Bret Taylor, a well known and highly respected engineer who helped create Google Maps and later co-founded FriendFeed before becoming the chief technology officer of Facebook (s fb), has a new company — Quip. He co-founded the company with Kevin Gibbs, who worked on Google’s (s goog) data center technology and helped develop the autocomplete search functionality for Google Search.
The San Francisco-based company is building what the two founders call a modern word processor, built for a post-social, post-mobile and touch-centric era. According to Silicon Valley sources, the company has quietly raised $15 million primarily from Benchmark Capital. In a blog post describing the new offering, Taylor and Gibbs wrote:
Despite the magnitude of this shift, the software that we use to get work done has not evolved over the past thirty years. With the exception of some additional color and and a stack of toolbars at the top…
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