We started DocVerse nearly 3 years ago. We believed strongly that the world of productivity and collaboration was changing. The world started moving toward easy-to-use web applications, like Google Docs & Apps, offering a new way to work with all kinds of benefits. However, for the many people who use desktop software, like Microsoft Office, transitioning to the cloud was a challenge. Unfortunately, today, individuals are still forced to make a choice between those two worlds. Even worse, teams who use both products find that Office and web applications do not play well together; most times, teams choose one product or the other. Google’s acquisition of DocVerse represents a first step to solve these problems.
After launching a product that required us to solve a lot of hard problems, DocVerse grew quickly, signing up users and customers that included both small and large companies. One of the most important things we learned in this time was that giving people choice is the best way to build products and give people what they want— the ability to work the way they want to.
What impresses us the most about the Google team is that they all share the same philosophy—giving people the tools to work the way they want. From the moment we started talking with them, it was clear that there was a lot of shared DNA in how we approached solving people’s problems. We fundamentally believe that Google is one of the best positioned companies to truly disrupt the world of productivity software. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to scale our vision at Google. Our first step will be to combine DocVerse with Google Apps to create a bridge between Microsoft Office and Google Apps. I look forward to sharing more about our plans in the near future.
We want to thank each of our investors and advisors. They are truly world-class and we could not have realized our vision without them being there every step of the way. Most importantly, we want to thank our users, customers and partners. They are the ones who truly defined our success and caused an amazing outcome.
Stay tuned for some really great things!
– Shan & Alex
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