We're a team of ambitious professionals who, not long ago, found themselves on the brink of burnout. Despite loving our jobs, packed schedules and back-to-back meetings every day left us feeling completely exhausted and still behind on our to-do's.
We decided to build Paced to help others just like us bring greater awareness into their time planning. To teach how to set healthy boundaries and know when to rest – so there's energy left at the end of the workday and week for the people and things that are important to you.
At Paced we believe that a happy life is a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal is to create a schedule that truly gets you and your priorities, while respecting your stress level and energy patterns. Because in order to be great at what you do, you need to take care of yourself first.
It all started in 2020, in the middle of the COVID19 lockdown, when Ilya, being forced to work remotely, desperately wanted a tool that could help him to include something else in his life except work and build healthy boundaries between work and life. Releasing an early prototype brought him to know people from Palta, who had been thinking about a similar idea for some time.
Discussing the idea further with Yuri, Alex (Chekan), and Walter, they found out that looking really similar at the space and wanting the product could give users a feeling that a real coach is observing their day and providing personalized insights on how to improve their wellbeing. And that is when the real work on Paced has started.
The next big step was meeting Luba, who joined as co-founder and CPO. She worked as a product leader in different tech companies and experienced this constant feeling of being stressed out due to a fully booked calendar when there is not enough space to actually think or focus. As soon as she joined, she has sharpened Paced mission and started implementing her product vision by narrowing the target audience to busy tech professionals: Product leaders, Executives, Managers — people who live in their calendars from early morning to late night, often forget about lunch, and feel the work/life imbalance the most. Paced vision is to help people to reach a healthier work/life balance by providing zoom-out detailed picture of their work patterns, stress and energy levels, physical activity and more. And based on this give personalized recommendations and insights of how to improve it. This is the first step in building time awareness and deep understanding of what is good and bad for you.
Palta helped us on every step enormously simplifying our lives by allowing us to rely on their infrastructure: from finance and legal to hiring. But one of the most significant advantages of working with them is knowledge sharing. Starting from the board and its business vision and experience up to having hundreds of professionals from other Palta-backed companies that could answer anything related to the current challenge you may have. High chance that they already solved it in their company a long time ago and can give you a beeline to the solution.
Ilya Zayats, CEO and Co-founder, Paced
Luba Vyaznikova, CPO and Co-founder, Paced