Used by Google, Meta and MIT, this open source tool is helping to rethink knowledge management.

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logsec founder Tienson Qin takes a lot of notes about his work. He also loves to draw with his six-year-old daughter on an iPad, and he’s found that the note-taking tool he’s been using for years doesn’t work on a tablet. So, like all enterprising engineers, he decided to create a new tool that does just that.

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The ability to share drawings with your child may have been Qin’s original motivation, but he also wanted to create a tool to connect his work papers into a kind of intranet that could be shared on any device, either as an individual or as a group. . user team.

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“I needed to make my life easier and link my notes so that I could gradually build my thoughts and put them together. So it started as a solo project, and now we’re expanding it, and that’s going to be a company around which we build a team,” Qin told me.

The idea is not much different from the web itself, which allows you to link related information between systems, but in this case it is about the semantic exchange of knowledge and research for individuals and groups. After all, it has the potential to become a system for easier knowledge management within an organization, a goal that has been tried for years but still hasn’t fully succeeded.

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Qin found that existing note-taking tools like Evernote and Notion didn’t link and organize related documents the way he wanted, relying too much on hierarchical file structures. “Logseq is completely different. These platforms store text in separate documents. Logseq stores related information in infinite graphs. This means that you can view the volume of research, dataset or CRM in Logseq by looking at these interrelated graphs.”

This is because the open source tool is built on top of a graphical database, which allows the system to build semantic links between documents, be it notes, research, information, or PDF markup. “You have a set of keywords and you can link those ideas together with keywords and what we call a link so you can link to that page or that idea on another page and build connections that way,” he said. .

It is also designed to develop plug-ins to add elements that are not in the base product, such as Google Calendar integration and a tag tool to extend the capabilities of the base tool.

What’s more, Qin says the project prioritizes privacy, and the company doesn’t have access to any notes in the system that are stored locally. The company only launched the open source tool in October, but reports that large organizations such as Google, Meta, and MIT use Logseq.

At the moment, the product only consists of a markup-language based editor, but they are working on additional parts, including real-time collaboration, in which multiple users can work on the same document at the same time, like multiple people working on Google. Doc. This feature is expected to be ready soon.

The idea is so compelling that Qin has raised $4.1 million in seed capital led by Andreessen Horowitz along with the CEO of Stripe, Github and Shopify. Users including teams from Google Brain, IDEO, Meta, Tesla, MIT, Stanford, and Harvard also contributed to the round. The fact that users are contributing is rather unusual, the company says.


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