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Fleep: a look back at Q1 and plans for Q2

The first quarter of the year is over, which means it’s time for our quarterly review! Let’s take a look at what Fleep delivered in Q1 of 2016 – and what we will be working on in Q2.

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A picture from our quarterly readouts & Spring offsite. We’re not really that aimless, honestly.

First, a review of the biggest improvements and launches in Q1:

  • Fleep emailEmail linking - the feature that enables you to connect your email account with Fleep. This means you can send and receive emails in Fleep with your existing email address!
  • ­Labels 2.0 – this update to Fleep conversations labels lets you manage the labels in an improved way. You can customize what conversations will be shown in the conversation list and which conversations will appear under the Recent and Muted labels.
  • Forward message action – this feature means you can now forward messages with just a few clicks. Simple as that!
  • New integrations – we added outgoing webhooks, IFTTT integration, Slack integration and the Giphy integration.
  • Some UI redesigns – in case you haven’t noticed, the Taskboard, All Conversations view, and Create new conversation flow got a new, fresh look!
  • API v3 – this means a new syncing logic that significantly improves speed upon sign in across platforms.

So, what do we have planned for Q2? We’ll start with finishing unfinished business and then move on to new things. Here’s an overview of what we will be focusing on in Q2:

  • Conversations bulk actions – this is something the Fleep users who have gradually replaced their email clients with Fleep have fleeprequested, but all users will appreciate. A quick, handy way to organize your conversations: delete, archive or mark several conversations read with one action.
  • Teams - We are closer than ever to this long-awaited functionality. The teams feature will enable you to create teams – and then add or remove the whole team from conversations with a one click action. Perhaps even more importantly, if someone is added to an existing team, they will also be added to all team conversations. And vice versa – if someone is removed from the team, they will also be removed from all of those team conversations!
  • Email list behavior – we are working on the option to have Fleep conversations act as email lists, using the conversaiton email address as the sender. This will significantly improve the experience of big group conversations that include email participants.
  • Multiple VM’s support – Behind the scenes, we’re also working on scaling our server infrastructure to better serve increasing server load.

We hope you like the direction we’re going in! If you have any questions or feedback for us – do not hesitate to reach out to us at support@fleep.io.

Fleep in 2015: What we shipped last year

Fleep 2015Another year is coming to an end – and as we fare well to 2015, it’s time to review what we built this year.

At Fleep, we ship a lot – with two releases every week, we’re always updating and improving your experience of Fleep. Needless to say, we shipped A LOT in 2015.

Here, we’d like to give you an overview of Fleep in 2015, and highlight the bigger deliveries. Just follow the links if you’d like to read more about any specific feature or launch!

More or less chronologically, here’s an overview of Fleep year 2015 product releases:

  • Fleep username – this was a big one. Your Fleep username (previously, Fleep ID) is your identity in Fleep and it is compatible with email. It’s what others can use to find you in Fleep – and the email-compatibility means you can receive emails sent to your Fleep username. Many people are happily using their Fleep username as their primary email address!
What’s next?

In early 2016, you will be able to connect your Gmail or Google Apps email to Fleep. This will allow you to send and receive email messages in Fleep while maintaining your existing email address. Yeah, that’s the same feature that Business Insider is excited about.

fleep_illustration_01But that’s not all. Linking Gmail and Google Apps to Fleep is the first step – links to other email services will be added gradually.

Other things in our pipeline include the forward message action, Google Drive integration, support for multiple accounts and more… Stay tuned.

 

What about our team? 

In 2015 the Fleep Team grew a bit and we’re officially going as strong as ever.

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We welcomed a few colorful characters to the team, who don’t just get stuff done, but also enjoy themselves along the ride.

This year, we had quite a lot of fun with our team, too – at our quarterly retreats, at WebSummitSlushRefresh as well as… in the office and outside the office :).

What about the users?

We wouldn’t be doing any of this without our users.

We love our users. It’s incredible how many of you are dedicated to giving us feedback, how many of you love sporting Fleep shirts and hoodies, and how your reviews have made Fleep the messeaging app with the highest average rating on Google Play.

fleep_illustration_10We also love how our user base keeps growing. In 2015, we continued sharing Fleep User Stories and also did a few of those in video format (Bigbank and Team Naw). Get in touch with Fleep Support if you’d like to share your Fleep User Story on our blog!

From all of the 16 Fleep team members, we’d like to say THANKS for a great year everyone!
We look forward to a fleepin’ awesome 2016 with you.

Fleep: Integrations improvements

fleep_illustration_10Fleep is a great team communication tool and alternative to email, but it’s even more powerful when it speaks to the other tools you use in your everyday work. This is why we have made sure there are many Fleep integrations with the tools and services our users work with on a daily basis.

Recently, we added quite a few new Fleep integrations and also improved existing ones to make your experience even better. So, without further ado, we are excited to announce…

Fleep integrationsDropbox!

The fresh-out-of-the-oven Dropbox integration lets you choose files from your Dropbox and post them into Fleep conversations. It does not require any setup and is super easy to use. Curious to see how it works?

Take a look at the Dropbox integration info page for an overview.

Sameroom

The integration with Sameroom is pretty magical. If you’d like to use Fleep as your universal communication tool, you can use Sameroom to set that up. Within minutes, you can use Sameroom to bridge your Fleep conversation to a conversation on Skype, to HipChat and others.

Read more in this blog post or take a look at the setup process on the Sameroom integration info page.

Bitbucket Server

We built the integration with Bitbucket (in the cloud) a while back, and now we also have a customized webhook for Bitbucket Server. This is so you can receive updates about the changes in your Bitbucket repository into a Fleep conversation.

You can have a look at the Bitbucket Server integration info page for an overview of how it works and how to set it up.

Zapier

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We love the Fleep and Zapier integration because it connects Fleep to literally hundreds of other tools out there. You can set up Zapier to send messages from other services to Fleep conversations – and it’s really easy to set up.

Read more about why we love the Fleep and Zapier integration in this blog post or take a look at our Zapier info page for more info on the setup.

JIRA updates

The Fleep-JIRA integration is a popular one among our users – and recently it got even better. It now supports a bunch of new events: configuration related events, sprint events, board events, worklog events and workflow transition events.

Check out the Fleep-JIRA integration info page for more info.

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What’s next?

We have a few more integrations brewing for you, the most exciting of which is probably the upcoming Google Drive integration that will work in a similar way as the Dropbox one currently does. Let us know if you have any requests or feedback for us! As always, you can reach out to us at support@fleep.io. Happy Fleeping!

Web Summit 2015 highlights

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Photo cred: Web Summit

Web Summit team – we are impressed by your hustle. Having grown from 400 attendees to over 40,000 in a matter of five years, Web Summit really is the “everyone’s there” summit for the tech scene in Europe.

This year, half of our team traveled to Web Summit, for various reasons – to see what’s new and cutting edge in the tech world, to catch up with friends-colleagues-partners-investors, to rock the Fleep booth and to eat a lot of mussels. (Seriously, the mussels in Dublin are amazing!)

It’s near-impossible to summarize the whole spectacle that is Web Summit, but we’ve given our best shot at compiling the team’s highlights from the event. Without further ado, here are our Web Summit 2015 highlights!

The OnePlus story

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Pete Lau, Founder and CEO of OnePlus. Photo cred: Web Summit blog

Johannes from Fleep found the story of OnePlus really compelling – how they’ve had seriously accelerated growth with very small investments in marketing.

“I think it’s neat how they built the momentum on exclusivity,” Johannes shares. “There’s something special about creating exclusivity around a product – - or even urgency, with a sense that maybe they’ll run out!”

Well, it definitely worked for OnePlus, who have reported hundreds of millions in revenue already.

Benedict Evans

Marketing Summit was probably the most underrated part of Web Summit. We’re not complaining though! This meant top notch seats in front of speakers like Benedict Evans.

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Benedict Evans, ‘Partner’ at Andreessen Horowitz. Photo cred: Web Summit blog.

Benedict’s session was especially enjoyable because he’s an excellent speaker. He was completely at home being on stage, sharing some excellent thoughts.

Additionally, Benedict’s session was one of several at Web Summit that made Jaak from our team realize that, “The best part of Web Summit is how you learn about new things that are completely outside of the box. You get to hear about ideas or viewpoints that are ingenious, that you would not have thought of yourself, yet when you hear about it, it sort of clicks – and you start nodding along.”

Benedict shared a lot of nuggets like that – for example, he challenged us to think what we really mean by “Mobile” technology. He also pointed out that the time and again, the general skepticism of the success of mobile (from “mobile will never replace landlines” to “mobile will never be big”) has been proven unfounded.

Andres from our team really liked how Benedict sees the Internet of Things as the life-changing technological breakthrough of our generation: our grandparents knew what devices in their household had an electric motor, our parents knew what devices in their household had a microchip, and we know what devices in the household are connected to the internet.

Ryan Smith on company culture

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Ryan Smith, CEO and co-founder of Qualtrics. Photo cred: Independent

Katheriin from Fleep is a sucker for anything related to company culture. And Ryan Smith from Qualtrics really nailed it with his casual talk on the main stage. Among other things, he said: ”We hire people to think.“,  ”Don’t let others decide when you’ve made it.” and “Startup culture comes from scar tissue.”

But Ryan’s talk wasn’t just inspiring, it was really down to earth. He explained that culture has to get better every year – it is not about achieving “good culture”, it’s about constantly developing it. Right on, Ryan.

Actually making it to Web Summit

Our co-founders Henn and Asko made their way to Dublin via London… Which ended up being a road trip due to the fog that disturbed the flights. Regretfully, they thus missed a whole day of the summit: “Compared to the previous year, I really have much less to take away from Web Summit 2015,” said Henn. “Mainly because we arrived day later and then meetings took most of my time.”

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Henn on stage at Web Summit 2015. Photo cred: Web Summit.

Well, meetings and actually getting on the stage to talk about the future of communication. Henn is a modest guy – surely speaking at Web Summit was his true highlight!

His (other) highlights included the conversation with Ed Catmull from Pixar and the panel on what sport stars really think of social media: ”I only made it to last two panels on the Centre Stage. I liked the Pixar one: my main the main takeaway was that running a company is a hard task. This is so mainly because it means aligning individuals behind a common goal – no matter if you’re producing new movie or building a product like we do at Fleep.”

We could go on and on – there was just so much going on! But these were our top highlights from Web Summit 2015. Looking forward to Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon!

Next stop, Slush.