Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2019….wasn’t it the millennium just a couple of years ago?!?
Anyhoo, it’s been amazing past twelve months, both personally and for Overleaf, and I’m looking forward to a fun and exciting 2019 ahead.
At Overleaf we’ve collected together a short collection of personal reflections from the year just gone; we hope you find them interesting, or at the very least, a brief insight into that make Overleaf the team, product and service it is 🙂
You can read them here: https://www.overleaf.com/blog/reflections-on-an-amazing-year-2018-comes-to-a-close
Update: Thanks for all the comments about this post on HackerNews, and especially for all the kind words about Overleaf. One commenter suggested I could make more prominent the link to our recent announcement about ShareLaTeX joining Overleaf, so here it is 🙂
About five years ago John Lees-Miller and I had a trip to forget to San Francisco. We had made it through to the interview stage at YC with our collaborative writing platform, called WriteLaTeX.
TL;DR – Things didn’t go well in the interview, but we pressed on regardless and today have a successful, investor-backed business that now serves over two million users worldwide.
I promised to write Matthew Partridge of Errant Science a blog post, and it ended up being about the inception of WriteLaTeX (now Overleaf), with some hopefully useful advice for new founders just starting out. Here it is if you feel like reading more: https://clutter.errantscience.com/2017/07/31/reflecting-on-the-founding-growth-and-maturing-of-overleaf/
If you have similar / different stories of how you got started, feel free to post them in the comments here or on the blog post linked above. If you’re in London on the 25th September and are working in the science / research / publishing space, you should definitely come to our next #FuturePub event that evening.
We still have some speaking slots available if you fancy giving a lightning talk — just let me know 🙂
I’m talking about the review process in science in the latest edition of Research Information!
Read the full online version of the article here 🙂
Almost exactly a year since we first walked through the doors into the Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV) accelerator programme we’ve now closed our first major investment round. It’s an amazing feeling to finally have everything signed and sealed, and it’s a great time for the team as we can now really push on with the next phase of our growth and development.
BGV asked if I’d sum up my thoughts on the investment process for their blog – and the article is now out: http://bethnalgreenventures.com/2014/08/01/what-its-like-to-raise-investment/
If you’re in a hurry, the TL;DR is “If you’ve not raised investment before, it will take longer than you think – be prepared for this by knowing people who have raised before.”
Well that was a nice surprise! Last week Overleaf (the new collaborative scientific writing platform we’ve built following on from the success of writeLaTeX) was crowned the Innovative Internet Business of 2014 at the Nominet Internet awards!