Uncover HN: We’re the founders of Substack, we correct launched an iOS app. AMA


Hello! Here’s Chris Most productive, Hamish McKenzie, and Jairaj Sethi, the founders of Substack, with Sachin Monga, the pinnacle of product. The day gone by, we launched an iOS app for Substack, so that you would read all of your Substack subscriptions in one home, without a distractions.

Readers were tweeting at us for years now to quiz once we’d non-public an app. We’ve lengthy wanted one too, and we all all of a sudden got the manpower to be in a position to fabricate a upright one once we got Sachin’s firm Cocoon (W19) last year.

Rapidly after initiating Substack, we found it perfect to show what we create as “We set aside it easy to delivery a paid newsletter.” Even then, a Substack turned into once extra than correct an email newsletter: it turned into once additionally a weblog, and it will most likely per chance per chance host embedded video and audio, and of us may per chance well leave feedback and participate in dialogue threads. Nonetheless the length of time “newsletter” turned into once safe shorthand on tale of everyone roughly got what that intended. All alongside, though, we’ve been quietly constructing the instruments for what we call “deepest media empires,” encompassing a great deal of media codecs (natively) and neighborhood dialogue (which we intend to set aside higher and better).

By a identical token, pretty from the delivery we’ve been intending for the firm to create extra than correct provide subscription publishing instruments. We’re excited by the imaginative and prescient of Substack changing into a community, the place writers and readers non-public the income of being portion of a higher ecosystem. For writers, it draw they’d per chance well additionally be found by readers who may per chance well no longer otherwise non-public found them. For readers, it draw being in a position to join all of a sudden with writers and many of readers and to find a universe of spacious work.

The app is a key portion of the community imaginative and prescient. Nothing changes in relation to writers and readers being up to bustle. The writers quiet non-public their mailing lists, snort, and IP and may per chance well eradicate it all with them anytime they wish. Anyone who signs up to a Substack thru the app quiet goes on to that mailing checklist. And readers quiet find to select what appears in their “inbox,” with the vitality to subscribe and unsubscribe from whatever they wish (you would additionally add any RSS feed into the app via reader.substack.com). Nonetheless now we’ll non-public extra and better ways to flooring ideas from writers and readers, to show of us’s profiles, and to divulge notifications inside of and out of doorways of the app.

Here’s correct a delivery for the Substack app. We are looking out to win improving it, so please give us solutions and quiz us the exhausting questions. What create you watched we’re doing streak? What may per chance well very correctly be higher? What may per chance well very correctly be spacious? What may per chance well we no longer non-public conception of?

We’re here for the following couple hours. Quiz us anything else.




β€œSimplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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