Why Coda thinks documents are the internet’s next big platform
The way Shishir Mehrotra sees it, digital documents haven’t really changed in 50 years. Since the days of WordStar, Harvard Graphics and VisiCalc, the basic idea of what makes up a document, presentation and spreadsheet haven’t really changed. Until now.
Now, thanks to companies like Coda — where Mehrotra is founder and CEO — along with Notion, Quip and others, that’s starting to change. These companies are building tools that can do multiple things in a single space, that are designed both for creating and for sharing, and that turn documents from “a piece of paper on a screen” into something much more powerful. And to hear Mehrotra tell it, documents are headed toward a future that looks more like an operating system than a Word file.
Mehrotra joined the Source Code podcast to talk about Coda’s recent announcements, the two-year project to rebuild its core technology, Coda’s future as a platform, and why he thinks documents can be much more than just documents going forward.
For more on the topics covered in this episode:
- Shishir Mehrotra on Twitter
- Coda’s Gallery
- Coda’s next move: Building an app store for getting stuff done
- The Power of Reset: Arianna Huffington’s secret to de-stress and unite teams
For all the links and stories, head to Source Code’s homepage.