After almost a year of building, we’re very excited to launch Tidy for our first beta users.
You may say, fully of curiosity, what is Tidy?
Tidy is a knowledge engine – its a new type of animal that automatically organizes your company knowledge so that you can find anything that matters to you, instantly.
Also, thank you for being so curious, it’s very kind of you.
Now, you may wonder, how would I use it?
Looking for an answer to a question that was posted in a random Slack channel? Tidy’s got you. Looking for who in your company knows about post-modernist architecture? Tidy connects you. Looking for call notes a 2-year old project that you need to bring back to life? Tidy knows where it’s hidden.
Oh, now you want details!?
The world of work has gone digital and now everything that matters is lost behind a link. We used to have desks, where all our mess was in one place – our place. Then Microsoft gave us a desktop, where all our stuff was in a mess of folders – our folders. But today, in the web, it’s still a mess, but we don’t have a place where we can see it all. And it’s not just one type of thing, we’re talking all sorts of links we’ve visited, conversations we’ve had, files we’ve worked on, people we’ve worked with. We need a place of our own again, that we can share when necessary. And we don’t want to put in all the work to keep it neat. That’s where Tidy comes in. Tidy connect’s with all your stuff, and gets you organized, without you lifting a finger.
The short of it is that Tidy is a knowledge engine that organizes your work for you, so you can focus creating 🙂
Why isn’t this solved yet?
In part, this problem is so poorly solved today because it is complex. When Google indexes the web, it just searches through web-pages, which broadly have the same elements. Your stuff at work, isn’t that simple and, even though its all reachable via link, they’re behind login-walls and have totally different information structures.
Plus, companies spend millions to optimize so Google search engines can find them. Susan, from accounting, doesn’t have that kind of budget to help you find the reimbursement form.
But it gets even more complicated, because simple correlation-based or clustering-based approaches cannot capture the nuanced nature of the relationship between workflows, people, projects and files.
An entirely new method was needed to build the kind of knowledge engine needed at work. One that can represent and ‚understand‘ concepts and easily be adapted to individual user behavior. But…I’ll let you in on a secret…standing on the shoulders of some giants at Caltech, Stanford and Berlin’s own FU Berlin, we’ve found ourselves some magic. And we’re excited to share it with you.
Who are we?
The core of the Tidy team came together five years ago and started building machine learning projects for some lovely enterprises in need of outside help.
We built systems that bridged old tech stacks with latest technologies and methodologies. And over time we became more and more obsessed with the short-comings of the most popular machine learning approaches.
Finally, we got the itch to try our hands at something really hard, really big and (to us) really cool.
And here we are, we hope you like it 🤓
What’s the big deal?
Well, companies spend $500 billion on knowledge management every year (expected to grow to $1 trillion in the next five years!). So its a pretty big deal indeed.
And all the tools used today, like Confluence, Notion, Asana, spreadsheets, Drive folders — they require manual upkeep, that if we’re honest, you stop doing as soon as noones looking.
Tidy changes that paradigm. Do your work in peace, wherever you like doing it, and Tidy indexes it in the background so it’s right at your (or your team’s) fingertips, whenever you come looking again.
Well, thats all. Thank you for reading 😃