September 16, 2014

Taco – Unified Task Lists

Productivity apps are a dime a dozen right now, with many of the most popular solutions available helping to simplify targeted parts of people’s live — organizing work projects, creating personal to-do lists, or helping with bug tracking. However, problems tend to arise when people start using too many of these services, and the number of daily email digests and open browser tabs becomes too great to manage. Taco offers a solution for people who feel overwhelmed by productivity tools.

Rather than actually managing your projects and tasks, Taco is a web-based application that manages the applications that you use to managing your projects and tasks. The solution connects to more than 40 services — including everything from Trello to Basecamp, Zendesk, Asana, and many others — and provides you with a simplified task list that’s viewable on a single page. When you’re ready to work, choose a task from your list and drag it into the “Up Next” section. If one task seems more important than all the rest, then click “Top” to move it to the top of the “Up Next” list. Mark off tasks as you complete them, and Taco will update your list both in its own app and in the app where the task was initially created.

Taco sends out daily email summaries with an overview of everything you’ve got coming up across all of your productivity tools. You have the option to decide how frequently these summaries should be sent, and how much information they should include. You can also update your settings to add connectors or change your preferences, and you can click the “Sync” button to update the information from your connected services at any time.

Practical Uses:

  • Combine personal and professional tasks into a singular list
  • Spend less time managing your multiple productivity apps
  • Prioritize tasks based on what is most important
  • Receive daily email summaries with tasks from all your productivity accounts

Insider Tips:

  • Click the “Hide” button to remove a task from your Taco list
  • Taco can retrieve up to 500 tasks from each connected service
  • Syncing Taco to connected services takes between 10 and 15 seconds
  • Users have the option of completely removing the “For Later” sidebar

What we liked:

  • Finished tasks can be marked as complete without leaving the Taco app
  • People who use Taco don’t spend as much time clicking from tab-to-tab in their browsers
  • Taco connects with more than 40 of the most popular productivity apps
  • Users can customize Taco’s background and themes

What we didn’t like:

  • Taco is only useful for people who already use the specific apps that the service supports


Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
  • Founded by: Troy Davis and Jordan Isip
  • Web site:


  • Free

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