Today’s Killer Startup: Wordzen
Wordzen is a human-powered proofreading service for Gmail.
Why It’s A Killer Startup:
I had an email interaction with a professional woman (let’s call her Sarah) almost six months ago that still has me scratching my head and thinking, “Really?” She’s a native English speaker living here in Guatemala who drums up a lot of her business online. As a result, her first point of contact is usually through email and, unfortunately, she’s pretty terrible at email.
When we met in person, she was lovely, well spoken, and seemed pretty intelligent. However, her emails were rife with typos, incorrect grammar, missing punctuation, and a notable lack of capital letters.
Did this woman miss every single grammar class in elementary school? I was embarrassed for her.
Sarah’s exactly the type of person who would benefit from Wordzen. It’s a simple plugin for Gmail. Once you’ve downloaded the plugin and connected your account, all you have to do is click the “Smart Send” button that’s right next to your regular send button. The draft of the email then goes into your Drafts folder with the label “Wordzen Pending” on it. Once it’s been corrected (which the site says should usually happen in under 10 minutes), the label changes to “Wordzen Done.” Check out the email, see if you like it, and send it out.
Now, obviously, native English speakers with horrendous email writing skills are not the only ones who could benefit from Wordzen’s services. I also regularly get very well intentioned emails from folks who didn’t grow up speaking English that are less than professional in their structure and grammar. While that’s totally understandable, there are also certain biases built in for all of us when we get a poorly worded email. Spiffing it up can’t hurt, right?
So if you want to sound more professional (or, as Wordzen’s puts it, “smarter than you are”), or you’re still struggling with the English language, head over and get started with Wordzen today.
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