We started Anytype to empower sovereignty and cooperation at scale.
More precisely: In today's world, software has propelled us to unprecedented levels of innovation, cross-border communication and value capture.
At the same time, we noticed that participation in today’s digital reality often required sacrificing our independence, privacy, data, or information about ourselves, for purposes we weren't comfortable with. Ultimately, we decided to put an end to our own feelings of vulnerability and disempowerment, by forging a new path towards scalable cooperation that respects user sovereignty.
By developing a tool where anyone can create and share without an intermediary, our hope is to demonstrate a system wherein cooperation can flourish without third-party intervention, oversight, and control.
By developing an ecosystem where anyone can be both a participant or a builder, our hope is to democratize who gets access to the web, and who gets their voice heard.
We're still in the early stages of our journey, but ultimately we're building the Internet that we want to use, one step at a time.
With Anytype you own the keys, not us. Everything you create and store is E2E encrypted, local-first, and synced in your local p2p network. That means that you - not big tech or governments - get to decide how your data is used, shared, and valued.
By putting ownership back in your hands, we’re showing the world that software which values your autonomy is possible.
TLDR: your account is protected by a seed phrase only you know; all of your data is sharded, E2E encrypted, stored on-device, and synced in your local network or via anytype nodes that can’t read your content.
For more information on these topics, check out our docs.
Yes - we have always envisioned Anytype as a community-owned ecosystem. Here you can read our open source philosophy.
For now, our repos are read-only, but as we grow as an organization we will gradually open up the code for contributions. For discussions and announcements, please join our contributors community on Github.
We are not prepared to begin charging for usage of Anytype while the app is still in beta, and we rely on our community not to take advantage of the free storage that’s currently offered.
When we do begin to charge, our principles are as follows:
Users should be charged only for the resources they consume. That means that in the short term, we will charge for paid backups of spaces above a certain storage limit. This limit has not been determined, as we still need to understand the true load and cost of hosting spaces on our infrastructure.
In the medium term, our goal is to evolve from an app into a digital cooperative in which you can pay to become a member. Membership comes with benefits such as the ability to publish objects and spaces under a name of your choosing, discoverability in the Any ecosystem, and the right to participate in the earnings of the cooperative based on your contributions.
We have two main hubs in Berlin and Lisbon, where several members of our design, engineering, community, and management teams work together.
We also have several team members who work with us remotely. In total, the Anyteam is currently spread across 7 countries.
Glad you asked! Since we don’t pay for advertising, the best thing you can do is to help spread the word. The more people who know about us, the closer we are to achieving self-sustainability. Tweet about us, write about us, or invite a friend or family member who could use more secure autonomy, and show them how to use Anytype.Other ways to help: