Get Us Started With Cate

Get Us Started With Cate

Is email really broken? It has been said a lot lately: email is broken. On our mobile phone, email feels like a cumbersome, outdated form of communication. A number of apps have tried to address this. They are making the assumption that email is an overwhelming experience, because we are getting too much of it and most of it is stuff we should be dealing with later. Which is probably true for geeks, technology writers and developers. Mailbox, for an example, lets you postpone or archive emails on the go. But is a full inbox really the problem for everyone? Is having people manage emails on the go really the best way? And what about disruptions from other channels, like Facebook and Twitter? We don’t believe that email is broken. It just needs to change. We think there are things to learn from direct messages, like the continued flow of a conversation thread. The ease of use. But the number of apps and channels is growing over our heads: Twitter, Facebook, App.net, Skype, Hangouts, WeChat, Line, MessageMe… People’s messages can get lost in all these different channels. Too much noise Then there is the issue of notifications. How many chat apps, from Yahoo to Hangouts, from iMessage to Whatsapp, how many mobile email apps and chat services do you have installed on your phone? How many times do you get notifications from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+? Each app has its own notification setting and you need to adjust them individually to decrease the rate of interruptions. It’s too much noise. This is where we think we can make a...
Why River?

Why River?

We chose the name River because it resembles something that emerges out of a source. Something great evolves out of something small. It flows and it is feeding life. Rivers have always been ideal for human settlements. They provided resources, life, trade, travel and strategic benefits. Some of the most important cities today are built along or around spots on rivers. Rivers stretch over many countries, they can go over or under the land, cross borders of states and countries and they change their width, force and influence depending on the changing environment. What does River do? Theoretically it could be anything that improves people’s lives, that is disrupting a market or field, but integrating in people’s lives, naturally interconnecting with their needs. River is currently focussing on app development, mainly in the fields of mobile and Web development. There are several ideas for products and services that help with collaboration, interaction and management. These tools should help individuals as much as organizations (any kind of organization, venture or...