Quip (software)

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Founded2012; 9 years ago (2012)

Quip is a collaborative productivity software suite for mobile and the Web. It allows groups of people to create and edit documents and spreadsheets as a group, typically for business purposes.[1]


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.[2] Roughly a year later, Quip was launched to the public as a mobile-centric tool for creating shared notes, lists, and documents.[3] Its app was well-received, winning accolades as one of the best apps of the year from Time,[4] The Next Web,[5] and The Guardian.[6]

In 2015, Quip announced it had received a $30 million funding round led by Greylock Partners.[7]

In July 2016, Salesforce announced the acquisition of Quip for an estimated total of $750 million.[8]

In January 2017, Quip acquired designer studio Unity and Variety.[9]


The core of Quip provides word processing and spreadsheet functionality,[10] accessible via the Web, an iOS app, and an Android app.[11] 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.[12] In 2015, Quip also added standalone chat rooms.[13]


  1. ^ "10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2014: Mobile Collaboration", MIT Technology Review
  2. ^ "First Major Talent Exit After Facebook I.P.O", Bits Blog, The New York Times, June 15, 2012
  3. ^ "Introducing Quip", Quip Blog, July 30, 2013
  4. ^ "Top 10 Apps", Time, Techland
  5. ^ "20 of the best productivity apps of 2013", The Next Web
  6. ^ "The 50 best apps of 2013", The Guardian
  7. ^ "Bret Taylor's Quip Lands $30 Million to Take On Office, Google Docs". Re/code. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  8. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Salesforce buys word processing app Quip for $750M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  9. ^ Constine, Josh. "Saleforce's Quip acquires ex-Facebook designer studio Unity&Variety". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  10. ^ "5 Free Apps That Feel Like The Future Of Work". Fast Company. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  11. ^ "This Sleek App Could Be Your New Favorite Tool For Collaboration". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  12. ^ "Quip Busts Barriers Between Documents and Spreadsheets". Wired. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  13. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Mobile-First Word Processing App Quip Adds Chat Rooms, Making It More Like Slack". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-06-11.

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