Skej’s AI Makes Scheduling Meetings

AI may not be ready to replace Google Search, but it can be highly effective in specific contexts, such as managing routine tasks like scheduling meetings. This is the premise behind the new startup, Skej, which offers an AI assistant that integrates into your emails to find the best meeting times for everyone involved.

Unlike other scheduling tools like Calendly, Skej doesn’t require you to check someone’s availability manually. Instead, if someone sends you a Calendly link, Skej scans the link for mutual availability and automatically schedules the meeting on your calendars.

“I’ve never met anyone in my life who loves scheduling meetings,” says Skej Co-Founder and CEO Paul Canetti.

The New York-based serial entrepreneur, known for founding and selling the no-code app development platform MAZ Systems, also created another startup called Bounce House. This service enabled users to pay for booking time with professionals such as yoga or piano teachers. Bounce House was later sold to Declare Health and rebranded as Clickeasy.com, but unfortunately, due to unforeseen market changes, it was decided to shut down the service. This experience, however, has been a valuable learning curve for the team, and they are applying these lessons to the development and growth of Skej.

Skej team
Skej Team: CTO Anindya Mondal, CEO Paul Canetti, COO Justin Canetti

The exact founding team from these previous ventures returned to work on Skej, demonstrating their unwavering dedication to the project. This includes Canetti, his brother Justin, CTO Anindya Mondal, and a fourth co-founder, Simon Baumer, who sadly passed away from cancer three months after founding Skej last August. The team has a tribute page to Simon on Skej’s website, crediting him with creating “the core of the product today.”

Paul explains that while Calendly is useful and has built an “incredible business,” he didn’t like publicizing all his available time slots. He only felt truly satisfied with scheduling when he had a human assistant like an EA who could understand the context of meetings and rearrange the calendar for important appointments, even if he was marked as busy. This inspired the idea of creating an AI assistant that could replicate this capability.

Skej AI Scheduling Assistant
Image Credits: Skej

To use Skej, you don’t need to download an app or visit a website—just add its email address to your conversation. Soon, Skej will also provide a phone number for text chats. The service is compatible with any email platform, such as Gmail and Outlook, and integrates with programs like Zoom and Google Calendar, with Outlook Calendar support coming in the next few weeks.

Using Skej is simple. Just add its email to your conversation and request that it find meeting times. For instance, when TechCrunch scheduled an interview with Paul, he replied, “Skej, can you offer some times that might work this week?” The AI assistant then emailed back with options and a link to connect my calendar. After I replied with my preference, Skej confirmed the meeting and added it to my calendar.

The system functions because the Skej user—in this case, Paul—has granted it access to his calendar. Skej was merely sending the calendar invite on his behalf.

If I had clicked the included link, Skej could have automatically booked the meeting without any back-and-forth. This feature is especially useful for internal teams where multiple people need to find a common time slot.

Behind the scenes, Skej leverages various LLM models to interpret the language in emails and convert it into data processed by Skej’s proprietary system.

Skej Message

Paul said, “We call it internally, the brain…and the Skej brain is like a scheduling engine, almost like a marketplace for matching times, so you can have different people in there, in different time zones, with different considerations and different conflicts and different preferences,” he continues. “And it’s trying to negotiate to find a match. Then…it spits the match or suggested times or the data back out, and an LLM helps craft a message that sounds natural when it’s going back,” 

Skej also allows users to categorize different contacts and associate them with specific calendars, such as work or personal calendars. In the future, Paul envisions Skej will enable this categorization through natural language. Currently, users can only utilize a traditional dashboard to configure their preferences and integrations.

Skej messages

However, Skej is still not planning to build an app. 

Paul says, “It’s funny, it’s a question we get from VCs a lot, too…it’s like, ‘well, eventually you’re gonna have an app, right?’,”. But Skej, he says, is meant to be “totally agnostic to the tools that you already use and like, and it can adapt to whatever workflow you’ve already got going on,” he explains.

He also added, “It’s not forcing you into a particular app or a particular thing,”

Skej’s pre-seed investors include Betaworks, Mozilla Ventures, Stem AI, Spice Capital, Deftly.vc, and Differential Ventures. Paul mentions that the funding round fell just short of a million dollars. Skej’s team comprises the three co-founders and two additional full-time engineers working remotely. 

Currently in public beta, the service has garnered over 1,000 users. While Skej remains free during this feedback collection phase, the team plans to introduce a paid tier in the future.