When I left Google half a year ago for a startup, I couldn’t tell you what we were doing…but now I can! We’re excited to announce our new product, Quip. It’s a modern word processor that lets you create beautiful documents on all of your devices – phone, tablet, and desktop – by focusing on collaboration, mobility, interactivity, and simplicity.
Check out our blog post and the New York Times article. More importantly, please give it a try! It’s free for personal use; just install the iOS app or sign up on the web. We also have a preview Android app, if you already have an account and you’re willing to tolerate some quirks.
Going to a small startup was a change after so long at Google, but it’s been great so far. Most of us had worked together before, so we shared a common culture, not to mention valuable experience from past startups. Oh, and our office is awesome.
On the technical side, I’ve been a bit of a mercenary. I’ve worked on every part of the codebase: the server and storage system, data model, synchronization protocol, web frontend, iOS app, and Android app. I had to learn lots of new things in short order, often overnight, which was challenging at times but always worthwhile.
On a related note, Google’s CEOs may have scored points with the code they used to write, but I love that Quip is small enough that Bret and Kevin still spend most of their time writing code. Not a bad sign.
In any case, I’m excited for you all to try it out. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!