It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about it being Day One, and appreciating the start of the new year with fresh code, and even fresher ideas. We have a big vision to build beautiful, modern tools for the new ways we work.
As with many visions, ours took us down a long and windy path. We wanted to learn what features would really allow teams to be great. People told us that teams need task management tools. They need tools to manage meetings and take notes about action items. They need to get status updates, and maybe they needed goals and objectives. What about document collaboration? Everyone told us that that was huge and very important.
We built versions of these features in our product. And then we started to watch how people really worked. What we learned was shocking, though, perhaps not so much when we thought about it for a while.
What really makes great teams, great — and the features that people were hungry for — had almost nothing to do with tasks or documents or even collaboration.
It had to do with connecting, really connecting, with our coworkers. These are the people with whom we spend more of our waking time, every day, than we do anyone else. We go through new hire orientation with them and decipher benefits packages. We go to lunch with them, and take up running with them. We fight battles alongside them, and, sometimes, against them. We argue over who really reserved the conference room. And, we grab beers with them at the end of the day. We share the joy of a new baby, and the fear of a downsizing. We talk about the game last night, and bet on what’ll happen next week. We build beautiful, important products with them, and we make clients happy. And it is to these people, our coworkers and our friends, to whom we dedicate Anchor.
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