Podcast about Archbee -- a new documentation tool with a block-based editor, API publishing capability, content re-use, and more
Note that this is a sponsored podcast.
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The beginnings of Archbee
With the launch of Archbee 3.0, founder Dragos Bulugean tells the story of the beginnings of Archbee:
Archbee v0: 2018, stuck in a hotel room in Frankfurt… it was raining and I decided to code a software diagramming tool for architects. Scrapped the product after a few months of getting no traction.
Archbee v1: Restarted in early 2019 with the idea for an internal docs tool for eng. teams that would include API docs, markdown, diagrams, changelogs, and GitHub integration after realizing all the tools out there (Google Docs, Confluence, Notion) were built for anybody, but not tech people. The product was getting some customers organically but did not show great traction either.
Archbee v2: This version was just an improved, better-looking, less buggy version of V1. Launched it on ProductHunt in 2020 and it got to #1. However, most of the traction was coming from a wimpy feature: publishing docs on customers’ domains.
Talking to customers, we realized there are still no great tools for building public product & developer docs for folks who don’t want the DIY approach. Basically, no way of onboarding and activating your tech audiences without spending a ton of energy on docs tech.
For more, see the Archbee’s most notable features over the past 12 months.
Questions and topics
Here are some of the questions covered during the podcast:
Does Archbee have some functionality for software documentation that doesn’t exist in any other tools?
What feature would you say accounts for the rapid rise in customer growth for Archbee?
Who’s your target audience for Archbee? Tech writers, engineers, or both?
Can you explain a bit more about what type of content can be reused?
How do you plan for long-term success in a relatively small niche of documentation authors?
To learn more about Archbee, see my earlier post, Archbee product review – first look at a new online platform for writing and managing documentation.
See also archbee.com.
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