I AM Alan Chan, co-founder of Heptabase, a visual note-taking tool that helps you make sense of complex topics. AMA!
Hi Reddit, I'm Alan Chan, co-founder & CEO of Heptabase.
Heptabase is a visual note-taking tool that helps you make sense of your learning, research, and projects. Think about when Notion and Figma have a baby.
We began developing Heptabase in May 2021 and have since released over 400 versions in just 2 years. We have a community of 12,000 users in 100+ countries who love using Heptabase. You can check some of their reviews on Product Hunt.
We created Heptabase with the goal of building the best tool for learning and research. Design is crucial to us - we want you to get into the flow of learning and expand your thinking as soon as you enter the app. All features are carefully and cohesively designed around a better method for learning and conducting research that works extremely well for us, and we believe it can work for almost anyone.
Our ultimate vision for Heptabase is to create a contextualized knowledge internet that allows everyone in the world to effectively establish a deep understanding of anything they want to learn or research.Some fun facts of Heptabase:
- We have three co-founders and three employees. We hired all employees from our user base.
- We have been operating as a fully remote company since day one.
- Our original name was "project-meta" in 2021, and boom, Facebook became Meta. We changed the name to Heptabase because we love the science fiction Story of Your Life. In the book, there is an alien species called Heptapod that can speak a visual language that connects events from the past, present, and future.
- We raised nearly $1.7 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, HOF Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Moving Capital, and several other investors in early 2022. However, we have not spent any investor money over the past two years. All company expenses are fully funded by our revenue.
Feel free to ask me anything about Heptabase, learning, startups, or anything you have in mind.