As we count down the waning seconds until 2014 begins, let’s reflect on what an amazing year 2013 was for HipChat.
5. HipChat T-shirt contest
Our t-shirts have always been popular with our customers, but with only 5 designs in our entire history, we were itching for some more cool designs to share with our customers. So in June, we threw a “You can probably design a better t-shirt than our founder” contest and enlisted your help. In just over 4 weeks, you all blew our expectations out of the water, as we received over 439 entries. Our judges were thoroughly impressed, and we had a hard time picking winners.
With these sick new designs, we’ve been distributing our new t-shirts at various events that we’ve attended. Look out for us at any conferences you attend, or you can go ahead and purchase our t-shirts at the Atlassian Swag Store. Thanks to everyone who participated and made this contest a success!
4. 1 Billion Messages
A little more than 3.5 years after HipChat sent its first message, we sent our 1 billionth message this past October. We’ve achieved amazing growth in 2013, and our growth has a lot to do with the great customers that we’ve had. Our customers are dedicated, informed, and meticulous, as illustrated by the great feedback we receive at events, through social media channels, and our support channel. This feedback pushes us to build the best communication product for your team, and we thank you for that. Here’s to the next billion!
3. Native apps are out!
It took us a while to get off of Adobe AIR, but we came full force in 2013. We rebuilt HipChat to run natively on Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. A huge endeavor, our developers worked hard to get these out the door. Once again, thanks to all of our customers and beta testers for pointing us in the right direction by finding bugs and testing our clients before release.
2. Free for teams of 5
In March, we made HipChat free for teams of 5 users or fewer. We started off as a small bootstrapped start-up, and we wanted to give back to that community. We understood first-hand how important the right tools are to growing a company, so it was a no brainer to offer HipChat for free to small teams.
1. Growing the team
Most fun to watch as HipChat has grown is the additions we’ve added to our team. HipChat started off as a team of 4. By the end of this year, we’ve grown to 22! And we’re still hiring!
(Our team in March 2012. It’s a lot bigger now!)
We’ve come a long way since December 31 2012… and there’s still a long way to go. As we announced at Atlassian Summit 2013, HipChat video capabilities and HipChat’s behind-the-firewall deployment are just around the corner, and we expect a whole lot more as the year goes on. We’re excited to see what we can do to improve communication for teams in 2014, and we hope you as well. Happy New Year!