Officehours

Connects you with amazing people, for one on one advice

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Officehours is a collaboration platform that helps you tap insight, feedback, and advice.

Reviews

  • Pros: 

    Beyond facilitating succinct + productive conversation, I use officehours to track multiple threads and gain focused expertise (push/pull).

    Cons: 

    If there's a "con" it can be found in user expectations. Like any online platform, officehours improves if you engage w/ a result in mind.

    Bottom line: If you believe motive can be a differentiating factor (and should be counted as valuable), then officehours.io is worth your time and effort to explore. The concept is bourne out of a desire to connect knowledge seekers w/ expertise and deeper conteplation – to foster the ever-waning spirit of passing information along w/o seeking compensation (placing a premium on that one commodity we all lack IRL – time) and trusting others will do the same.

    Elias Jones has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    A smart idea, well executed. Easy to use. A wide range of users.

    Cons: 

    None significant.

    I find this a super helpful tool in my work.

    patrick foster has used this product for one year.

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Eric KarjaluotoMaker@karj · I make stuff.
Thanks @jmacias, for hunting us! We soft-launched Officehours a few months back, for some real-world testing. Since then, we’ve worked to improve the experience and make it more stable. I think it’s gone a long way in that time, (even though we still have lots more to do). The biggest surprise we’ve had since launching, is in learning how friendly folks are on Officehours. Even though a call starts with two strangers, these often end with a new connection—perhaps even the start of a friendship. I think this is just the nature of one-on-one conversations. I hope you’ll give Officehours a spin. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, and answering your questions. :-)
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Hari@p_shrihari · Director, BeanTown
@karj The design and the Ui has been mesmerising me and have become a huge fan. I have couple of technical questions and also some questions related to product. Is there any possible way to get responses to them. Any help would be really appreciated.
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Eric KarjaluotoMaker@karj · I make stuff.
@p_shrihari Definitely—I’m happy to answer your questions. Feel free to ask them here, or, we can chat on Officehours, if you prefer: https://officehours.io/people/karj
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Eric KarjaluotoMaker@karj · I make stuff.
BTW: I realize that some are likely curious about how Officehours works, but aren’t quite ready to request a session. So, I added a bunch of sessions for later today. if you’d like to just test it out, you can grab a session with me: https://officehours.io/people/karj. Heck, I can even answer your questions about Officehours (and why we made it) during a session, if you’d like.
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Christo Nel@nelnel00
Very creative idea @jmacias and @shelkie, keep up the good work.
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Eric KarjaluotoMaker@karj · I make stuff.
@nelnel00 Thanks Christo—glad you like it. Have you requested any sessions, yet?
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Brent@brntsllvn · Amateur dog-walker
Excited to give this a shot!
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Eric KarjaluotoMaker@karj · I make stuff.
@brntsllvn Nice—thanks Brent! I think the service is pretty solid, but we do occasionally have call issues, and what-have-you. So, if you run into any problems, please let me know. We’re working hard to fix/improve things as quickly as possible.
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Kevin @ VYPER@mrkevinhype · Digital marketer
Awesome product, but what's the incentive here for the advisor to be on this site? Does he/she get anything for helping or advising?
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Eric KarjaluotoMaker@karj · I make stuff.
@mrkevinhype Thanks—we’re pretty happy with it! The motivations for advisors vary. Here are a few thoughts on this point: Some are already helping others out in their everyday working lives. For them, Officehours provides an easier way to do so. By taking care of the scheduling, time zones, reminders, and the call itself, we save advisors some inconvenience. Plus, the fixed 10 minute time limit makes sessions pretty manageable. Others need a catch-all for requests they get that, which they aren’t sure about. For example, those calls you get from someone who wants to “pick your brain”—which you aren’t really sure you want to take. By sending all of these requests to Officehours, an advisor can deal with them at a time that’s convenient to him/her. If the call turns out to be positive, they can schedule another. If it’s a waste of time, the session is over pretty quickly. Yet others are building their careers and want to market/establish themselves as experts. Soon (within the next couple of weeks) we’ll add categories, which will sort advisors by area of expertise. Shortly thereafter, we’ll add in karma (we already collect data for this). Once these two items are in place, Officehours will become a sort of directory of trusted people in their respective fields. My hunch is that as this gains steam, those near the top of their respective categories will use their ranking to illustrate their influence/skill. (Sort of like someone with 50k followers on Twitter seems notable, someone who’s at the top of Marketing on Officehours will likely find interest from others.) Meanwhile, there’s the networking component of this. Networking is difficult. In an online setting, it’s impersonal, and in the real world, talking about business can seem weird at times. With Officehours, you’re supposed to talk about what you’re facing/working on. So, there’s little discomfort doing so. As a result, an advisor might talk to a young person who he/she is impressed with—and find in that person a prospect for a future hire. Or, he/she might help someone out who later wants to offer the advisor a career opportunity (this might seem implausible, but those in need of help today often move into leadership roles in not so long). Alternately, by helping out someone with a small problem, the advisor might be asked to help on an ongoing (paid) basis—so, consulting work, or ongoing projects. This last part is particularly interesting. Although we ask users to not pitch one another, I think the toughest part of getting new projects, is in not having trust. In 10 minutes, with the right advice, you can start to establish trust. And that can lead to new opportunities. Although you shouldn’t ask for them on Officehours, if you truly help others, they might ask you to join them in what they’re doing. More than anything, though, it just feels good to help others.