The best thing about Tiny is its community. We help millions of developers around the world build amazing products for content creation. Some users have found enormous success after launching or integrating Tiny into their early versions – companies like Atlassian, Medium, Evernote, Zendesk, Drift, and WordPress.
Almost daily, we have discussions with startups like Accelo, El Roboto and Action Factory to large brands like IBM, Thomson-Reuters, Boeing, NASDAQ, VISA, and Ubisoft. I’m inspired by what these teams are building and how they are pushing content creation into the next era.
When we consider new products at Tiny, we first listen to our community and focus our roadmap on those needs. That’s why I’m excited to announce two new products and an app directory today that will help save development time and improve the quality of applications developed with the Tiny platform. In addition, I am thrilled to announce we have raised $4M in Series A funding from BlueRun Ventures to help us build even more for the large community of Tiny users.
We’re excited to share today’s news and most importantly, get your feedback:
Tiny Drive – The “rich” in rich text editing generally means adding images, videos, and other files that are attached or embedded in your content. Until now, developers have had to undertake the time-consuming task to wire up file upload and management themselves. To solve this issue, we’re excited to announce the release of Tiny Drive, our new asset management and storage service.
TinyMCE 5 Preview – In previous versions of TinyMCE we saw many developers building custom UI on top of the core rich text editing engine provide by TinyMCE. In version 5, we have made the default UI more compelling. We have greatly improved the library of UI components, upgraded all of the TinyMCE official plugins, introduced a powerful CSS framework for customizing the design and added new UI APIs for plugin developers.
Tiny App Directory – In addition to the 54 official plugins, a large number of third-party developers have built their own plugins for the Tiny platform. This ecosystem gives developers a large set of possibilities when integrating TinyMCE into their applications. Today, we are kicking off the Tiny App Directory to help our community integrate tools they already use and discover new ones with three new partnerships.
First Institutional Investor – We are excited to take on $4M in Series A funding from BlueRun Ventures as part of our efforts to scale and deliver more features to the Tiny platform. Today, Tiny has more than a thousand paying customers and millions of developers and we have a partner now on board helping us continue to deliver the tools our customers and community rely on us for. Jeff Tannenbaum, partner with BRV, is joining the Tiny board and has written his thoughts up about the funding and future of Tiny.
Building for the future of content
High-quality user experience in consumer apps is impacting expectations for business applications. Over the last decade, file sharing, HR, and CRM applications have become as easy-to-use as Facebook and Google. Today, that evolution has reached content creation.
Indeed, writing long-form content is as popular as ever, particularly in the workplace. It is critical to many workflows. Knowledge-intensive activities in organizations only succeed if they remove obstacles to how content is captured, shaped, shared and published. Industries as diverse as education, finance, government, and technology depend upon them.
Whether an app is used to write patient notes or to create blog posts, getting the UX just right is a challenge. The moment the user is forced to think about the tool they’re using and not the content they’re creating, friction and wasted time hurt the adoption and value of the application.
Truly great business apps require truly great writing experiences. Today’s funding, product releases, and partnership announcements are just the start to our continued commitment to give our community the best platform to be successful. We are always keen to hear from our users, so please reach out and let us know what you think about these releases and about future needs we can help you address moving forward.
A new identity for the Tiny team
We announced our new identity in August as Tiny. Tiny was born out of the merger of two long-established and bootstrapped businesses from different parts of the world.
Ephox was born in Brisbane, Australia, way back in 1999 by my father and I. At the time, we launched one of the first online rich text editing solutions available anywhere. And Brisbane is still home base for most of our development and design. We also try and carry through the Ephox “family feel” into Tiny.
Moxiecode was started by two friends, Joakim Lindkvist and Johan “Spocke” Sörlin, in northern Sweden who became the founders of the popular open source project TinyMCE. We have been fortunate to have built a talented team in Sweden too.
Finally, Tiny has a presence in Palo Alto. I am thrilled to have Jeff Tannenbaum from Silicon Valley-based BlueRun Ventures join our board and helping us to grow the business. Jeff is a developer and startup entrepreneur himself and our experience with the BlueRun “family” has been outstanding.
We are hiring in Brisbane, Palo Alto, and Umeå. If you would like to impact the way the world creates content, we would love for you to join the Tiny team.
Learn more about today’s releases
In our post Announcing the TinyMCE 5 Developer Preview you’ll find images of our new UI, plus information about plugin upgrades, adaptive mobile support, skins and a Medium-style context toolbar.
Today, we added cloud storage to all Tiny accounts. If you’re using Tiny Cloud to deploy TinyMCE, read our post Introducing Tiny Drive to learn more.
Read about this and our other huge product announcements on TechCrunch.