|Founders||Bret Taylor, Kevin Gibbs|
Quip was founded by Bret Taylor, co-creator of Google Maps, CEO of FriendFeed, and former Facebook CTO, along with Kevin Gibbs, who founded Google App Engine. Taylor founded the company in 2012, after leaving his position at Facebook. Roughly a year later, Quip was launched to the public as a mobile-centric tool for creating shared notes, lists, and documents. Its app was well-received, winning accolades as one of the best apps of the year from Time, The Next Web, and The Guardian. In 2015, Quip announced it had received a $30 million funding round led by Greylock Partners. In July 2016, Salesforce announced the acquisition of Quip for an estimated total of $750 million.
The core of Quip provides word processing and spreadsheet functionality, accessible via the Web, an iOS app, and an Android app. Alongside all documents on Quip is a live updating history of edits made, as well as the ability to highlight portions of a document and add comments, which facilitates collaboration. In 2015, Quip also added standalone chat rooms. Quip is available for free for small groups, but charges for advanced features and large enterprise accounts.
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