First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
John Rampton: My family and I are doing well despite these COVID-19 times. We welcomed our second daughter on September 19th and feel fortunate to have our family continue to flourish. My work family at Calendar is also doing well.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Calendar.
John Rampton: I started in Internet Marketing when I was learning to walk again after a construction accident. I had a lot of time to study online business and the opportunities of working digitally. This led me to start a number of different companies, including Due and now Calendar. With more people than ever working remotely and shifting to digital solutions, it’s been an excellent opportunity to rapidly grow Calendar.
How does Calendar innovate?
John Rampton: Our Company innovates by offering a machine learning-driven solution that helps individuals and companies work smarter and become more productive when it comes to scheduling events and meetings.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
John Rampton: If anything, the pandemic has actually led to faster growth because more people are working remotely and looking for a way to connect their work environments for continued productivity.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
John Rampton: The most difficult choices have been how to curb spending and maintain cash flow for an unspecified amount of time. The uncertainty of how long COVID-19 will impact us and our businesses makes budgeting and financial planning so challenging. However, I’m used to operating on a lean budget, so it’s been working to sustain us through this uncertain period.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and Calendar in the future?
John Rampton: Meditation and mindful thinking, plus a lot of exercises. My family is also a huge support system. Altogether, these sources help me focus on how to continue helping entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners meet their own business needs through all types of business and economic cycles.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
John Rampton: There are many calendar apps out there, but none do what we offer, which is to deliver free and low-cost solutions for individuals and teams to use. We also incorporate machine learning and integrate with other digital calendars and productivity tools that really sets up apart.
Your final thoughts
John Rampton: While COVID-19 has been a challenge for most businesses and startups, it’s also an opportunity to pivot, improve, and deliver solutions at a time of great need. As a startup, we’ve been fortunate to have developed and implemented a solution to do just that for customers and our overall target audience.