We want to be as open as possible to our community about Source. We enjoy networking and meeting people to spread our story and answer any questions that people may have. Whenever we tell people we meet about our platform we get bombarded with questions as people are eager to learn as much as possible. However, most of you are unable to meet one of our team members in person to be able to learn more about Source. As we move towards building out our distributed fileless information management system we want to give everyone the same insight into our thoughts and what drives us. It is important to us that all of the stakeholders of Source have access to the same info. We will be posting answers on our blog to the most common questions we get asked by investors, partners, and users. If you have a question you would like us to answer, connect with us on our social channels; Twitter, Facebook, Telegram or email us at email@example.com.
With that in mind, let us start by answering the most common question of all.
How did we come to the idea of Source?
We wish that we could say that it was just something that came to us. Rather, as is the case with most startups, Source is the culmination of attempts to fix a pain that the founders were experiencing. A pain so constant that we decided we had to build something to get rid of it. As freelancers working amongst our selves and clients, we’ve worked with people using all kinds of productivity applications. Enterprises preferring to use Microsoft Office, startups using G Suite, and SMBs using everything in between. For a long time productivity app friction was not a problem — Office was the one productivity suite that almost everyone used. Google drove a wedge into the Microsoft monopoly with G Suite. Productivity app fragmentation is only increasing with startups such as Pitch, Coda, and Notion entering the market as well as established companies like Slack, Zoho, and SalesForce throwing their offerings in with the hopes of grabbing a share of the market. It is a constant struggle to collaborate with today’s productivity app fragmentation, and it’s not going to get easier.
Each new application comes with their own file formats. Files imprison our information and make it difficult, if not impossible, to collaborate between apps, use your own app of choice, or even switch to other productivity apps. Their goal is to keep their users within their product offering and hope that this friction would cause others to try and sign up for their product. This works for Microsoft Office. Why wouldn’t it work for all of the new apps? Office comes from a different time when companies made the decision for the software their employees used. Today, workforces are expecting and demanding the freedom of choice. Just as how organizations offer BYOD when it comes to mobile devices, those expectations are manifesting in all aspects of an organization’s workforce.
How we work is also changing as millennials shift office dynamics, and teams become more fluid and distributed. As freelancing continues to grow at an extraordinary pace, it is expected that the majority of U.S. workers will be freelancing by 2027 according to projections in the Freelancing in America Survey. The growth in the freelance economy and the demand for choice within organizations means that the pain that we experienced ourselves will extend to the majority of the workforce in the future.
We believe that in order to eliminate these problems a drastic change is necessary. We will need to move from file management systems to information management systems. The team at Source is building just such a platform. Our distributed fileless information management system enables everyone to use their favorite productivity application while making the content interoperable with any other application integrated with Source.
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