Glip

Real-Time Team Productivity

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#4 Product of the DayJanuary 14, 2014
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Peter Pezaris
Peter Pezaris@deleted-42717 · CEO, Glip
@nbashaw while I support your view, one has to recognize that people commenting on Product Hunt are among the 1% in terms of technical capability. So while you are perfectly comfortable juggling 6 or 8 different cloud-based services to get your work done, many people are not. If we think back to 2004 when personal sharing was moving to the cloud, we used to use email to connect our accounts while sharing photos, videos, bookmarks, and blogs. Then something called a social news feed changed all that. Why? Because it was a simpler solution to communicate and share all of those things in one place. The deeper 'why' is that creating and maintaining a critical mass of activity across contact lists is Hard and Time Consuming, and introduces friction. So while you may be happy today with one todo list, another notes app, and email / hipchat, plus I'm guessing file sharing, video conference, etc etc etc., what happens when you want to start a new project due in three weeks? - new group on hipchat - set up an email dist list (or as most people do, just "reply all with 7 people on the CC line. ugh) - new folder in dropbox - new project in asana - new folder in evernote - new group in skype or.... you do what most people do and just fail to organize things properly, and your work gets mixed up across all of those services. The reason we built Glip is that we're intimately familiar with this problem, having developed one of the early and most advanced social networks in Multiply. With Glip, starting a new project or workgroup is as simple as you could imagine: just title it and add the right people. Then you leverage that workgroup so that you know you're always including the right people when you schedule meetings, share files, assign tasks, comment on documents, and host video calls. Simple, easy. And when the project is done, everything is in one easy-to-understand, related chronological stream. I encourage you to at least give it a try. You might be the type of person who still loves to tinker with a solution that looks like Flickr+Blogger+deli.cio.us+dailymotion+Skype+email, but if you do all of that stuff on Facebook today, you might also appreciate the simplicity and elegance of Glip's approach.
Jon Lax
Jon Lax@jlax · Product Design Director Facebook
Here is my take on it... productivity apps are very personal. Methods of GTD are tied to our own mental models. When we experience someone else's GTD philosophy/methods that don't square with our own, we have dissonance. This causes an itch that developers try to scratch. All of the To-do lists, Basecamp clones, agile trackers fit into this category. I believe heavily in Andy Grove's 10x rule. Differentiation only occurs at 10x. Your product needs to be subjectively 10x "better" than the alternative to get people to switch. Now the question is, are products like Glip 10x better for a large enough group of people for Glip to make a market?
Jack Smith
Jack SmithPro@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@jlax - I was thinking the same thing. Peak (http://www.usepeak.com/) was shared recently by @daveambrose here - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/721 Team communication is a big problem in a bit market that many entrepreneurs experience first-hand. That's why you see new entrants all the time but few offer anything new or unique. It's really hard to sell something like this within an organization because it almost always requires companies to replace existing tools, behaviors, and processes (especially for larger companies that also have higher monetization potential).
Jon Lax
Jon Lax@jlax · Product Design Director Facebook
I am struggling with how many of these products the market needs. Not that there isn't room for innovation but having a hard time parsing the differences.