Quip Chat Rooms

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Hey everyone, I am the founder and CEO of Quip and happy to answer any questions you have.
@btaylor Been waiting for this announcement for forever, can't wait to check it out
Well, I'll start by saying that Quip is my favorite product. I use it every single day and it's my command center. That said, I'm not sure if I'm in the minority, but for me quip is definitely and intentionally an asynchronous environment and use case. Creating documents requires uninterrupted thought and attention...it is an exercise of minutes or even hours, not seconds...and i think the collaboration model prior to today honored that element of the use case. to me chat is a synchronous use case that doesn't really fit into my use case and mindset when using quip. @btaylor how does chat, as opposed to the prior messaging/collab features, supposed to fit into the document creation workflow?
@jordancooper That is a very insightful question - it's something we talked a lot about in building this product. In our experience, teams use a combination of asynchronous, thoughtful, permanent forms of communication (wikis, documents, etc) and synchronous, ephemeral forms of communication (chat). With Chat Rooms, we tuned the way notifications work to recognize the differences between the two modes of communication. You can have tens or hundreds of Chat Rooms without being overwhelmed. But the power comes in the integration. You can have an ad hoc chat discussion about a new design and, with the click of a button, start a design doc with everyone in the chat. We think the experience is greater than the sum of its parts because both forms of communication are important, and we think they should work seamlessly together.
Congrats to the team, been loving Quip for collaboration. The ability to collab over docs on mobile is unparalleled.
I'm very curious to see how all of the competition in docs / chat plays out. A quick, non-exhaustive roundup... Quip: (Mobile Docs) + Doc Chat + General Chat Dropbox: (Files) + In-doc chat + Composer Slack: (Chat) + Posts + Snippets Evernote: (Notes) + Work Chat + Context Google Docs: (Docs) + Chat + Comments + Email Notifications w/ replies Microsoft Word + Office 365: (Docs) + Chat + more Any thoughts on Quip's secret sauce @btaylor?
@btaylor @jasonyogeshshah Not only is there more to this list (Trello, Asana, Basecamp, etc etc...) but I think it misses the point. In this marketplace there doesn't have to be a secret sauce. People work differently and like different interfaces. Dropbox itself is a result of the cross-collaboration of multiple types of computers. What we need is a standard non-proprietary format to be the root of all of these. Maybe JSON is as close as we'll get.. or maybe we'll just have Yet Another Standard.
@btaylor @toobulkeh Hm. Yeah I def. think different strokes for different folks makes sense, and there are often several players in a given space, so no argument there really. I guess I'm more intrigued by the RECENT collision of historically distinct collaboration solutions - Quip had mobile docs, Evernote has personal notes, Yammer/Chatter/Hipchat/Slack had chat, Dropbox had files, Asana had tasks, Basecamp had tasks/projects too, Trello same...but now they're all (inevitably) doing what the others were doing before, with Evernote doing chat, Dropbox doing notes, and so on. That probably has happened before in history (enterprise software has always seen land-and-expand product strategies and user bases)...but the past 12-18 months has seen exceptional heat in this area.
Congrats Bret!