Startup History

Discover a collection of articles that chronicle the journeys of startups and digital tools. Each piece offers a detailed look at the evolution, milestones, and critical moments in the life of these companies and products.

The Rise and Fall of Skype: A Journey Through Its History

April 4, 2023 14 Min Read

Skype was once a leading communication platform that changed the way people interacted with each other online. Often credited with revolutionizing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, Skype is considered a pioneer of online communication.  But here’s the thing — they’re not the top dog anymore. Skype’s popularity has waned over the years leaving many to wonder what happened to the once-dominant platform. Did they drop the ball, or were…

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A Review of Notion and The Powerful Rise of No-Code Project Management

May 6, 2022 15 Min Read

Like many other startups, Notion didn’t have what you’d call a “smooth ride.” After a fair share of ups and downs and a near failure in 2015, co-founders Ivan Zhao and Simon Last were forced to rebuild the app from scratch. In this Notion review, we put on our detective hats and dig into the history of the product, its founding team, and the Lego-like approach to project management. 📚…

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What Is Web3? It’s More Than Just Crypto Companies: The Powerful Rise of Web3 Startups Explained

April 16, 2022 16 Min Read

Snake oil peddling, Ponzi scheme, or a true revolution? Web3 (a.k.a. Web 3.0) is another hot topic in the “let’s argue about the future of tech” lineup, right next to the Metaverse and the bizarre world of NFT art. What is Web3? How does it work? Here’s everything you need to know. 🌐 Before you start… Are you passionate about cutting-edge technology? Do you want to learn more about the…

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The History of Markdown: A Prelude to the No-Code Movement

March 25, 2022 16 Min Read

When Markdown launched in 2004, it instantly became a darling of bloggers and tech enthusiasts. It also laid the foundation for future no-code tools. Almost two decades later, this “humane” markup language (more on that in a bit) is more relevant than ever. Want to know how it all started? Buckle up and let’s take a look back at the fascinating history of Markdown. 💡Calling all productivity historians… The history…

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History of the To-Do List and How to Get Yours Organized

March 25, 2022 18 Min Read

Get a mini-toothpaste, *check*, take down the Manfredi crime family, *check*! Apparently, even superheroes use to-do lists to get stuff done. Haven’t seen Spiderman: Far From Home? That’ll have to wait because, in today’s article, we take a look at the history of the to-do list and some high achievers who’ve mastered it. Plus, you’ll learn how to make your to-dos stick! Love it or hate it, the to-do list…

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A Review of Zapier’s History: Rise of The No-Code Movement

March 19, 2022 16 Min Read

Zapier has contributed to the creation of a new way of software development that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s called No-Code, and it is currently taking over software development. Here’s the history of Zapier and its role in shaping this new world. It is predicted that by 2025, 70% of new applications will use no-code or low-code technologies.(1) And while No-Code is not new and has been…

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A Review of Slack, Glitch, and The History of Simple Real-Time Communication

March 12, 2022 14 Min Read

Slack is a well-known messaging app that wasn’t intended to be one. And yet today, many businesses all over the world still rely on it for remote communication. If you’re not familiar with the history of Slack, this article will take you back in time and show how it all started.  💡 Before you start… Want to learn how other popular tools evolved over the years? Check similar articles on…

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A Review of Trello and the History of Simple Kanban Boards

March 1, 2022 11 Min Read

Founded in 2014 as part of Fog Creek Software, Trello gained traction thanks to its unique take on Kanban boards. After years of steady growth and the acquisition by Atlassian in 2017, it’s still a popular Kanban tool, even if it lacks some of its former luster. Let’s take a deep dive into the history of Trello, its successes and failures, and where it stands today. 💡 Want to peek…

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A Review of Basecamp: The Complex History Behind The Simple Project Management App

February 22, 2022 14 Min Read

The history of Basecamp, an internal tool turned into a fully-fledged project management app, is the stuff of legend. In today’s article, we take an in-depth look at the origins of 37signals, Basecamp development, and the lessons we can learn from its 20 year-long journey. ⏩ Fast forward to the past… Ready to take a deep dive into the fascinating tales behind popular productivity and collaboration tools? Check these articles…

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A Review of HipChat’s History: The Amazing Rise and Fall of The Team Messaging Platform

February 2, 2022 14 Min Read

The history of HipChat is full of twists and turns. After dominating the business communication space, the app that blazed a trail for real-time collaboration ended on a heap of dead software. So, what exactly went wrong with HipChat? Why did it lose in the HipChat vs. Slack grapple? Let’s wind back the clock and find out! 💡 Before you start… Would you like to learn how remote collaboration tools…

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A Review of Evernote and The Powerful History of Digital Note-Taking (Updated 2024)

November 30, 2021 21 Min Read

There was a time when Stepan Pachikov’s Evernote—originally EverNote—was synonymous with digital note-taking. In today’s article, we take a look at the history of Evernote, the evolution of its product, and where the company stands today. 💡 Before you start… If you love note-taking like we do, be sure to check other note-taking articles on the blog when you’re done reading. 📗 Key Milestones in the History of Evernote Early…

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The History of Wunderlist: A Tribute to the Most Powerful To-Do List (Updated)

August 30, 2021 23 Min Read

A little over a year ago, Microsoft killed Wunderlist, the Internet’s favorite to-do app created by a German startup 6Wunderkinder in 2009. In today’s article, we take a look at the history of Wunderlist and the impact it made on the productivity space. While Wunderlist servers shut down on May 6, 2020, many still feel disappointed by Microsoft’s move. Sacrificing the well-polished Wunderlist to make place for To-Do was not…

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