Changelog

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March 2022

Heading into Q2 with some epic product experiences 🚀

March felt like a blur. We had been pushing out updates to the platform from all angles.

Behind the scenes we performed some minor point platform upgrades, security patches, and database migrations to make sure our infrastructure stays modern, performant and is as secure as possible. 

On our mobile and mac app clients we pushed out a few small UI tweaks and a push notification change to keep things running smoothly. The majority of our updates were made to the Web App.

We were able to check off our most highly requested feature to the web app this month by adding the ability to share items from one workspace to another. To make this incredibly intuitive we leveraged the workspace section manager, so if you’ve already set up your sections, you would be able to share one item to every workspace within one or more sections very easily. It’s highly customizable and really sets the tone for the level of polish we are striving for in all future developments.

To cap off the month we launched an ability to publicly share the agenda templates you create with the world. Agenda Templates are a very important part of our product. They are an entry-point for users who want to get the most out of their meetings but not sure how to structure their agendas. They are also a wealth of thought provoking conversation starters to help you tease every bit of information out of your peers in meetings. Now customers can share their own hand crafted meeting agendas with others either at their own company (a paid feature, but now with a free workaround 😉 ) and with other managers from around the world. 

It was a pretty good month of productivity and overall a strong quarter of development.

See below for more details on some of the updates we made.

Notable updates:

  • Public Agenda Templates
  • Ability to share a link and let your employees create their own Hypercontext accounts
  • Save a workspace as template
  • Share Items to other workspaces
  • Adding content inline on the agenda
  • Full app support from Chrome Extension


FEBRUARY 2022

Getting back into high gear 👷

The months are really starting to tick by and the team is making some great progress into our roadmap already.

We started the month off with more platform and server upgrades. We completely replaced our primary infrastructure and updated our backend framework to the latest version. These updates provide us with better control over the entire infrastructure with more security checks in place to keep the data safe. We were also able to get some performance boosts with the upgrades, anywhere from 50-200ms have been shaved off our API response time. We’ll take that as a win!

It was a project, 5 months in the making, and I’m very happy to be on the latest frameworks for our backend and nearing the latest for our frontend. During our small scheduled downtime window, we were also able to perform a cold-start restore test, which is a process run yearly to ensure we can rebuild our infrastructure in the case of our primary facilities going offline.

In terms of feature updates, we rolled out updates to bring the full app functionality into the Chrome extension and added a one-click login from our main website into the app.

For a bit of flare, we added a new theme to select, just in time for Valentine’s day. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing more holiday themes in the near future.

I look forward to showing all the things we are working on for next month.

Notable updates:

  • Valentines day theme added with dropdown theme selector
  • Added full product feature set functionality to the Chrome extension
  • Various platform and server updates & tested cold-start reboot process

JANUARY 2022

Starting the year off fresh with some infrastructure changes

January flew by! It moved so fast, I forgot to fill out my changelog tweets. SHAME! 🔔

We kicked the year off with our bi-annual hackathon. The team came up with some really exciting feature enhancements that you’ll see roll out over the next few months. A couple of my favourite projects were a real time presence indication while you are in meeting agendas (It was pretty slick!) and copying an existing meeting into a new template (a very popular request from customers).

Previously we had rolled out our WorkOS integration which adds single sign on support for a multiple of Identify Providers. Recently, we added an in-app portal where customers can configure their own integration without any involvement from our side.  Within 4 hours of rolling this feature out across our infrastructure, we had our first no-touch SSO configuration. 

We spent a weekend performing some backend infrastructure changes changes to modernize our databases and added the ability to authenticate into our platform regardless of authentication provider.  You can use Google, Slack or your Email to log in interchangeably, this is one of a few projects we have underway to move towards one URL and one central place where you can access all of your workplaces.

Notable updates:

  • Updated DB servers to support native unicode and emoji
  • Implemented Desktop Notifications for our Mac App
  • Added ability to login to the Hypercontext platform with any authentication method
  • Added self-set up admin portal for SSO configurations

DECEMBER 2021

A gift to you all as we wrap up the year!

Before we called a wrap on the year and shifted focus into some well deserved holiday time with our friends, families and loved ones, we pushed out a pretty big feature. 

We launched the ability to have external users in your meetings, providing them with a top quality guest user experience. The best part about this experience, these guest users don’t cost you a thing.

We’re launching this part of the product as a beta feature set, so for now guest users will be able to perform the same actions as regular users, but this will change in the coming months.

How can we tell who should be a guest user? If their email domain does not match one of the validated emails in the organization settings, we mark them as guest users.

Outside of that, we made a few quality of life improvements. We added a few more colour options to help better personalize your workspaces and changed the default emoji mascot list used when you create new workspaces.  If you didn’t like the animal mascots, we’ve now added more business appropriate ones.  If you miss the animals, so do I, you can still update the emoji mascot after creating the meeting. 

We also kicked off a large project of enhancing our text entry process. For now, we’ve added some soft returns to the next steps areas. But, over the next few months you’ll see LOTS of changes to how you enter text. We are a meeting agenda app… so we should probably be the best at this. 😎 

We hope you had a lovely holiday and are ready to take on the new year! Happy New Year! 🍾

Notable updates:

  • Added the ability to add “soft returns” (also known as line breaks) to your Next Steps
  • Added a “show more” field for long descriptions
  • New workspace colour options
  • Updated default emojis for workspaces

NOVEMBER 2021

A Hyper-efficient workflow and increased Enterprise product offering

This month we were able to launch our first no-touch Single Sign On integration with one of our large enterprise customers. Previously we had to schedule many calls, export and share metadata files, install certificates and configure user groups and claims on behalf of the customer.

Not any more!

We’ve created a more automated SSO set up, with helpful guides for many standard SSO implementation partners. This will let the customer set up and manage their own authentication system. There are a few more things currently in development to make this fully seamless, but we’re getting there.

We’ve also deployed a brand new Slack bot replacing the existing one. Install and invite the bot to a channel and connect it to an existing Hypercontext workspace. When you finish your meetings in Hypercontext, the notes will be auto-magically sent to slack in a detailed thread, allowing you to create a nice historical record that will be fully searchable.

With these three products, the Mac app, Slack app and the Hypercontext Agenda web or chrome app, all working together, we’ve made a very tight experience for the full cycle of your management meeting day.  Stay on top of when your next meeting is, and jump into the video conference. Use the web app or Chrome Extension during the meeting to keep you on track while you have your meetings. Finish the meeting and have the notes automatically sent to Slack to inform the greater team and for your searchable historical records.

All of these improvements came straight from customer feedback, so thank you for all of your support in helping us make the product what it is today. We’ll continue to iterate and iterate to help you create a higher performing workspace.

Happy Holidays from the Hypercontext team.

Notable updates:

  • Implemented OKTA SSO and added a lot more Enterprise authentication providers to our SSO list.
  • Added support for dark mode / light mode logos on our business plan
  • Introduced a domain verification process, that will let us support multiple email domains within one workspace more seamlessly
  • Added some workflow efficiencies by automatically opening up your next meeting in Hypercontext
  • Added better meeting overlapping management for the Mac App
  • Released a new Slack App. Add the bot to any Slack channel and when you finish your meetings in Hypercontext, we’ll send your meeting notes to any channel in Slack.

Other updates:

  • Fuzzy time update for overlapping events in Mac app
  • Inline content addition: Updated blank states across all text entry points 
  • Inline content addition: Hot key navigation with tab controls and arrow keys
  • Added “show more” for long workspace descriptions 
  • Modified text input behavior for summaries and descriptions to include soft returns
  • Added soft returns to Next Steps
  • Fixed prioritization of items and sections issue
  • Fixed bug in creating sections
  • Fixed bug in referral rewards linking
  • Various calendar integration issues resolved
  • Backend service to change user’s email
  • Auto hide sidebar on mobile
  • Updated support links in Admin onboarding
  • Fixed Business account deferred user issue
  • Modified follow-up emails to not go out for one off meetings or meetings with no next-meeting-date
  • Removed low usage push notifications from mobile apps

OCTOBER 2021

A new Mac App you say? 👀

October was a strong month for the product and engineering team. We’re well on our way to fixing all the small annoying things that are getting in your way as a customer.

On top of that focus, after implementing some customer feedback, we’ve launched our Mac App on the App Store. This helper app is the perfect companion to the Hypercontext platform that will help you get to your Zoom meetings, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams chats incredibly fast.

“I’m late because I couldn’t find the conference link” won’t be a thing you’ll ever say again. 

It’s available now to download!  Check it out and reach out with any feedback or requests!

Notable updates:

  • The discussions starting page gets a much needed makeover 💅 (And you can now upload your own cover photo!)
  • Upload your own profile picture

Other updates:

  • Improved UX for agenda items styling
  • Removed character limits when editing an item
  • Removed 24 hour meeting notification
  • Fixed Slack “any auth” login causing a looped login issue
  • Fixed a Stripe tax charging bug
  • Fixed edge cases with obscure video conference links
  • Fixed issues in Markdown causing links not to be clickable
  • Fixed past meetings not displaying for some users

SEPTEMBER 2021

Better hygiene for managing your meetings

Over the next few months you’re not going to see a lot of brand new features coming into Hypercontext. We’ll be more focused on cleaning up how all of the feature functionality works together in harmony instead. That means a lot of UX fixes!

One thing that’s central to our systems thinking and product design is that you get the most value out of Hypercontext when it helps you have highly organized and performant meetings. So, we’ve focused on cleaning up inefficiencies and idiosyncrasies across the whole product, especially ones that our customers have brought to our attention.

If you have product feedback, please reach out and let us know.

We’ve also spent part of the month focused on helping customers onboard into the product, connect a calendar, add a few items and socialize the agenda, all as quickly and effortlessly as possible. I’m pretty happy with the latest version of this onboarding process and based on our metrics, our customers are too!


One of the more friction-heavy parts of our app is the finish meeting flow.  It’s complicated because a lot of our magic happens when you press the “Finish Meeting” button. It can seem daunting and scary, but it really shouldn’t be. So we’ve launched an experiment to help auto finish your meetings, so you don’t have to press it at all.

All in all, a good month for the product and engineering teams (and our customers!). 🥳

Notable updates 🙌

  • Introducing… Autopilot! ✈️
  • Organize your meetings with new workspace sections (plus drag and drop functionality!)
  • A fancy new Mac App 👀

Other updates:

  • Added a follow up email to nudge meeting attendees to open the agenda
  • Added an email to let managers know if their direct reports haven’t opened the meeting agenda invite 
  • Enhancements to our guest user experience (in beta):
    • Indication of guest user in invite modal
    • Indication of guest user in settings page
  • Various Metrics updates
  • UI fixes for “Sections”
  • Fix for Conference links from Zoom and WebEx
  • Added Magic link authentication to the Change URL email

AUGUST 2021

YC Demo Day on the horizon!

August was a pretty big month for us at Hypercontext. Although we didn’t get as much out to customers as we’d have liked, we did a lot of behind the scenes testing and experimenting with some new features and making a lot of backend infrastructure improvements.

We continue to spend an above average amount of time on technical debt, including server upgrades, getting our core frameworks onto the latest LTS versions and fixing up our own backend tooling. It’s a hard balancing act to prioritize features versus technical debt. We felt it was important to tackle some of our core technical challenges as we were making significant changes to our core feature sets.

We’ve moved our entire development team over to using dockerized containers that are more like our production environment configurations and take us one step closer to running Infrastructure as Code (IaC). We’re likely to move our production infrastructure to IaC in Q4 of 2021 or early 2022.

The YC S21 demo day kicks off early September, so the team has been working full tilt to put the final polish on the launch features, making sure all the systems are operating at peak performance and ensuring our marketing page loads incredibly fast.

Notable updates

  • Added the ability to customize a workspace from a calendar event before sharing it with meeting attendees
  • Full Emoji 14.0 support from all workspace pickers (that includes one-on-ones, team meetings and discussions)
  • Added a finish meeting reminder to prompt you within 5 minutes before your meeting ends to close out completed items and end the meeting. It can be snoozed if it pops up too early.
  • Revamped our meetings notes emails with a fresh new design that uses less HTML to fit more content into your email before your email client cuts off the list
  • Launched a brand new marketing website that looks beautiful and provides the team with lots of design customizability so they can focus on producing our top-quality content!

Behind the scene improvements

  • Moved the majority of our CI tooling over to CircleCI from Travis-CI (cheaper plans and faster build times)
  • Created a staging environment that is 1:1 mirrored with production in terms of configuration (minus the data)
  • Added clearer focus to adding content in onboarding by removing search and upgrade actions
  • Added onboarding steppers to better direct users into ding the proper user behaviour
  • Changed rating of our Giphy integration to PG
  • Language changes to our payment upgrade modal for clearer differentiating between monthly and annual payment plans
  • Language changes on Item detail “Show Completed” to “Show completed next steps”
  • When a member has no workspaces, added a prompt to create a workspace as the main 
  • Added core logic for a new slack app experience
  • Built out core functionality of mac desktop app
  • Made various upgrades to a lot of underlying third-party components
  • Upgraded our backend framework to the latest version
  • Trialled an auto-finish meeting flow which we’ll launch as an Opt-in feature in September

September is already looking like a pretty strong month from the Product and Engineering team, so I look forward to giving you next month’s changelog!

Take care and wish us luck at YC S21 Demo Day!

– G

JULY 2021

Shaking things up

A lot has happened over the past month as we shake things up at Hypercontext. We’re 6 weeks into a process change experiment where we’ve moved from working in bi-weekly sprints to working in weekly cycles.

We fully moved off JIRA (our product management tool that I’ve used to manage our product/engineering pipelines for 10 years) and onto Linear.  The reason for the shift from JIRA to Linear was to ensure we only use products that reflect the quality, efficient, and purpose-built nature that we’re striving for with Hypercontext.  

With this switch in tools, we’ve seen a pretty decent pace change in engineering output and Product now has double the amount of input it can have on the engineering direction to ensure we’re building a product that customers want to use.  These are great things to see as a product and engineering leader.

Fixes and Improvements worth a look

  • Improved UX for the header navigation of your workspaces
  • Added a workspace creation page to help you customize your workspace before you create it.
  • Added a calendar based navigation for your Hypercontext workspaces, so you can quickly pop into your next meeting in your day.
  • Added a calendar sidebar date picker, so you can easily go to meeting events in the future.
  • Improved our item sorting on the agenda
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts
  • Added ability to create next steps for items right from the workspace agenda view:
  • Removed the 30 next step limit:
  • Changed our default UX for handling text inputs for summaries and descriptions. ENTER (or RETURN on Mac) can be used to create new line breaks in the text. Move the cursor off focus to save the text:

Behind the scenes

We’ve made significant infrastructure changes to the platform to increase it’s availability as we expand globally.

  • Moved our backup processes to use a non-locking approach. This will stop our Australian and New Zealand friends from seeing system lock errors at non-opportune times.
  • Increased data redundancy with a new DB design. It’s faster, stronger… just better all around.
  • Fully implemented our DNS tooling for better site protection and availability.
  • Made various performance improvements and platform upgrades to keep our system secure and performant.
  • Various quality of life improvements. Pushing a few pixels around to make things better.
  • Added serious improvements to our developer tooling, increasing our engineering happiness10x.

Looking forward.

Over the next 30 days, you’ll start to see some of the larger feature work we’ve been primarily focused on this quarter start to roll out.  

Here’s what we anticipate shipping:

  • Log into Hypercontext using any of our authentication methods, not just the one you signed up with
  • Improvements to our large group discussions feature sets
  • A lot of improvements to onboarding and the invitee experience.
  • A trial run of our guest users
  • Beta launches of a brand new Slack App and Desktop App (for Mac)

If you want to join our beta program and try out the new features, reach out.