Hello! We're Joan, an independent digital product agency based in Melbourne, Australia.
Like lots of professionals, tracking time is important to us. It can be the difference between having a profitable business, and going out of business.
But time tracking is difficult. It's too easy to forget. By leaving timesheets to the end of the week, you’re just guessing—and sometimes missing out on up to 25% of your billable time.
We felt the pain of timesheets, so we spent the last two years working on Tiller—a better way to track your time so you can focus on the work that matters.
Tiller is a simple device that sits on your desk. It serves as a physical reminder to track your time, and includes a status light so you know if you're on or off.
Because it sits right where you work, accessing your time is fast—really fast. Here it is in action:
Here's How It Works
The hardware and software work seamlessly together. Touch Tiller to immediately see your projects and tasks, on top of whatever you're working on. The interface only pops up when you need it. It doesn’t get lost between windows or hidden in tabs, and it never interrupts you.
1. Start & Stop: Tap Tiller to instantly start or stop a timer.
2. Switch: Turn Tiller to switch between clients, projects, and tasks.
3. Quick Insights: Double tap to see analytics, budget information, or even add a comment.
Tiller is a beautiful, high-quality device. The top is made from CNC-machined aluminium, anodized to one of four colours, and rotates smoothly on a bearing.
Features + Integrations
Version one of our software has some great features which allow you to stay on top of your time tracking. Tiller works with Windows and Mac, and you are able to sign in and use it from any computer.
Tiller has powerful reports built in, but we know a lot of people and companies are already using different products to track their time. We're building integrations with some of your favourite apps starting with Harvest, Toggl, WorkflowMax, and AND CO. We're adding more integrations all the time—let us know what else you'd like Tiller to work with!
Why Did We Create Tiller?
We create new products and services for a living. It’s our job to ensure that the things we create make peoples lives easier, not more complicated.
When designed well, good products can help us achieve our goals quickly and let us get back to the things that are important to us.
When it comes to your work day, we believe that people are capable of doing and creating amazing things, but finding time to do that work is getting increasingly difficult.
There’s plenty of time tracking software out there. But a lot of current solutions are clumsy and easy to misuse. So, we set out on a mission to design a solution that allowed people to easily keep track of what they are doing without distracting them from their work.
Close to two years ago we hacked together the first prototype using a car radio volume control and some balsa wood, to see how it would feel having another piece of hardware on our desks. It felt okay, but needed some software.
Between us we have backgrounds in design, engineering, and computer science, so we produced our own functional hardware prototypes to refine exactly how the hardware and software worked. Then, we engaged with experienced mechanical and electronic engineers to help us turn Tiller into a manufacturable device.
We’ve been using Tiller ourselves, and we’ve tested it extensively with freelancers and small businesses—to make sure that it’s useful for them. It’s been a continuous process, but we're now ready to get Tiller out the door.
Where Are We Now?
It’s been a long journey, but we are finally ready to release Tiller into the wild. After many iterations, we have validated, high-quality working prototypes of our hardware and software. We’re ready to start tooling up with our manufacturing partners, and we have our logistics ready to go. Now, we just need your help getting Tiller out the door.
We’ve been a part of the Kickstarter community ourselves for years, and we think that Kickstarter is the perfect place to launch Tiller. Kickstarter is full of innovators, hard workers, and creators who we think can benefit from Tiller.
Who Are We?
We’re Joan, a small independent digital product agency from Melbourne, Australia. We work with clients of all shapes and sizes to bring good design and technology together to solve real problems.
We believe successful products and services should make our lives easier, not more complicated. We’ve been working on Tiller for the last two years and we’re excited to bring it to life on Kickstarter!
Making Tiller has been a huge journey and we wouldn't be here without the help and support from the following people:
Gin Atkins, Tim Baxter, Lauren Broomhall, Brigid Canny, Emma Brennan, Cam Chamley, Hugo Davidson, John Deer, Dan Evans, Nick Exton, Jazz Gescheit, Dean Gordon, Sarah Halliday, Eddie Harran (Dr. Time), Emma Holder, Dean Jacobson, Josh Janssen, Anthony Kahl, Karine Lim, Maya Lochan, Steph Marks, Alex Meadowcroft, Sean Minetti, Andy Murray, Jack Mussett, Matthew Nayna, Rachel Plank, Mike Ruhfus, Ryan Singer, Noor Sleiman, Zinzi Sullivan, Ross Tonkin, and Rachel Worcou.
Groups of People
Risks and challenges
Tiller is a brand new custom product that we’ve invented to solve a specific problem. Our priority is to ship a quality product that works right out of the box. As with every new product, we know there are speed bumps we may run into along the way that could affect our delivery schedule.
We want to set your expectations responsibly, and it’s in our DNA and it’s our commitment to make sure that we keep the communication lines fully open with our community. We will be in regular contact with updates as we move forward and bring Tiller to life.
We’ve taken the following steps to help mitigate the risks we face:
- Design Validation
We’ve been working with specialist mechanical and electronic design providers right from the beginning, to make sure we can leverage their experience in bringing a reliable product to market.
We’ve produced multiple rounds of prototypes and have been working hard through extensive user testing over the past two years to ensure the hardware and software work together seamlessly.
As soon as the campaign closes, we’ll be in a position to begin tooling - we’ve proactively worked to identify and deal with design challenges.
We’ve been to China in person to visit and assess a lot of factories and suppliers, and our chosen suppliers are experienced producing products with similar components to Tiller - high-quality CNC-machined aluminium, injection-moulded plastics, custom electronic components and assembly.
- Quality Control
We’ve partnered with a consultancy who specialise in ongoing quality assurance, as well as compiling quality management and testing programmes, and we’ll be back in China in person periodically to continue to ensure quality remains high.
Because Tiller is an electronic device, we need to comply with various regulations. The amount of time testing itself takes is out of our hands, however we’ve incorporated the expected time taken into our project plan.
We’ve partnered with a 3PL provider who has a proven track record of dealing with the sudden ramp in volume that Kickstarter campaigns can cause.
Nevertheless, it’s always possible there may be delays in delivering Tiller. Please rest assured we want to build Tiller into a successful company, and we’re here for the long haul.
We’re excited to finally have the chance to share Tiller with you!
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