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Hatch Messenger

Slack for your personal life

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Daniel S Cornell@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
I am going to check in daily, so if anyone has interest, let me know. Thanks to Product Hunt as this was a great experience.
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Anton Eliasson@antoneliasson · Director of Marketing @ Shakr
You're on a hunting streak @benln! Yesterday: Google Analytics for your life Today: Slack for you personal life Tomorrow: "Zendesk for your personal life"?
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@antoneliasson getting the best business tools to consumers. Not bad and some of the fun innovation always makes it back the other way.occulus rift for realtors.
Daylen@askdaylen · Student and Windows Insider in Vancouver
@antoneliasson @benln I would love an app that is Zendesk for your personal life! I actually consitered getting a Zendesk subscription just to manage my email mailbox.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@askdaylen I also like Zendesk for immediate action stuff. We use it on our website. In Hatch, you can have zen desk like chats with one or many, and edit stuff that goes out with typos etc. fast or slow, the conversation is smooth.
Daylen@askdaylen · Student and Windows Insider in Vancouver
@dscornell I don't use a iPhone (I'm a Windows Phone fanboy). Take a look at the Windows Bridge for iOS (https://dev.windows.com/en-us/br...), it lets you port Objective-C apps to Windows 10.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@askdaylen I used a palm when everyone had blackberry. Fun to do things differently. We will have web client and android soon. Windows phone? Do you think it is going to grow?
Daylen@askdaylen · Student and Windows Insider in Vancouver
@dscornell I don't think the user base is going to grow for personal users (I think it will for enterprise). However, by Microsoft making bridges that allow developers to port their apps to Windows Phone in under 10 minutes, I don't think it will lose users either.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@askdaylen I'll pass that on to our team
Tino Chow
Maker
@tinochow
Thanks, @benln for posting!  We found email gets clunky for talking to the whole group. One person would forget to reply all and break the whole thread. But making plans over Facebook wasn’t quite right either. That’s when we realized: there is a gap between email and social media. We made Hatch to fill that gap. Hatch is less about posting your status, and more about getting your message to the right people.  Hatch is built around channels (just like Slack). You can edit messages and bookmark important ones. We have our own set of slash commands. Something else that’s unique about Hatch is you can add people to a channel and they don’t need to have the app to join—they can follow along and reply via email just as if they were in the channel. Looking forward to getting your feedback! Tino
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠@milann · Connecting people again with Wildcard 🃏
@tinochow @benln curious what's wrong with the Facebook planning experience (excluding the reason that not everyone has Facebook). I like the conversion from email to app, because some people just want to keep on emailing... Curious for the use cases though... Does this work for sport teams? Or (recurring) family trips? How many times are you planning things, instead Slack is just for every day... and connect with multiple services (does your connect too?) And why are you using serif fonts on a pretty clean and sans serif look and feel? ;)
Tino Chow
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@tinochow
@milann Thanks for the feedback! We built Hatch Messenger because we're discontent with the way that social media, messaging and email works for large group communication. While these tools are built for speed, conversations often splinter and meander. We wanted to build a tool for both speed and organization. We had various groups try out our product, including family, parents with kids, college groups, church groups, and others. We solve a fundamental communication challenge that many groups faces and we believe that whatever the topic, we will be the tool for you.
David Kampmann@mrkampmann · Brand and Social Media Consultant
This would really be perfect for schools. I love the way it prevents the fallout of a network by requiring all to have the app!
Tino Chow
Maker
@tinochow
@mrkampmann Exactly, that was one of our biggest frustration with a lot of social networks and messaging apps.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@mrkampmann knowing my kids, they plan with snapchat at school and then can't remember where they are supposed to be. School clubs are an early segment.
David Kampmann@mrkampmann · Brand and Social Media Consultant
@dscornell I am having a hard time with the reply via email. Do you just reply to a message that was sent to you? Or is there some other trick?
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@mrkampmann the reply from email goes to the channel. Everyone sees it if they are participants in the channel. Pretty cool and the channel is your privacy circle. There is a weblink to get full context when desired.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@mrkampmann oops. Yes. You can reply to the email to send to the channel. 😃
David Kampmann@mrkampmann · Brand and Social Media Consultant
@dscornell Ok. I think it might be an issue on my end. Move to private chat to discuss further?
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@mrkampmann sounds good
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
Interesting. We've been using Slack as a family chat tool (sue me, I'm a geek) but this look more suited to a social application.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@andreasduess slack works well as a family tool if you have that conforming family. We are more consumer driven and the family members can effectively have unlimited teams with others that each of you are not a part of. One stop shop. Also, grandma can get her participation via email - 2 way.
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@dscornell yes - just downloaded it and will get my long suffering wife to give this a whirl :D
Daylen@askdaylen · Student and Windows Insider in Vancouver
@andreasduess I have been using @Life360 due to their cross-platform support.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@andreasduess I am one of the folks on support, so I will hold her hand. My wife took a bit of time to dig deep, just chatting at first, now she is a power user! Web client coming soon which helps with longer form communication. Thanks.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@askdaylen I like that too. Seems a little more focused on knowing where people are.
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@askdaylen @life360 asks for more information than I am willing to share - including fitness tracking. I realize that they need that to make the app work, but it feels too intrusive for me.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@andreasduess it seemed good for parents watching kids.
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@dscornell For sure. But Apple has that functionality built into the OS, so I don't need to add an additional data share point with a third party. I haven't got my Android phone with me right now, but fairly certain the same applies there.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@andreasduess my kids have iPhones, but I don't follow them geo wise. If it was a 911, I assume I could get the info. I do make them have notifications turned on for my Hatch channels. If they are too slow to respond, no allowance!
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@dscornell That's the way to do it. Friend of mine posted (on FB) a picture of a paper note from a dad to his kids, listing chores that needed doing. Underneath the list was today's wifi password, once all chores were done, tomorrow's password would be released.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@andreasduess that's brilliant. Need a dashboard for wifi and cellular and make sure they can still call 911. It's more powerful than taking car keys. They can't uber around it. :-)
Keith Crawford@tsudo · Solutions Architect, Mainstream Tech
I use GroupMe in a similar fashion but interested to compare this approach. Doesn't it extend to SMS as well?
Tino Chow
Maker
@tinochow
@tsudo we current don't extend to SMS yet, only to email. We have it on our product road map. The reason being that, unlike GroupMe, we support threaded messaging. Each channel can have multiple conversation threads in them to help you organize thoughts and have sidebar conversations. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Daniel S Cornell
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@dscornell · Co-founder Hatch Messenger
@tsudo can you edit your posts in groupme? We definitely want to compete with groupme.