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Corey Maass

This might be the minimum viable perfect timer: Three freelance officemates working out of the nascent WeWork Labs just released Timerdoro, a drag-and-drop website that lets you set up an array of timers with customized intervals and sound effects.

The app suggests a few pre-set timers that rely on different techniques: the Pomodoro technique (25-minute work sessions spaced out with five minute breaks), the 20-20-20 rule (focus on something 20 feet away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome) and the two-minute rule (“if you can do it in 2:00 minutes, no matter how non-critical the task, do it now”), with links that explain more about each technique.

The app lets you add an unlimited number of timers set at any intervals up to 99 hours, 99 minutes and 99 seconds, chain them together (to alternate between 25 and five minutes for two hours, for example) and run four sets of timers simultaneously (so you can remember to look up from your screen to reduce eye strain while Pomodoring).

Corey Maass, Joel van Horn and Brandon Gracey are the brains responsible for Timerdoro. It took Mr. Maass about eight hours to code the app over a week. “The three of us are all really interested in productivity,” he said. “And we’ve been office mates for a while and we kept looking for something to do build together.”

The trio is waiting to see what kind of traction their little app gets–if it takes off, they’ll tweak it, presumably get rid of that internal server error page, and add features like a box that blocks out your screen. They may develop it into a full-blown iPhone or desktop app.

“It’s our MVP, so please give it a try and let us know what you think,” Mr. Maass said.

Buy Local: Productivity-Boosting Web Timers