In the 21st century people are drowning in information. Not only the amount of documents, but also the number of apps we use to create, share and store them is weighing us down. The search for a better solution started with Florian, one of the co-founders of HQ and former management consultant. He experienced the problem of fragmentation early on in his personal life wanting to share documents or photos with his friends and family. However, all of them used different apps to do so which made things very complicated. Later in life, as a consultant, he and his co-workers were baffled by the real magnitude of the problem in their industry.
Starting at a new client, means receiving a new email address (@client.com), creating several new accounts on cloud and on-premise services and sometimes even receiving a brand new computer, just for the duration of the project. Every time, the consultant needs to invest time learning how to work with the apps provided, how the client is organizing them and how to find everything he needs to work. On top of that, the consulting firm itself provides another set of apps & accounts and asks their consultants to use them as well, especially for internal collaboration. Needless to say that in the consulting industry, maximizing knowledge sharing and re-using work, are core focusses in the search for competitive advantage.
Brainstorming with Michiel, HQ’s CTO & his former boss Wim, Florian realized that this problem wasn’t going anywhere and that the combined time-waste in the consulting industry is ridiculous. A quick survey amongst 40 consultants made this painfully clear: all of them were switching between about 7 places every day to find documents, with even one of them accessing over 20 places each week including mail inboxes, chat conversations, cloud storage folders and enterprise applications.
And the problem goes beyond consulting; Mckinsey published a global industry report in 2012 that states: “businesses hire 5 employees but only 4 show up to work; the fifth is off searching for answers, but not contributing any value.” According to their research, we’re searching 2 hours a day. The IDC adds that information workers waste 5 hours per week recreating lost information after giving up their searches. Searchyourcloud.com looked at the problem from a technical perspective and concluded that it takes on average 8 searches to find the right document and 30% of our searches take over 25 minutes. To conclude our research, we asked over 700 information workers across industry how happy they were with the apps they used every day and the NPS scores don’t lie...
Those numbers are outrageous! We believe you shouldn’t waste time endlessly searching for information. That’s why we built HQ. We love being productive and we want to help you be productive too.
Find, organize & work centralized in HQ, the workstation powered by your apps to eliminate switching between a gazillion tabs.
Users interact with HQ via a react-based web application with a desktop & mobile version coming soon. Our back-end runs on .net Core to prepare for on-premise deployment at enterprise customers and even keep the possibility of a serverless version with a packaged deployment of our front- & back-end to the device. A chrome plugin helps to bring an integrated experience between HQ and the internet’s favorite browser.
Remember having just a few apps for work? Nowadays documents are stored everywhere and work is fragmented. It's nearly impossible to stay organized and keep track of what’s happening. HQ is the workstation powered by your apps to eliminate switching between tabs. Simply connect all your existing accounts and enjoy one central place where you can find everything, stay organized and work efficiently.
Getting started on something new is easy from now on. Open HQ, browse to the right folder and create documents right where you want them. Check the HQ feed to continue where you left off;, it displays the most recent documents that were opened, modified or shared with you. Looking for something else? Hit search and get results from all your apps and accounts. Narrow them down on app, account, age, type, collaborator and much more until you find what you need. Don’t want to lose it again? Drag & drop the result to your library and continue working without delay. You can preview and share directly from HQ or open documents with the applications you’re familiar with.
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HQ’s essentials are FREE. The PRO plan adds extra productivity and more customizations are offered in the ENTERPRISE version.