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The map view in Woven lets you see your calendar geographically. Photo: Woven

When he was Facebook's chief information officer, Tim Campos said he spent a lot of time hearing from executives how frustrating it was to deal with their calendar. So when he left the company in late 2016, he set out to build a better calendar.

Details: Woven, as the company and product are called, helps individuals better manage their time — including work, team and personal calendars — as well as ease the process of finding times to meet up with people.

  • "My job at Facebook was to make people as productive as possible," Campos tells Axios. "I care a lot about time."
  • The interface looks like a traditional calendar, but also allows for other ways to view your day, including a map view to schedule meetings in a way that makes geographic sense.

Yes, but: Lots of startups have tried to build a better mousetrap only to find themselves unable to unseat Microsoft and Google. Aware of that, Campos says he made Woven different.

How it works, per Campos: It doesn't replace GSuite or Outlook, but rather works on top of Microsoft's and Google's productivity tools. (The beta version launching today only supports Google's productivity suite, with Office support coming soon.)

  • Also, it works well even if only one person is a Woven user. Everyone hates it when someone wants them to sign up with a new service just to set up a meeting.
  • Users can get some of Woven's smarts even without signing up, Campos adds.

As for making money, Campos says there may be some features that are put behind a paywall. In the long term, he sees Woven as an enterprise play, offering analytics and other services to paying business customers.

  • Think: Slack or Dropbox to understand the business model.
  • What Campos doesn't have is big company resources. The startup is just a dozen people and has raised $4.8 million in seed funding.

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The start of the COVID-19 pandemic seems like a lifetime ago to some, and just yesterday to others. Scientists are beginning to unpack the way people processed the passage of time amidst the stress, uncertainty and isolation of the 1 year, 8 months and 21 days since WHO declared a pandemic.

Why it matters: The pandemic's global effects on how people experience time could provide new insights into the brain's ability to perceive and predict time — a fundamental feature of life.

Mitt Romney calls Ray Dalio's China investments a "sad moral lapse"

Sen. Mitt Romney walks to a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol on Oct. 7. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Thursday criticized billionaire Ray Dalio's investments in China, writing in a tweet that "his feigned ignorance of China's horrific abuses and rationalization of complicit investments there is a sad moral lapse."

Driving the news: Romney's comments come after Dalio's firm, Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, raised $1.3 billion in November for a new private fund in China, Bloomberg reports.

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Omicron dashboard

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  2. Politics: Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come — Meta removes accounts linked to COVID disinformation effort by China.
  3. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine.
  4. World: Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people — Omicron variant detected in more countriesWHO advises people 60 or older to postpone travel due to Omicron
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