Humanity has entered the Information Age. It all began in the 15th century with the invention of the printing press as a new way to transfer knowledge. The invention of the transistor in Bell Labs in 1947 was the final stroke that freed the information of the world.
With each wave of evolution, the world is reshaping. In the post-computing world, software is central to the most transformative era of value creation in human history. As society and technology continue to accelerate, so too will the influence of software.
One of the gravest misconceptions about software companies is that their value comes from the code, the algorithms, or the infrastructure. Code and algorithms deliver experiences, and infrastructure is responsible for storing, transferring and verifying information. However, the biggest value is in the information and networks that we – the people – create.
Because when each of us creates an article, a post or a tweet, the whole system creates much more value than just the sum of its parts. This is how we get powerful search engines, great maps, recommendations, and our social graph. That is why the biggest software companies are worth trillions of dollars and are more powerful than most of the states — they own this positive sum that we, the people, created.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We have the technologies to build a different world, free of borders and big tech. A world built on the principles of freedom, sustainability, co-creation, and trust.
We’re building a community-owned operating system that serves as the entrance to this new world. In it, all of us enjoy the privacy of our thoughts, messages, and years of memories. We can work together across continents and have full control over our digital life and assets.
This new world is a place for creators and builders of all kinds - entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, writers, educators, scientists, curators, and their communities, everyone: amateur or professional. We want to open up the opportunities to innovate in all parts of the system to those who have ideas and passion to make it better. We invite everyone to build Anytype with us, not as employees but as co-owners.
We believe that the technologies we use today will define the society we'll live in tomorrow. With Anytype we are building a software that will allow people to self-organise, protect their privacy and freedom of speech and own what they create - all without an intermediary. It will allow people to be independent and sovereign. Ultimately, sovereign people will be able to choose their communities and their own forms of governance to live in the world they want to live.
We have a chance to end the nation state's monopoly on trust the same way as the printing press ended the church’s monopoly on truth. This will enable greater freedom, greater trust, greater cooperation and a real chance for a sustainable world.
The future will be the one you build.