Interview: Meet Peter Sandtner from HushFlow

When it comes to online collaboration, it can either be a nightmare or a walk in the park. However, one of the main factors in deciding which way the collaborative experience can go is whether or not you have the right tool to ensure it. For decades, people have used email as a primary means of contact with others online so it can be only natural for people to opt for this first but for people that want a bit more than just what email has to offer, there is a handy little app named HushFlow.

Though the app’s currently in beta phase, we’ve managed to get an interview with Peter Sandtner, one of the main developers working on the project. Read on to find out more and read the interview!

What is HushFlow?

HushFlow’s an exciting new web app that allows teams to collaborate online inside an interface that is both built for purpose and built for speed. It makes the whole collaboration process a breeze by allowing discussions to be added to categories, much like in traditional message boards and forums but without the clutter.

HushFlow in Use

HushFlow in Use

Whether the projects are for work, play or even educational projects (I can see this being a great tool for student projects), HushFlow provides an interface for all of the random thoughts, musing and organised conversation. Its interface is built with the app’s users in mind and seems to be great at the job of getting people talking – minus the mess.

The Interview

Thanks for agreeing to give some of your time for this AppStorm interview. Firstly, how many are in the HushFlow team and whereabouts are you based?

Currently, there are three in the HushFlow team. Me as a developer, Martin Gross as a graphic designer and Juraj Duris as an investor and we’re based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Also, we’re hiring!

What inspired you to tackle the often frustrating issue of online communication and collaboration? Was it from experience with other projects or did you just see a gap in the market for this type of product?

Juraj once told me that they aren’t satisfied with communication solutions they use in 42Angels (investors group) so we thought about it and came up with HushFlow. I believe that products should come from real need and it’s great when you use your product every day.

Do you see a product like HushFlow completely replacing email or do you think that they could work together?

Email works great for many scenarios, but when it comes to group conversations about many different topics, HushFlow is a better solution — you don’t need to worry that someone forgets to click ‘Reply all’, it’s easy to categorise and so on. Also, you can post to HushFlow via email so I think that they can work together quite well.

What do you think is the main appeal of switching to a dedicated platform for communication like HushFlow?

In project management apps it’s hard to organise discussion so you can easily find what you’ve written a month ago. Also we’re working on bringing tasks for our users that need them.

Have you worked on any other successful web app projects and if so, what are they and how have they helped to shape HushFlow?

I have worked as a freelance developer before, for example on Quantpedia, and had some local projects, but this is my first own global one.

I’ve personally found that a great design and interface is definitely the key to a successful app so was it an easy task to get the interface for HushFlow right or was it a case of trial and error?

The hardest part was to find the right designer for HushFlow. That took a few months, but it was an easy task to get the design out with Martin.

Early Logo Design Sketches

Early Logo Design Sketches

You mention on the HushFlow website that the app takes advantage of the latest new technologies to ensure speed and surely stability, what sort of technologies have you integrated into HushFlow?

We’re taking huge advantage of client-side JavaScript and WebSockets (or long-polling if a browser or server doesn’t support them – I’m looking at you, Windows Server 2008!). This allows us to create a fast and automatically-synced interface.

Do you use any other web apps to aid you in development and managing HushFlow?

Twitter and Instapaper for new information, GitHub for source control and Foretaster for easy analytics.

The app at the moment is certainly a very nice entry into the communication space in the web app market. How do you see HushFlow moving forward from this point?

We’re working on optimizing the mobile experience, providing some management options and writing down some use cases so our future users can easily see what we can help them with. For companies, there will be a classic subscription model, but we’re working on the one for student groups for example.

Thanks, Peter!

I’d like to say thanks to Peter for agreeing to provide his insight with this interview and when HushFlow is launched, I very much look forward to taking some time out to write an in-depth review of HushFlow. Based on what I’ve already seen of this app, it seems to be a very promising collaboration tool.

Beta Invites

Although HushFlow is currently in a closed beta phase at this point, you can get early access to the project simply by emailing the HushFlow team at [email protected] and telling them that AppStorm sent you. I’m sure they’ll be pretty swift at sending you an invite!