Note to future self…
Yesterday, I wrote a brief post on this idea of building “The Other Half of The Internet”. Now why is this an interesting problem to work on and what exactly are we trying to do here?
I believe that that we’ve arrived to a point in the technology development curve where over the last 5 years we’ve seen a Cambrian explosion and maturity of cloud applications and their corresponding APIs. This proliferation of SaaS-based application is a response to the need for specialized tools that can better serve the needs of modern companies with more complex workflows. Nothing crazy.
The problem with this is that it can cause silos of informations where teams operate across a variety of applications. Although these applications have gotten a lot better at talking to each other thanks to web-hooks and services like Zapier, things haven’t been as easy for humans! We still have switch between these apps to gain meaningful context about what’s going on.
Our Solution – A final layer of abstraction
What if we could build a layer of abstraction that ran on top of all of these applications. Quite literally a search box for all of your company’s information. Everything from your team’s files to your employee directory to your payment information.
What if everything could be easily accessible by your teammates right from your browser’s address bar? Speed is important. Relevance is crucial.
According to some estimates, knowledge workers spend almost 20% of their time searching for and retrieving information. That’s more than any other activity than doing actual work!! The potential productivity gains are enormous!
Beyond productivity gains (we live in a capitalist society after all ¯\*(ツ)*/¯) we believe that there’s an opportunity to build a truly meaningful product that hopefully makes people lives easier by providing them the information that they need when they need it. I might do a follow-up post highlighting how our vision is heavily influenced by the work of great researchers from the 20th centuries. If we’re able to pull this off is because we’ve stood in the shoulders of these giants.
Now back to work…