Focus & Digital Balance

Blogging about Digital Detox and unplugging, customizing our connectivity, new technologies, distraction management, and a healthy lifestyle in our hyperconnected world

( OFFTIME ) takes off: 50.000 users

ot_50000_usersWhat a start: Just 2 weeks after our launch we reached 50.000 ( OFFTIME ) users yesterday.

We’re are very thankful for all the feedback, the excellent ratings (we’re glad that we can keep our 4.1/4.2 rating for a start) and all the friendly messages we got. Not to mention the amazing press coverage that we got. The article on techcrunch really got things moving. Positive reviews on the next web and many other tech sites followed. Thanks to our friends at openers we quickly managed to get in touch with major german and international newspapers, putting the results of our scientific study into place – even french, south american and indian press covered the story.

Share your ( OFFTIME ) experiences with us!

We’re looking forward to hear – and read – about your ( OFFTIME ) experience! What do you do in your ( OFFTIME )? How do you use the app?

Share your story – and let us and others know! Email us to on@offtime.co – We have 50 € Amazon vouchers for the best three stories that hit our inbox.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming weeks and to welcoming our next 50.000 users!
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Schlagzeile statt Randnotiz – Minister zu Besuch bei OFFTIME!

Bundesfrauenministerin Manuela Schwesig und Bundeswirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel im Gespräch mit ( OFFTIME ) © BMWi/Susanne Eriksson

Bundesfrauenministerin Manuela Schwesig und Bundeswirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel im Gespräch mit ( OFFTIME )
© BMWi/Susanne Eriksson

“Gabriel blieb an der Work-Life-Balance-App hängen”, titelte zu unserer Freude die Welt letzte Woche. Statt einer Randnotiz hatten wir es in die Schlagzeile geschafft. Wie es dazu kam und was wir gelernt haben, erfahrt ihr hier.

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University ‘Insights’

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Teilnehmerinnen des HU Forschungskolloquium tauschen unterschiedliche Lösungen für Insights aus

Unsere Kooperation mit der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin bietet unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten und Chancen. So evaluieren wir zum einen ( OFFTIME ) auf seine Wirksamkeit – können unsere Nutzer tatsächlich abschalten, sich besser erholen und mit mehr Motivation an die Arbeit gehen? (Falls Du an einer solchen Studie teilnehmen möchtest, kanntst Du hier Details dazu erfahren.) Zum anderen besteht ein reger Austausch mit den Arbeitsgruppen der Arbeits- und Ingenieurpsychologie zum Gesamtkonzept von ( OFFTIME). So auch letzte Woche Montag, über den wir hier in unserer Serie ‘Hinter den Kulissen von ( OFFTIME )’ im Detail berichten. Continue reading

Hello world — with a new name

What a ride – and it is just the beginning. The last weeks have been crazy. Not just did we increase our team size and opened many closed barrels again, to include and take everyone along, we also went with Matthias through a whole branding process and name search. After having stormed through 500+ possibilities, checked 50 names more seriously and having registered another 30 domains hastily… Finally, we have a name — and we are ready for the next stage!  

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The beginning with the name ”Master & Slave”

Michael and I started off about a year ago with our first name. Micha’s girlfriend Merce came up with the name ‘Master & Slave’ in the brainstorming session before, with reference to Hegel’s master–slave dialectic. When we had our first official meeting a couple of days later (to meet Mo and Simon from Bitstars in Aachen), we registered a domain and printed some business cards last minute — and so we became partners at ‘Master & Slave’. Continue reading