Posted by Joshua Freeman, Founding General Manager at Trellis
Two years ago, on a day so cold I could barely feel my fingers, let alone text with them, I stood in line outside Dominique Anselm Bakery in New York (birthplace of the cronut), talking to the developers who were putting the final touches on the first release of Trellis. It was a moment of hope and anxiety.
Time flies when you’re having fun! A year ago we launched Trellis, the new platform for scientific communication and collaboration, into a private beta. Launched as a “minimum viable product,” Trellis had a basic set of features including professional profiles, newsfeeds, discussions, and group hierarchies. We launched with just a couple of groups, including Public Engagement with Science and Tools for Evidence-Based Action, and a hundred or so members.
A year later, how different things look. We now have around 6,000 members from across disciplines and around the world. One of our favorite moments of the year happened during a demo with an interested scientist from New Zealand. When we asked him how he had heard of Trellis, he said “Well, I was at a conference in Hanoi and someone was talking about it.” You know what they say (roughly paraphrased) – “if they’re talking about you in Hanoi …”