Nearly three decades of digital revolution has made life a lot easier, compromising peace and privacy. Telecommunication devices which have brought comfort to our lives have often become a major cause for distress. Bring in an assistant to deal with it, while you either concentrate on your endeavour or sit back and relax. Your very own devices which bother you, now take shape as your assistant. Gotopal is your free virtual personal assistant that will reside in most of your gadgets.
What is Gotopal meant to do?
Gotopal is an exclusive, round the clock, free of cost virtual personal assistant provided for you to manage your digital life.
It starts with waking you up, understanding your personal calendar, responding to your phone calls, taking appointments from callers and automatically blocking your free slots, prompting reminders over notification / SMS / call, maintaining your shopping list, hunting wishlist deals, answering knowledge questions and even in wishing your friends & family on your behalf. The way everything is carried out by Gotopal deserves it to be termed as a “Personal Assistant”.
So, what makes the difference?
- Your ‘virtual’ assistant has a ‘real’ phone number, that can be shared with acquaintances through your visiting cards, webpages, blogs, etc. Gotopal makes sure that you will never be disturbed during your busy hours and at the same time manages to give a responsible reply to your callers either by taking messages to be delivered to you or by giving appointments at a later time or even connects you immediately incase of genuine needs.
- Sharing phone number to the world will never again pose a disturbance, as Gotopal connects the calls to you only when you are free. You have an assistant when you are doing something important, so that people don’t disturb you.
- Managing your phone round the clock doesn’t matter whether you are on vacation, on travel or sick.
- Your Assistant will enable you to make outgoing calls to international destinations for cheaper prices. This makes it one of the cheapest international calling option for you. It will actually save you money.
- You will never pay a penny for text messages anymore. Your Assistant will now handle your text messages for free. You can text your loved ones through the app for free. Even if your friend is not a Gotopal user, Gotopal will deliver your messages to their phone inbox for free.
- You can get reminded of your tasks & appointments, over a phone call, in a way you will never miss them.
- Your assistant will get & deliver your wishes to your friends & family. In this way, you make it special for them and you will never feel guilty for missing to wish someone on their important days.
- You can just add your requirements to your shopping list and wish list, and you have an assistant who hunts for the best deals for your requirements.
Why Gotopal reached Indiegogo?
We completed the backend, phone integration, iPhone app, Andorid app with our own investment, and scaling up requires a considerable investment on servers, VOIP trunk, etc... and hence we request you to support us to deliver our dream product to you and millions of users.
To be very specific, we need some cash for the work below:
- Hire cloud instances to host the backend.
- Subscribe to a VOIP Exchange to make and attend calls.
- Integrate the compute cloud backend and PBX.
- Host a unique phone number for every premium user.
- Make it available to people with any sort of device involves a huge team of engineers for research and development.
What will we do with extra funding?
We will utilize the extra funding to refine & improve user experience and keep adding more sophisticated features.
Extra funding will also help us to hire developers to target extra platforms like Windows Phone, Blackberry, Windows 8, Samsung Smart Hub, Apple TV, Facebook app platform, etc.
We would be grateful if you could help us spread the word to the world.
Is Gotopal completely free?
Gotopal has freemium and premium account.
* your data plan and call plan charges apply
Premium account services are currently available only in United States, Canada, Austria, United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and India. We are working to extend the premium account services to more countries in future.
Is it obligatory to buy the Gotopal phone minutes?
No. You can opt for buying it when you want your assistant to
- Manage phone calls for you
- Wake you up by landline call incase your mobile phone dies which may lead to missing your alarm
- Wish friends & family over phone on your behalf during special occasions
What are the applicable countries for International Calling?
Australia, NZ, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, USA, Canada, Mexico, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy. * We are working to extend the services to more countries.
Why is it preferable to connect my home phone to Gotopal even if I have Gotopal on my mobile phone?
Primarily for the given two situations as below:
Never miss anything crucial, due to theft / OS crash / drained battery. You can reach your assistant via a landline phone!
When will Gotopal come to Market?
Where are we now?
The protype is complete and it's awesome. Presently we are developing & scaling up the product.
Present until Feb 2013 - Development & Testing
March & April 2013 - Beta Testing
May 2013 - Release to Market
Who am I and how am I doing this?
I was with Microsoft for the past 7 years. I left my job to work on this initiative full time. A cool hobby project every year has been my practice since my grad school (visit my facebook page http://facebook.com/ramaprasanna to check out my successful projects and the recognition I received).
You can check out my project videos below:
BuddyHome - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncwTJ7A59dw
Google Motion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cors0076A7A
Skeleton Dance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdp7-mmNX-Q
Winfotain - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktdXwtZYDy
Gotopal Inc. is a small enterprise that I founded to give the best virtual assistant experience to the world. At present it involves a team of 6 developers and 2 Interns.
Special thanks to Indiegogo for giving us the platform to boot our dream “Making lives better and easier”...
Risks and Challenges
Honestly, there were and still are a plenty of challenges. Building such a product across wide variety of platforms was a huge learning curve. Getting the like minded people together to build the ecosystem of modules to make it into one big product was the next big challenge. Crossing all those hurdles, we now have a fully functional prototype ready.
At present, integrating compute cloud backend and PBX involves considerable cost given the scale. We are working on it. However, this is not a show stopper.
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