Getting to know the CEO of Obsidian
Nick Milo's interview with Stephan Ango
Here are some of my notes highlighting key thoughts:
Here is a summary of the key points from the interview:
Stephen “Kepano” Ango started as a regular community member, giving feedback and suggestions to the Obsidian founders. Over time, they began direct conversations about the future of Obsidian and brought him on to help with the default theme.
Obsidian is trying to build a profitable and sustainable business with a small team, not VC-backed. Balancing these goals is challenging.
Obsidian likely has around 1 million users, but it’s hard to know precisely since they don’t use analytics. The user base is growing rapidly.
Many Obsidian users are “silent” — they get value from it privately without being vocal online. The goal is to make these tools more accessible to more people.
The launch of Obsidian Canvas was a surprise hit. The team didn’t expect it would be so popular, especially as an entry point for new users. It shows the importance of following intuition even as a small team with limited resources.
Overall, tools like Obsidian are still in the early adopter phase. The goal is to eventually have billions of people benefiting from organizing their knowledge.
All I can say is there is a lot to like about the Obsidian team.
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