As Troy Davis continued to build out his hosted log management business PaperTrail, he began to go a little crazy. With so many jobs to accomplish and so little time, important tasks were sometimes left to the wayside and days were not being maximized.
And that’s exactly why he and a friend decided to create a productivity aid called Taco. Here’s the kicker: Taco isn’t a productivity task list — instead, it brings items which exist on other task and ticketing services like Basecamp todos, Google tasks and Zendesk tickets all to one place.
“I’m all done with opening five browser tabs just to figure out what I should do next, and I’m very done with missing something important,” Davis said. “Taco helps me stay ‘in the zone.’”
Taco, which just completed a successful Kickstarter round, is designed to help people who wear lots of hats or work on multiple teams — startuppers and consultants, for example. It brings all of your tasks onto one screen, as seen above.
Even the creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson, took notice:
Nice kickstarter for a unified todolist that brings content together from Basecamp, Github, Google, and others: http://t.co/To88EwsXh6
— DHH (@dhh) June 19, 2013
Taco’s backers include founders from companies like Slicehost, Simple.com and PeepCode. Davis built the service with Jordan Isip after meeting him at a coffee shop, and the duo kept up a blog detailing their Kickstarter journey.
Davis has an interesting background himself. He started a phone automation service called Cloudvox, which was acquired by Ifbyphone in 2010, and then built PaperTrail with co-founder Eric Lindvall. He’s been using AirBnB since June of 2012, living in places like Seoul, San Francisco, Bangkok, New Orleans and four other cities. Now, Davis works out of The HUB in Pioneer Square.