Gyst is the first smartphone app to combine texts, contacts, calendars and tasks to help Get Your Stuff Together
Austin, Texas – July 18, 2016 – Gyst, a new texting app designed to help busy people who rely on their smartphone to run their life, has been launched on the Google Play Store. Gyst is the first app to integrate texting, contacts, calendars and tasks in one place, making users more productive with the things they do most. Key features of Gyst allow users to organize and prioritize texts to help find the important ones easily, send calendar availability to secure meeting times faster and manage to-do lists more simply. Gyst is free and Gyst Pro is available as an in-app upgrade for 99 cents per month.
Bruce Kornfeld, founder and CEO of Gyst, explains why his company built the app: “Most people use SMS texting for work1 – it’s never been more popular2. But native, built-in texting apps don’t work for business because they were designed for social use. As a result, many busy professionals waste a lot of time juggling apps and misplacing important texts. We figured that we could solve this problem and make busy people more productive.”
Key features of Gyst:
- Set priority flags: users can prioritize important texts they can’t afford to misplace
- Label texts: users can organize texts by any topic
- Search, sort and filter: lets users quickly find texts by keyword, label, priority, attachment
- Text to task: users can create to-do lists from texts
Extra features with Gyst Pro:
- Send availability: users can send calendar times via text and book meetings faster
- Attach any file: including .pdf, .docx, .xls. Users don’t need their laptop to send an attachment quickly. Gyst integration with Dropbox makes it even easier.
- Archive to cloud: users can move older texts and attachments securely to the cloud. They can recover space on their smartphone, retrieve archived messages easily and restore messages when they get a new phone.
Gyst helps people be productive on their smartphone whenever and wherever they are.
“Texting has become a bedrock of business communication3,4 – preferred even to messaging apps5 – so it’s time for texting to get much better,” concludes Kornfeld.
“A race team has a ton of moving parts – drivers, crew, sponsors and others – and texting has become the most efficient form of communication out there. Since I often need to reach many people simultaneously I rely heavily on Gyst’s group messaging feature. I also work outside normal business hours so Gyst’s ability to schedule when texts get sent means I’m not waking anyone up! Instead, they get my text at a time that’s most convenient to them. My team has been able to sync our racing schedule and important dates through the Gyst app – it has totally changed the way we communicate.” Matt Young, Owner of Matt Young Motorsports.
“Gyst helps me get my job done by allowing me to manage my texts more efficiently than before. With Gyst, I’m able to prioritize texts as they come in so I don’t forget to follow-up with important clients. I also like the ability to send my customer a quick meeting planner from the Gyst text platform. Gyst plays a big part in making sure the high-value things I need to do happen.” Wayne Pappert, IT sales, Oracle.
“Gyst is the first smartphone app that helps me get my job done. In the world of real estate, being responsive to clients and being organized around texting is important to help my business. I’m more productive and spend less time on technology than in the past.” Tom Pagel – Principal, Reliance Commercial Realty.
Gyst was invented and designed in Austin, Texas after founder Bruce Kornfeld had an epiphany about how texting – the thing we use our smartphones for the most – could be transformed into a tool to help busy professionals be more productive. Gyst was founded in 2014 and has raised over half a million dollars in funding from passionate technology investors including former Blackberry/RIM board member, author and time management expert Jim Estill. Bruce Kornfeld, Founder & CEO of Gyst, was on the executive team at Compellent Technologies which sold to Dell in 2011 for almost one billion dollars.
- 80% of people use texting for business. (eWeek)
- Texting is the most widely-used and frequently-used app; 97% of Americans using it at least once a day. (Pew Internet)
- 79% of companies believe customers want SMS/text support. (ICMI)
- Six billion text messages are sent in the U.S. daily. (Forrester)
- 72% of business professionals prefer texting to messaging apps. (eWeek)
Kylle O’Sullivan, TouchdownPR