Logseq founder Tienson Qin takes plenty of notes about his work. He additionally likes to attract collectively together with his six 12 months outdated daughter on an iPad, and he discovered that the notes device he had been utilizing for years doesn’t run on the pill. So like all enterprising engineers, he determined to construct a brand new device that does.
Having the ability to share drawings together with his little one could have been an preliminary motivation for Qin, however he additionally wished to construct a device for connecting his work paperwork in a sort of inner net that could possibly be shared throughout any machine, both for a person or a workforce of customers.
“I wanted to make my life simpler, and to attach my notes so I may construct my ideas incrementally and join them collectively. So it began as a solo undertaking, and now we’re increasing that, and it will likely be an organization that we are going to construct a workforce round,” Qin informed me.
The thought just isn’t not like the net itself, which helps you to join associated info throughout techniques, however on this case, it’s about sharing data and analysis semantically for people and groups. Finally, this has the potential to be a system for extra simply managing data inside a corporation, a purpose that has been tried for years, however up to now has by no means succeeded utterly.
Qin discovered that present word instruments like Evernote and Notion didn’t join and arrange associated paperwork the best way he wanted, relying an excessive amount of on a hierarchical file construction. “Logseq is totally totally different. These platforms retailer textual content in single paperwork. Logseq shops inter-connected info in infinite graphs. This implies you could traverse a analysis quantity or dataset or CRM in Logseq by looking these interconnected graphs.”
That’s as a result of the open supply device is constructed on a graph database, to permit the system to construct semantic connections between paperwork, whether or not notes, analysis, info or PDF markups. “You’ve a set of key phrases, and you may join these concepts collectively by way of key phrases and what we name a reference so you possibly can reference this web page or this concept in one other web page and construct the connections on this manner,” he stated.
It’s additionally designed to permit the event of plug-ins so as to add parts that don’t exist within the base product corresponding to Google Calendar integration and a tagging device to increase the capabilities of the bottom device.
What’s extra, Qin says the undertaking has put a precedence on privateness and the corporate doesn’t have entry to any notes on the system, that are all saved domestically. The corporate solely launched the device in open supply in October, however reviews that giant organizations like Google, Meta and MIT have been utilizing Logseq.
For now the product simply consists of an editor, which is Markup language-based, however they’re engaged on further items together with real-time collaboration during which a number of customers can work on the identical doc on the similar time like a number of individuals engaged on a Google Doc. That functionality is predicted to be prepared quickly.
The thought is so compelling that Qin has raised $4.1M in preliminary capital led by Andreessen Horowitz together with the CEOs of Stripe, Github and Shopify. Customers together with groups at Google Mind, IDEO, Meta, Tesla, MIT, Stanford and Harvard additionally contributed to the spherical. The truth that customers are contributing is fairly uncommon, based on the corporate.