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Michael DubakovFounder, Fibery.io
Digest

#25. Lost August 2020

September 01, 20207 min read

Cover photo: Igor Litvinenko, tut.by

TLDR: Elections ♟. WTF??? 🤦🏻‍♀️ Violence 🤬. Shock 🙈. Revolution 🕊. Depression 🌑. Hope… 🌓

Flashback: #24. Breaking through July 2020.

Main numbers ( sign shows the changes between May, June, July & August):

Fibery. Connected workspace for teams.

Leads/month:       1100  → 700   → 750  → 700
Active Accounts:   120   → 135   → 140  → 155
Team size:         14    → 14    → 14   → 19
Burn rate:         $60K  → $60K  → $60  → $85K/month  
MRR:               $1.7K → $2.2K → $3.1 → $3.6K/month

Overview

Minsk, Belarus. Photo by NYT, August 2020
Minsk, Belarus. Photo by NYT, August 2020

August was a stormy month in Belarus. Here is a decent summary in NYT: A Crackdown in Belarus Backfires. It’s extremely hard to focus on work under these circumstances, so we did not do much in August. Zero effort on marketing and some product development — that’s all we’ve done. Give us some hugs…

Nobody knows how this situation will unfold. We do hope that justice and freedom will win. Maybe not today. Maybe even not tomorrow. But soon.

We are proud that some Belarusian non-profits use Fibery ✌️.

Nevertheless, Fibery adoption and metrics are looking better and better. For example, here are active accounts and active user trends:

Fibery active accounts.
Fibery active accounts.

Fibery active users.
Fibery active users.

North Star metric went South in the beginning of August, but jumped back now:

Fibery North Star — a number of users that use Fibery collaboratively
Fibery North Star — a number of users that use Fibery collaboratively

Retention is improving even further: 7% after three weeks looks quite good.

Fibery accounts retention by weeks and by cohorts. Dark blue - fresh accounts.
Fibery accounts retention by weeks and by cohorts. Dark blue - fresh accounts.

Vizydrop team joined Fibery ❤️, Lena left 💔

We’re proud to announce that the whole Vizydrop team joined Fibery in August. It consists of six fantastic engineers: Oleg Seriaga, Kate Semikova (QA), Konstantin Krivlenya, Eugene Kisel, Daria Krupenkina (Design) and Michael Yermolayev.

The whole team started to work on integrations already. The first integrations will be Intercom and GitHub, but it’s a framework, so more will follow shortly.

Lena Dorogenskaya decided to leave Fibery and start her own project in education space. Lena, you’re amazing, and we wish you to succeed and be happy!

Product Companies Workspace Setup

Default workspace for product companies is almost ready. We are about to start giving demos. Here is how the schema looks like (don’t panic):

Product companies workspace schema. There are many connections.
Product companies workspace schema. There are many connections.

NOTE: If you’re CPO/Head of Product/Product Manager and want to take a look at holistic product management workspace, give us a note new@fibery.io and we’ll arange a demo.

VC

In two weeks we’ll have our first tranche ($700K), but so far it’s a debt, not a fully closed seed round. Paperwork is demanding more time than we expected, so no official announcement about the round yet. But it’s close.

Product Updates

Remember, it’s hard to work during the revolution. Here’re the updates:

DONE

Customize Fields in Board Lanes and Timeline rows

Now you can see more fields in columns and rows in Board View. For example, you can configure Sprint Plan View to include capacity:

Customize Fields in Board Lanes

Customize Fields in Board Lanes

Lookup for Collections

Now you can aggregate entities from lower levels and display them as a collection on a higher level. For example, you have hierarchy Product → Epic → Feature and you want to see all Features inside Product. you can create a lookup field to do that:

Lookup for lower-level hierarchy entities collections

Lookup for lower-level hierarchy entities collections

Text Formulas

Finally you can use text in formulas. For example, create a composite text field:

Name + " " + [Public Id]

or create a clever URL fields:

"https://www.google.com/maps/search/?api=1&query=" + Address

Check all formula references.

Undo in Table View

We are working on Undo and in this release Undo works in Table View. You can do several actions and undo them using Cmd+Z. Note that Undo works till page refresh.

Undo in Table View

Undo in Table View

Bi-linked Text

We’ve released Bi-Directional Hypertext Links in Fibery in June, and this iteration improves linking possibilities.

Now you can select text and bi-link it to any entity in Fibery. For example, link text from an interview to insights (use Cmd + L shortcut to do it fast):

Use Cmd + L shortcut to quickly link selected text to any entity.

Use Cmd + L shortcut to quickly link selected text to any entity.

Text links are bi-directional. Jump to the linked insight and see back reference to the interview:

Jump to the linked entity.

Jump to the linked entity.

IN PROGRESS

Create a new Entities from Search console

Quite often you want to create some entity when it’s not found. For example, you didn’t find a bug and want to create one. Soon it will be possible:

Create a new Feature when you did not find one
Create a new Feature when you did not find one

Better Permissions

Still not there, but at least it is closer now. Soon we will have The True No Access permissions for everything, and as a next step we will improve permissions UI and defaults settings. Then we will add read-only free access, and finally will start per-entity permissions implementation (top request).

Apps Export/Import

This functionality is very close, we are testing it and fixing bugs. In 1-2 weeks you will be able to export any app and share it via a direct link for importing. Here is the flow for Ideation app:

Ideation app Export & Import flow

Ideation app Export & Import flow.

Basic Undo

We got fed up recovering unexpected actions, so we’ve made Undo for Table View. Now it should be added to Board, Timeline, Calendar and Entity Views. Look, it’s almost ready.

Board View Undo after cards drag and drop

Board View Undo after cards drag and drop.

Integrations (Intercom and many other)

We are working on a framework that will sync data from external systems to Fibery. The progress is good and in September we’ll have something workable.

Jira sync mockup
Jira sync mockup

Link Docs and Whiteboards to Entities

Sometimes you want to create a Whiteboard inside an entity, for example, inside a Feature or Idea. Currently it is not possible, but we are going to make it possible.

Automatically link entities based on rules

When we will feed data into Fibery from external systems, we’ll want to connect entities automatically based on some rules. For example, link Chats from Intercom to Accounts in Fibery, link Pull Requests from GitHub to Features in Fibery, etc.

We’ve started to work on this automatic linking engine and it will be possible to setup rules for relations, like this:

Set a relation between Chat and Account based on a rule
Set a relation between Chat and Account based on a rule

🏓 Random

Random image from Instagram:

Random link from our Slack channel:

The reMarkable 2 is the latest attempt to turn your paper notepad digital

Random quote:

The Roam vision for human knowledge is a collective, open-source intelligence, constantly rearranging, iterating and evolving in the pursuit of truth. Each of us would become a node within this collective intelligence, forging links and creating networks, sharing the very best each has to offer, improving ourselves even as we improve others, and advancing the interests of humanity as a whole.

Not so random tweet:

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