Some incredibly kind and humbling words by Greg Huang of Xconomy on my transition to CEO.
This evening, I attended the MassTLC summer awards gala. After having been recently awarded the 2014 MITX award for Most Innovative Mobile App, I was just blown away that we were named a finalist for the MassTLC awards. There are some truly great folks we’re up against and I honestly believe any one of these companies deserves to win it. Shout out to Openbay, Padiant, Ping4, and SavingStar. Best of luck folks! See you in September!
I wrote an opinion piece on why user privacy is a central component of user experience and should not be treated as separate:
It seems clear to me that privacy should be part of User Experience — they are unified already. But companies don’t think this way. In fact, most people just think of UX as closely related to UI affordances and the simplicity and delight of a product, but it’s so much bigger.
Some thoughts in the piece about how we approach building Mustbin:
From the beginning, we’ve forced ourselves to solve the privacy and security problems while creating a user experience filled with delight. We’re determined to earn our users’ trust by protecting their privacy above everything else.
A local piece on how Mustbin was started. I built a client-side prototype in 2 weeks. After hiring a few folks, we built functioning prototype, including back-end infrastructure in 2 months. And an an MVP in 4 months. Our team is the definition of Lean and Agile.
The Mustbin team started building the product in January 2013 and had an MVP built within 4 months, which they got into the hands of investors, friends, family, etc.
Last night the Mustbin team had the honor of winning the MITX award for Most Innovative App of 2014. It was an incredible win for an even more amazing team that has worked so hard to bring this idea to life. I was honored to pitch to the MITX judges on behalf of Mustbin.
“What we’re doing is bringing encryption to the masses, right on your mobile device.”
Today, the company is rolling out a couple of features to expand upon what was before an app designed largely for personal use: Secure Messages and Bin Sharing.
What this means is that within a few months, Mustbin users will likely be able to privately share information with individuals on their contact lists, or even a small group of folks, with the mere touch of a button.
As Mahajan explained in a December 13 interview, “We truly believe our Guides are a key feature. For people like my wife who are super organized, they have a sense of ‘what’ it is they need to record and store. For the vast majority, getting started and knowing what is important to store is hard and we believe Mustbin’s mobile-first approach and guided interface brings it to a level where it is accessible to all.”