Get cozy at work
During these strange times of world pandemic and lockdown, our team has crafted a brand new Station. 💡 💫
The new Station is a browser extension offering you the fastest and most powerful search across all your work applications. We are bringing the unified search (one of our most powerful features yet) straight into your browser. As a result, we have decided to discontinue support for the current desktop application in order to focus entirely on this new product.
This might come as a surprise, so let me briefly answer 3 questions:
🤔 Why do this?
🌟 What is the new Station about?
💽 What will happen to the old Station?
There are 2 fundamental reasons for this move:
Station grew fast in its early days but we hit a ceiling because we failed to deliver a fast enough product that could solve one single problem really well.
We were at a crossroad facing 3 main options:
As you know, we chose the last option. It wasn't an easy decision for our team, simply because it meant throwing away pretty much 99% of the code we ever wrote in the last 3 years and we didn't want to disappoint you. But fear and past achievements should never hold you back from the truth.
We read through thousands of user interviews and survey answers from 300,000+ users who at some point in their life, just like you, tried out Station. Two things became clear:
The new Station was born 💡
If you are interested in the long story around this pivot, I wrote another more detailed piece here.
If you are interested in the technical aspects, our engineer Hugo published a great article here.
Our small team has only one mission: ease your workday. But there are many ways to achieve this. We are still building the one app to rule them all, but we are forging it one line of code at a time, at the heart of your existing workflow. Easing your workday starts with adapting to your workflow, not force you into a new one.
In short, the new Station will be different in two main ways:
We spend about 1/3 of our workdays looking for information (or bothering others about it). Meanwhile, we switch window on average 373 times a day, or once every 40 seconds. We basically spend most of our working hours switching from one thing to another across the many applications we use. We want to make those interactions faster and less painful so you can focus on working your magic rather than the path to get there.
Our vision hasn't changed since the early days: we are still building the operating system for work. But we are now laser-focused on the problem we want to fix. We are building the best search experience across all your apps (the Spotlight for work) and the single source of truth for all of your team's resources (the File System for SaaS). Whether it's a spreadsheet on Google Drive, a channel on Slack, a note on Notion, or a PR on Github, pretty much everything we now need to get work done hides behind a URL somewhere. We want to help you get to that information at the speed of light.
Ever since the first Mac OS came out in 1984, one of the key purposes of any operating system has been to help you switch to information fast (aka the search) and find any resource easily (aka the file system). Browsers have now essentially become our new operating system at work, that is the new reality. Yet finding information and switching across resources on a browser is really painful and it's made even more painful by the sheer amount of apps we now use to get work done. The browser was never designed with that new reality in mind. We are simply building the searchable file system your work deserves.
We are currently in private Beta and you can request early access right here. All current active users will be granted access. That's the least we can do. Station would never be what it is without you ❤️
Our team is now fully focused on building the new Station. What that means is:
We completely understand that it may be frustrating for some of you who were content with the current app. I was myself confronted with the same situation a few months ago so I can help you think it through. You have 3 main options:
I sincerely hope this advice proves useful to you!
Meanwhile, our team would love to hear from you 💌
You can ask for support on the new version in our Beta community here or email me directly at julien[at]stationhq.com.
Stay safe everyone.
The Station Team