Tropic

Remote team timezones in a simple UI

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#5 Product of the DayFebruary 28, 2019
Tropic is a simple and free tool that lets you see where your remote coworkers are in their working day (and everyone can set their own unique working hours).
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Jon Yongfook
Jon YongfookMaker@yongfook · Indie maker
🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 Hi there product hunters! I believe remote teams are the future of work. But the benefits of this new way of working currently come along with various logistical and cultural challenges. For the last 3 years I worked in a company with teams spread across multiple global locations from Canada to the UK to Singapore. Simple things like finding time slots where participants could join a conference call were maddeningly frustrating. Cultural faux pas were frequent, due to differences in local language quirks or emotionally-contextless emails. The list of obstacles goes on and on. I believe there's scope for new types of tools to help remote teams work together better. Real-time communication has been largely solved by Slack, but that only works when your coworkers are awake at the same time as you :) In this 30-day MVP, I kept the scope quite narrow. Tropic is a simple and free tool that lets you see where your remote coworkers are in their working day (and everyone can set their own unique working hours). There's more on the way, this is just a first baby step! If you're currently working in a remote team, I'd love to hear about some of the logistical / cultural challenges you face - tweet at @yongfook 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴
Stefan Kracht
Stefan Kracht@stefan_kracht · Amateur human and passionate runner
@yongfook Nice job. So cool to see how polished your products are after a 30 day sprint.
Jon Yongfook
Jon YongfookMaker@yongfook · Indie maker
@stefan_kracht thanks! Although, like most of my projects so far, the first 15 days were spent going in circles and then the last 15 days is when it all came together :)
Arun Augustine
Arun Augustine@arunaugustine · Building MFY.im
@yongfook Nice tool! Been looking for something like this even just for chatting with friends in other timezones. Would love this to be a Mac Menu bar app for easier access
Okii Eli
Okii Eli@nextstevejob · Founded contentiskey.co
@yongfook congratulations!!
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community + Social at Product Hunt
@yongfook You're killing it Jon! Love this 🔥 Once you're done with building 12 apps, are you gonna be probably focusing on one of those and growing that full time? Or do you have other things in mind?
Marcel van Remmerden
Marcel van Remmerden@mvremmerden · UX Researcher & Designer
Looks very interesting, but another tool just came to mind when I looked at Tropic: https://timezone.io Could ou maybe give us some insight into how your product differs or what kind of functionality/ideas you are thinking about implementing?
Jon Yongfook
Jon YongfookMaker@yongfook · Indie maker
@mvremmerden Thanks for the question. I think the main difference would be that I see timezones / working hours as a feature, not the product. I'm not looking to build the world's best timezone tool - I want to build a team collaboration tool where timezones are a sensitive consideration :) The next Tropic update will be more centred around collaboration / discussion - but I'm still in the middle of brainstorming exactly how that will manifest!
Marcel van Remmerden
Marcel van Remmerden@mvremmerden · UX Researcher & Designer
@yongfook Great to hear, thanks!
Nikola Stojković 🇷🇸
Nikola Stojković 🇷🇸@stojkovic · Software developer, father and husband.
@mvremmerden Yeah, a Buffer's tool, it's good :) They use it. Tropic looks promising ^^ Will definitely try it out.
Leandro
LeandroPro@leandro8209 · Co-founder, Unubo
Congrats on launch number 6! I see where you're going with this, and it's looking very promising. Even if you replicate some of the features of Slack, just having it all in one place, next to other relevant tools, is valuable. It would be cool to include a group calendar for company events, vacations, and bank holidays from around the world, wherever your team is based.
Davis Baer
Davis Baer@daviswbaer · Co-Founder of OneUp
Nice work Jon!
Sharath Kuruganty
Sharath Kuruganty@5harath · Indie Maker. Runner-up @PH’s Makers Fest
Remote work is future. There's a lot of space and opportunities for new products like Tropic. It's simple and useful. The tool brings a lot of visibility to people working remote. Great work Jon. Congrats on the launch #6 👍