickly and effectively.

How so? Well, in a nutshell, Canvy offers an intuitive means to communicate by providing users with a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts via the best available channel. It aggregates information on which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a user at a given time.

It could be that during a meeting, that user is best likely reached via text message – or via a third-party messenger app such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Google Hangouts. Or else he may be driving, in which case a call would be the safest way to reach them. Canvy brings all this information to your fingertips, enabling you to redefine personal communication and make sure you communicate on your own terms.