Salesforce’s Quip acquires ex-Fb designer studio Unity&Selection
Some ex-Fb designers shall be including additional pizzazz to Salesforce’s phrase processing firm Quip, which as we speak acquired Unity&Selection. Based in 2015 by Joey Flynn and Drew Hamlin after a number of years designing merchandise at Fb, Unity&Selection launched a cute cell recreation referred to as Pinchworm final 12 months. Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, however we’re awaiting remark from each firms’ execs.
Flynn, Hamlin and worker Andy Chung posted a brief observe on their web site as we speak saying “Right here at Unity&Selection we’ve been cranking on some new productiveness instruments. We’re hyped to announce that beginning as we speak we’ll be persevering with our work with our gifted buddies over at Quip, a Salesforce firm.”
[Update: Quip CEO Bret Taylor tells TechCrunch “The team is three people and was working on a compelling productivity tool, so we are buying their IP and team. They are going to work on their existing tool and contribute to Quip broadly.”]
It might sound a bit unusual to go from constructing a recreation a few leaping inchworm to working for Salesforce. However whereas at Fb, Flynn and Hamlin labored on the massively succesful 2014 redesign of Messenger, and the standalone Snapchat competitor Slingshot that flopped however pioneered artistic instruments like variable brush sizes that Fb later built-in elsewhere. In the meantime, Chung has been creating a smooth iPad design device referred to as Sample for speedy prototyping of interface concepts.
Collectively, their skill to reimagine basic performance for cell could possibly be a giant assist to Quip.
Quip CEO and fellow former Facebooker Bret Taylor wrote that “Kevin and I are past excited to announce that the unbelievable design staff at Unity&Selection is becoming a member of Quip to assist us construct the following era of productiveness instruments. I’m psyched to have the chance to work with Joey and Drew once more. A few of the finest product designers I’ve ever labored with. I can’t wait to see how they rework Quip.”
Evidently after Pinchworm, Unity&Selection had targeted its design prowess on a extra utilitarian product that appeared promising to Quip. The staff might give Quip the fashion it must preserve attracting customers to its “Microsoft Phrase for the cell period.”