We've written a lot about Donna, the mobile personal assistant app from Khosla Ventures-backed startup Incredible Labs… So why not write some more? It's been about six weeks since Donna launched to the public, and in that time, the team has been working on adding a few highly requested features.
Donna was designed to keep users organized and make sure they have a good idea of when they need to leave for a meeting and how to get there. Like a real-life personal assistant, the app keeps track of a user's appointments and meetings. If it's a phone meeting or conference, users can simply click a button and they'll be automatically connected. If it's an in-person meeting, Donna will take into account traffic and travel time and let you know when you need to leave. You can even use Donna to request an Uber if you need a ride.
The biggest new feature is Donna's ability to handle train or bus directions… at least for people in the U.S. or Canada. In addition to choosing between taking a car or bike or walking, Donna users now have the option to also select public transit. And, just as it would with those other options, Donna will let you know when you have to leave and which buses or trains to take to get you where you need to be.
Since Donna isn't just for U.S. users, or U.S.-based users in the U.S., it's also added a new feature to allow them to change the weather and distance settings to the metric system. That way, those who have no idea what Fahrenheit means won't freak out when they see it's 60 degrees out, or underdress when it's 30 degrees.
Finally, the Donna team has done some work on providing more context for what's going on with your day. So like, now you can see birthdays and other all-day events in your calendar. And it's got better maps.
Anyway, that's really about it. Incredible Labs, the startup behind Donna, has raised a total of $2.5 million from investors like Khosla Ventures, Betaworks, Maynard Webb, CrunchFund*, Ashton Kutcher, and a group of other angels.
* Disclosure: Something about the dude who founded TechCrunch also being the dude at CrunchFund putting money into Incredible Labs and how that's not why I'm writing this. In truth, I'm actually writing this because I like the guys at Incredible Labs, which is probably a bigger conflict of interest.