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David Byttow@davidbyttow
Hello again! 👋 First, thank you so much to everyone that supported our launch of IO last week (https://www.producthunt.com/post...). We can't wait to build more features for you! Today we're opening up signups and officially launching **Bold**: An internal blog for your team. ✍️ You might be asking: Why does my company need an internal blog and what is the difference between Bold and other products like Google Docs, Dropbox Paper, Notion, etc? Great question. 😏 We love real-time collaboration products like those mentioned above and believe they are useful for many use cases. Yet, we realized that a simple ownership model is best when it comes to sharing ideas and domain knowledge within an organization. Over time, this will build an archive of progress available to everyone on your team. Slack is the fastest way to communicate with your team, while Bold is the most thoughtful way. To that end, we've integrated deeply with Slack to make adopting Bold effortless. Head over to https://bold.co to try out a free trial with your team and keep the feedback coming, we're listening! Note: IO and Bold are powered by the same underlying technology stack, but serve different audiences. We will continue to work hard to improve both for our readers and writers. Thank you! 👊 (some more info: https://medium.com/@davidbyttow/...)
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
@davidbyttow Congrats David. I am excited to see how this product plays out. When I used it for the first time, I was very impressed by how novel the concept of ambience music and assistants in a publishing product. There is no doubt that this product will get compared with Medium for personal usage and Docs/Dropbox/Slack Notes for internal company communications. But, given your track record and what I know about how you think about products from your blog, I am sure you have already foreseen all those comparisons and have already incorporated that in your roadmap. After all, both Slack & Medium succeeded despite the presence of strong players and existing behaviors in their respective spaces.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@sarthakgh have you not tried Ommwriter?
Jim@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@chrismessina @sarthakgh Ommwriter is indeed cool!
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
@chrismessina Nope. Hadn't heard of it before. Will do once I am done with my tests. Thanks.
Tony Hue@tonykhue · Product Marketing, Disqus
@davidbyttow second link in blog post is broken
Andrew Liebchen@andrewliebchen · Product designer @ Facebook
@davidbyttow Any plans on tackling the "stale" article problem that every company's documentation faces...that is, keeping content up to date, especially when things change quickly and document owners might be changing too?
Jim@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@andrewliebchen @davidbyttow the "stale" article problem is hard, we've used Bold for 10 months internally to keep track of standards, roadmaps, product opinions so we have developed much more compassion towards the problem. All of us have worked at different organizations and understand the problem about documenting the latest information, it takes a lot of time, and its not fun keeping everyone and everything up to date. One thing is for sure, human effort will always be necessary to solve this problem. So the writing experience needs to leave the author feeling light and without burdens. I am starting to believe that when requirements and beliefs change quickly, writing a new post that reflects the 'new world order' is an adequate way to combat old & stale articles because it keeps the conversation going. I'm willing to wager that our stream will help teammates see the latest posts. If an article needs to be permanent, anyone can pin the post onto the home page. If a post needs a visual representation of being referenced, we have post replies that append a label to the top of the post preview to represent the post's origin. We also designed Bold to be simple and compliment other products well, so if you do need your permanent Library of Alexandria somewhere, you can just link to it. Our goal with Bold is to keep it conversational where people continue to add to each others ideas instead of purely making amendments. Hope that helps! 🐻
Oisin Ryan@redoisin · Founder @ServiceDock, Dublin, Ireland
@davidbyttow I'm curious about how this 2 product strategy (outlined in your Note) is perceived externally? I am thinking of doing something similar (i.e. Tweak a product so I can target a different segment) but I'm curious if that is perceived as a lack of focus or a great way to find product/market fit? I know I shouldn't give a 💩 as longas I think it's the right thing to do, but...
Nina Stepanov@ninarstepanov · Co-founder of @fituniversity
@redoisin @davidbyttow I don't see why you would refrain from tweaking an existing product to fit another audience. People do it all the time and call it a new business, so why not just beat them to the chase and do it yourself? What I've noticed is that people don't necessarily pay attention to the fact that this is the same as another product with a minor tweak as long as it solves their specific problem.
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David Byttow
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@davidbyttow
Hello again! 👋 First, thank you so much to everyone that supported our launch of IO last week (https://www.producthunt.com/post...). We can't wait to build more features for you! Today we're opening up signups and officially launching **Bold**: An internal blog for your team. ✍️ You might be asking: Why does my company need an internal blog and what is the difference between Bold and other products like Google Docs, Dropbox Paper, Notion, etc? Great question. 😏 We love real-time collaboration products like those mentioned above and believe they are useful for many use cases. Yet, we realized that a simple ownership model is best when it comes to sharing ideas and domain knowledge within an organization. Over time, this will build an archive of progress available to everyone on your team. Slack is the fastest way to communicate with your team, while Bold is the most thoughtful way. To that end, we've integrated deeply with Slack to make adopting Bold effortless. Head over to https://bold.co to try out a free trial with your team and keep the feedback coming, we're listening! Note: IO and Bold are powered by the same underlying technology stack, but serve different audiences. We will continue to work hard to improve both for our readers and writers. Thank you! 👊 (some more info: https://medium.com/@davidbyttow/...)
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
@davidbyttow Congrats David. I am excited to see how this product plays out. When I used it for the first time, I was very impressed by how novel the concept of ambience music and assistants in a publishing product. There is no doubt that this product will get compared with Medium for personal usage and Docs/Dropbox/Slack Notes for internal company communications. But, given your track record and what I know about how you think about products from your blog, I am sure you have already foreseen all those comparisons and have already incorporated that in your roadmap. After all, both Slack & Medium succeeded despite the presence of strong players and existing behaviors in their respective spaces.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@sarthakgh have you not tried Ommwriter?
Jim
Maker
@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@chrismessina @sarthakgh Ommwriter is indeed cool!
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
@chrismessina Nope. Hadn't heard of it before. Will do once I am done with my tests. Thanks.
Tony Hue@tonykhue · Product Marketing, Disqus
@davidbyttow second link in blog post is broken
Andrew Liebchen@andrewliebchen · Product designer @ Facebook
@davidbyttow Any plans on tackling the "stale" article problem that every company's documentation faces...that is, keeping content up to date, especially when things change quickly and document owners might be changing too?
Jim
Maker
@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@andrewliebchen @davidbyttow the "stale" article problem is hard, we've used Bold for 10 months internally to keep track of standards, roadmaps, product opinions so we have developed much more compassion towards the problem. All of us have worked at different organizations and understand the problem about documenting the latest information, it takes a lot of time, and its not fun keeping everyone and everything up to date. One thing is for sure, human effort will always be necessary to solve this problem. So the writing experience needs to leave the author feeling light and without burdens. I am starting to believe that when requirements and beliefs change quickly, writing a new post that reflects the 'new world order' is an adequate way to combat old & stale articles because it keeps the conversation going. I'm willing to wager that our stream will help teammates see the latest posts. If an article needs to be permanent, anyone can pin the post onto the home page. If a post needs a visual representation of being referenced, we have post replies that append a label to the top of the post preview to represent the post's origin. We also designed Bold to be simple and compliment other products well, so if you do need your permanent Library of Alexandria somewhere, you can just link to it. Our goal with Bold is to keep it conversational where people continue to add to each others ideas instead of purely making amendments. Hope that helps! 🐻
Oisin Ryan@redoisin · Founder @ServiceDock, Dublin, Ireland
@davidbyttow I'm curious about how this 2 product strategy (outlined in your Note) is perceived externally? I am thinking of doing something similar (i.e. Tweak a product so I can target a different segment) but I'm curious if that is perceived as a lack of focus or a great way to find product/market fit? I know I shouldn't give a 💩 as longas I think it's the right thing to do, but...
Nina Stepanov@ninarstepanov · Co-founder of @fituniversity
@redoisin @davidbyttow I don't see why you would refrain from tweaking an existing product to fit another audience. People do it all the time and call it a new business, so why not just beat them to the chase and do it yourself? What I've noticed is that people don't necessarily pay attention to the fact that this is the same as another product with a minor tweak as long as it solves their specific problem.
Sylvain Giuliani@copypastaa · COO at @Pusher
We've been using Bold.co for the past two months here at Pusher for internal communications. We use for cross-department communications such as weekly team updates but also for team communication with project report & retrospectives. It has been a great tool so far. A lot better than the clunky Confluence Blog system 👍
Jim
Maker
@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@copypastaa thank you guys so much!! It's a honor to serve. 🙏
James Traf@traf · Chief Design Spoiler
Two quick points/questions. How much does it cost? Free trials are pointless if a service costs something that we'd never pay for. And does signing up with Slack notify the team at all? I'd love to be able to play around with this before the need to signup, as I'm not sure it's something we'd use just yet. Thanks! Beautiful landing page.
Jeffrey Wyman@jeffrey_wyman · At the intersection of Tech and Business
@traf agreed. seeing the price helps me decide whether its worth my time to try it out.
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@sirbenlee · Being @Bold.
@traf Hey James, appreciate the kind words! Bold Pro is $5/user a month. You're absolutely right that the pricing should be explicit; we're working to remedy that right now. In the meantime, feel free to sign up—we won't ask for a CC upfront or notify your team (promise).
James Traf@traf · Chief Design Spoiler
@sirbenlee Appreciate it!
Jim
Maker
@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@jeffrey_wyman @traf thanks for surfacing this! we really appreciate it. 🙏
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Congrats on the launch David, Ben, and Jim! For all the product builders out here, how do you think about launching/building two separate products at the same time - what are you testing / what are the biggest KPIs ?
Jim
Maker
@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@eriktorenberg thanks for the kind words! Even though the use cases are different, the products share the same core technology. The intent is to explore which aspects are the most useful, and take our learnings to continue to improve on our offering. At the end of the day like most creators, we love building what people need/want. We get good metrics such as # of posts made, company sign ups, and # of co-workers joined. Most company specific behaviors are more opaque because we can't reach into each company for specifics, but we feel bullish that people will jump on our Slack community and share all of the needs, wants and desires they may have.
Ryan Stelly@stelly_ryan · Software Engineer, Rally Health
This is very neat! We just spun up a forked/private instance of Hashrocket's TIL project https://til.hashrocket.com/ and it's been pretty fun so far for internal knowledge sharing and quick tips. I love the idea of internal collab in different ways than wikis.
Jim
Maker
@meanjim · Just a guy building websites
@stelly_ryan thanks for the kind words Ryan!