Wow, what an amazing year it’s been! Today we’re happy to celebrate the one year anniversary of our public launch. In the past year we have received an incredible amount of feedback, learned a ton, and changed the way that thousands of businesses communicate.
There were many important features that didn’t make it into the initial launch (gotta get that minimum viable product) but we’ve had a productive year. Big additions include:
- The Files & Links sidebar
- User photos
- Spell checking, inline image previews, and paste formatting
- Increased admin control
- Web chat
- SMS chat
- REST API
- Integrations with GitHub, Google Code, Heroku, MailChimp, and Pivotal Tracker
- Pasting of files and images directly from your clipboard
- Status messages
- Guest access
- Video chat
- Link previews
Behind the scenes we’ve increased our servers 5x, moved from a dining room into a real office, and raised $100k. We gave out tshirts to awesome people at SXSW and sent stickers to users all over the world. We’ve also had a few late night server fixing sessions, fixed some seriously annoying bugs, and had a ton of fun.
Our users have been busy too. Many teams have sent hundreds of thousands of messages while working to launch impressive products of their own. We’d like to thank all of you for making us a part of your business. Your bug reports, patience, and help in spreading the word about HipChat have been a big help.
We’re growing quickly (every week in 2011 has been our biggest ever) but know there’s still a lot to do. Keep an eye on this blog and Twitter so you’ll be the first to know when we release our native iPhone app, XMPP access, and all the other goodies we have planned.