It’s time: Atlanta startup Billseye charges customers for phone calls
Let’s say you are a lawyer. You have a day off. And you are going to do something fun, like golf or croquet. Then you get a phone call. You look at the caller ID. He’s your client – Steve. And you know any call with Steve will take a while, so what do you do?
A – Take the call
B – Ignore the call
C – Respond with an automatic text message saying “I can’t come on the phone at the moment. I play golf or croquet ”.
D – Take the call and bill Steve for your time.
If you chose D, then congratulations. You are on the fast track to maximizing your time! And everything is made possible by Billseye, an Atlanta-based apps startup from Alcide Honore.
A lawyer in private practice for thirteen years, Alcide said Billseye’s genesis came from “many conversations about the pain and agony of going through week-old call logs to bill for time.”
In partnership with his brother Armond, a software developer for twenty years, Alcide set out in 2017 to simplify everything at the touch of a phone. Billseye not only automates billing processes, but also the tracking and documentation of inbound and outbound customer calls. In addition to its patented “customer button”. Billseye includes voice / text memos, import contacts, export call data and integration.
In the app, users set a rate and press the blue customer button to start registration.
Once the call is over, users can also create text or audio notes, as well as export your call log as a spreadsheet.
Honoré sees more than lawyers ultimately using Billseye. “We have always believed that there are a number of professions and industries that could benefit from Billseye,” he told Hypepotamus. “Anyone who is currently investing money or time to bill for phone calls is a target user. This includes accountants, consultants, therapists, and anyone else with established clientele that they charge for calls.
Billseye has grown over the past year. It won the American Bar Association’s Techshow 2020 startup competition and one of eight finalists selected from a group of over 500 startups to participate in the ATL Startup Battle in October. More recently, Billseye was one of the few high potential startups promoted by Google for the Black Founders Fund Startups.
While the potential for the app’s functionality is seemingly endless (with SMS and email billing, for example), Billseye chooses to keep it simple for now. “Right now, we’ve figured out how to do something better than anyone else: capture every billable minute of every customer call with 100% accuracy, ”added Honoré. “We are leveraging all of our resources to develop this functionality and as we gain popularity we will expand the functionality of our products from there. “
Honoré is also considering an overview of the app’s influence. “Billseye will continue to drive the evolution of the workplace,” he said. “We’ve been carrying cell phones for decades now, but there hasn’t been any innovation in the range of options users have with a call. Responding and ignoring will no longer be the only options. Social engagement has changed the world immeasurably. An important element of the future of work is the possibility of being paid for direct engagements with people who are otherwise foreigners. Billseye’s payment platform will provide influencers with a powerful new tool to monetize their engagement with subscribers.
And the Billseye team looks to the future, seeing an opportunity to “unify the experience” for service providers and their customers with every phone call.
“We plan to harness blockchain technology and digital currency to create a platform where users can connect across cultures and borders and receive fair value for their engagements.”
Billseye is currently available on the Google Play Store, for Android only, and is expected to roll out to iOS soon.
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