Saturday, 27 July 2013

Interview: Markus Thyberg

Markus is one of the masterminds behind Collectably, a nifty new extension that acts as a virtual pin board. This is dead handy for people like me who bounce around the internet reading about new topics all the time, and I've found it invaluable when it comes to organising college research. Markus was lovely enough to have a chat with me about how Collectably came to be and where he finds motivation.

1. So, first of all, describe Collectably in a few words.
Collectably is a Pinterest for links and open browser tabs.

2. What made you want to begin such a project?
We suffered from tab overload ourselves. We were drowning in tabs for our research, for our hobbies, for a work project, for a home project…, and needed a place to overview and organise all the good stuff. 

3. What is a typical day like working on Collectably?
There is really no such thing as a typical day at Collectably. We are a rapidly growing start-up so everyday comes with a new challenging and exciting task. Right now, we are preparing the launch of the new Collectably mobile web, which will be up and running within a couple of weeks. Other days the team heads out to study user behavior, actually looking over the shoulder of people researching the web, and trying to identify work flows that rarely would come out if you ask someone how they browse or how they google. These are the clues to which features our users are going to love.

4. Who do you see using Collectably?
Collectably is for anyone who wants to get more use of all the best bits of internet. We get a lot of feedback from bloggers, researchers, media and IT consultants who love our service.

5. Starting up something new can be pretty grueling at times, where do you find motivation?
Our motivation is to contribute to people learning new things! When our users tell us that Collectably makes their life easier, helps them make a better job or learn more about their personal interests, we get very excited about working on making the service better and better. 

6. What do you see the future of Collectably as...?
Except for being the easiest way to save and overview anything on the web, Collectably will be an even better place for sharing and working together.

7...and how do you intend to make that happen?
There will soon be more features to support quick and easy reorganisation of links, communication, and integration with other services