Suhail Doshi’s new company, Mighty, is a faster browser streamed from the cloud

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April 27th, 2021
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Doshi’s master plan includes the idea that you won’t have to replace your computer so often — your browser is your main operating system, and that will stay fast with Mighty.
The co-founder of Mixpanel, Suhail Doshi, just launched his newest product, Mighty. He and the team at Mighty have been working for two years to create a faster browser that is entirely streamed from a powerful computer in the cloud.

“[W]e've created something that's indistinguishable from a Google Chrome that runs at 4K, 60 frames a second, takes no more than 500 MB of RAM, and often less than 30% CPU even with 50+ tabs open. This is the first step in making a new kind of computer.”
If you don’t know what that means, he said, imagine watching Netflix but the video is streaming from a server — a very fast, optimized one — somewhere else.

Suhail announced a step back from his role as CEO at Mixpanel three years ago, (transitioning into Chairman of the Board) noting that he planned to spend more time tinkering around with side projects and getting back to programming. For the last 2 years, he’s been working on Mighty and today he shipped it out to the Product Hunt community.
In his blog revealing Mighty, Doshi explains that its speed will enable users to have 50+ tabs open without your computer coming to a crawl. It’ll also give users 2+ hours of battery life, reduce the fan noise from your overworked hardware, and make designing in apps like Figma feel 2x faster.

Suhail explained why Mighty focused on browser speed, noting that originally, he and the team expected to tackle streaming Microsoft Windows instead.

“The OS is becoming increasingly irrelevant as we near the end of a multi-decade shift from desktop to web apps. From the user's point of view, the browser is the operating system.”

However, browser speed is just one component of the master plan Doshi’s created. Mighty expects to reignite the future of desktop computing. In his blog on the launch, Doshi explains how computer power users today end up switching out their hardware for newer, pricier models every few years. Suhail envisions the opposite: a future where we upgrade less, replacing expensive computers with lower-powered ones, yet still achieving multi-day battery life.

Critics may deem software speed less necessary as hardware improves, but Suhail views things as a virtuous cycle where one inspires the other.
By changing the constraints we're all used to as software and hardware engineers, a new kind of computer is possible. A computer that can directly benefit consumers to take advantage of cloud infrastructure and networking.
Mighty is now onboarding new users from their waitlist every week.
Published on
April 27th, 2021
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Unemployed philosopher who makes games.
So this is Chrome OS #2? #JustAsking