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Year of the Maker: a chat with Coda’s CEO Shishir Mehrotra

We started 2019 by working on core building blocks — launching mobile, automation, Packs Tables, and so on. In 2020, our work will be geared toward simple scenarios like note-taking and to-do lists and making sure that they really shine in Coda.
Originally published 1/16/2020

2019 was a very busy year for us. We launched Coda 1.0
and
Coda 2.0. Somewhere in between, we found the time and energy to release over
and improvements. To recap it all, our CEO Shishir Mehrotra and our Educator Maria Marquis sat down to reflect on 2019 and look forward to Coda’s 2020 plans.

Watch the entire Crowdcast or check out the highlights below:

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Shishir’s favorite features and docs of 2019.

With our
mobile launch
(as part of
), we delivered on the
docs as powerful as apps
message that we’ve been using since the inception of the company. Now when you pull up a Coda doc, like
, on your phone, the building blocks you’ve added
feel
like a native app. Without additional work, doc sections become the bottom tabs, everything fits to your screen, and doc notifications are pushed to your phone.


connect Coda to the apps you and your team use every day, like Slack and Gmail. We particularly love how Des Traynor, co-founder of Intercom and very busy person, uses them to triage his calendar, email, and to-do list
.


We
halfway through 2019 to minimize and organize the toolbar, collapse the side navigation, and align your content. With a bit of design magic, the refresh shifted the focus from our work to yours.


Lessons learned in 2019.

The Coda Community is comprised of our biggest champions; they give us the best, most detailed feedback. While we relied on that feedback and creativity to inspire the features launched in 2019, the community also helped us pivot quickly when we missed the mark on pricing.

We started 2019 by working on core building blocks — launching mobile, automation, Packs Tables, and so on. In 2020, our work will be geared toward simple scenarios like note-taking and to-do lists and making sure that they really shine in Coda.

2020: Year of the Maker.

We believe 2020 is the Year of the Maker. Every day we encounter makers who have unique ideas and insights for how work gets done. We want to make it easier for them to not just turn those ideas into Coda docsーbut share them with others, too.

Shishir sometimes refers to Coda docs as “productized blog posts”ーinteractive versions of an idea that others can read, experience, and app. We’ve seen many blog posts, personal philosophiesーand tweets evenーturn into useful Coda docs for other makers. What will you publish?

We’re also excited to hear and respond to
your ideas
for Coda this year. During the chat, we asked attendees to compile a
. And good news! Many of the features are currently in the works — stay tuned.

In the meantime, we want to know how you envision doing your work in Coda. We invite you to share the details — essays welcome — on the
!
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