SPEAKING AT STATE OF CREATIVITY FORUM
A couple of weeks ago, our team had the distinct pleasure and honor to speak at State of Creativity Forum put on by Creative Oklahoma. What’s Creative Oklahoma you ask? It’s a non-profit organization based in (you guessed it) Oklahoma, who’s mission is to foster creativity in the areas of education, commerce, and culture. For a tiny city in a tiny state, the mission of what this organization is doing is both inspiring and compelling. You can learn more about Creative Oklahoma here.
The conference was filled with world class speakers including: Ken Robinson, Peter Diamandis, Gregg Fraley, and a whole lot of other smart people (everyone from astronauts and professors, to entrepreneurs and corporate development folks…needless to say, we felt out of our league).
Our talk was short and focused on (of course) Cage but more specifically the problems we’re solving. We very briefly talked about how collaboration (as we know it for creative professionals) is broken, how context plays a pivotal role, and why simple, usable and delightful are the values that drive what we do.
It was clear that everyone loved what we’re building (you can even see what someone said here, here, over here, and oh, here too). Nothing like getting 1,400 folks in your hometown excited about what we’re building! As we always mention, we’re just getting started. Expect to see some amazing new additions in Cage super soon.
We wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (as most of you in other parts of the world likely don’t), we’d like to wish you a Happy Thursday! ;)
It’s been an awesome year and we can’t believe it’s almost over. 2013 is going to have some exciting and interesting things in store, we can’t wait to share! A big thank you to all of our customers, our families, and our extended families for the continued support (we couldn’t do what we do without you).
Enjoy your holiday!
New Features: Hooray for Multi-page PDFs!
Since we launched Cage earlier this summer, it’s been amazing to see all the companies and teams sign up and use Cage with their clients and internally. For all of you that use Cage, a big thank you from everyone on our team. We’ve had a great few months, learning a lot about what we can do to make Cage an even better tool for real-time creative collaboration.
We’ve just recently launched the first of many big updates to Cage that includes a variety of new features that have come highly requested (the screenshot above actually hints at two of them). Every one of these updates corresponds to a piece of feedback we’ve received from our customers since our launch in July. As always, it’s our goal to continue to make Cage an indispensable tool for creatives everywhere.
We’ve now expanded file support to cover more than 100 file formats (this was a big undertaking). In doing so, we’ve tackled something that was needed, full support for multi-page PDFs. You can now upload and review your large PDFs and print proofs that you would save from apps like Illustrator or InDesign in Cage. We also released full support for audio formats too (this means you sound engineers, and creatives working in radio advertising will love this). Lastly, the addition of keyboard shortcuts are now available in Cage (this makes it fast and easy getting around in the app). As you can tell, it’s an exciting time for us and we’ve been staying busy (not to mention all the behind-the-scenes improvements we’ve made to make Cage faster).
We’re just getting started and have began work on a number of new additions and features that will make Cage simpler, easier, and more useful! If you have an account and you’re interested in being part of the testing send us an email: email@example.com
Thanks for using Cage. We appreciate you!
Nothing like a little “hometown love”. Big thank you to the Daily Oklahoman and NewsOK for the write up on Cage and our recent accolade of being named Top 50 startup for the Pioneers Festival, which had over 850 startups apply from over 58 countries. You can read more here: http://bit.ly/VpcoYa
The good people at Creativity Online and AdAge featured Cage recently and also plugged our video (which has gotten some pretty amazing reviews). You can see the entire article here (you’ll need to have an account): http://creativity-online.com/work/bitconfused-why-cage/29327
We’re giving away a ticket to ThincIowa. If you’ve not heard of ThincIowa, perhaps you’ve heard of BigOmaha. And if you’ve never heard of BigOmaha…well you’re missing out. Jeff, Dusty and the fine crew at Silicon Prairie News put on two of the best conferences we’ve ever been to. We had the privilege of attending BigOmaha this past year. The conference was intimate, inspiring, educational, and fun. Our advisor (and all around good guy) Micah was even a speaker a couple years back (you can watch his talk too)
If you’re interested in going and haven’t purchased a ticket yet, you’re in luck. We’re giving away one ticket to this year’s conference. How do you get this “golden ticket” you ask? Simple, all you have to do is email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet us (we’re @cageapp) a picture of your workspace and we’ll pick our favorite next Thursday (Oct. 4).
We’re bummed we can’t make it, but we’re excited for someone else to have the opportunity to experience what SPN has created. So let’s see those workspaces!
If the words ‘sexy’ and ‘collaboration workflow tool’ could be used in the same sentence… at first glance it is very visual. It looks a bit like a workflow solution combined with a social media environment, with users exchanging friendly notes in a manner similar to commenting on a Facebook status update, or photo upload. It all works within one online application - a creative director in Calgary can set tasks for a designer in Detroit, an illustrator in Inverness and a programmer in Prague. And, they can all be briefed without sending off separate emails…
Cage Pro Accounts are Now Available
We’re super excited to announce that today we have exited the world of beta and announced Cage Pro Subscriptions (and an added bonus for our current customers). From the start, we always wanted Cage to be simple, useful, and affordable. We also wanted the pricing to be flexible, so we created 4 plans. One that’s ideal for Freelancers (1 user and 1 GB of space for $14/mo), one for Small Teams (up to 8 users and 5 GB of space for $49/mo), one for Agencies/Studios (up to 20 users and 15 GB of space $89/mo), and one for Really Big Teams (unlimited users and 30GB of space for $179/mo). Everything else? Well, that’s UNLIMITED! You get unlimited projects, revisions, tasks, approvals, notifications, notes, and clients/reviewers. This means if you’re a freelance videographer (or designer or animator), you can use Cage for $14/mo on potentially hundreds of clients without needing to upgrade. That’s pretty sweet!
What’s this mean for you? If you’re already using Cage, you will continue to have access to all of the awesome features Cage has to offer during a two-week period and no changes will be made to your account. However, at the expiration of this two-week period, if you haven’t upgraded your account, it will soon be inaccessible (which is going to make us really sad). But check your inbox, there’s a surprise for you in the email we sent (our tiny way of saying thanks).
With this announcement, the icing on the proverbial cake is that we’ve also made some updates and improvements to the entire experience (the client experience has significantly improved), in addition to making Cage even faster (in some cases, uploads are almost twice as fast). What to expect in the coming weeks? Stay tuned as our team makes huge updates to the task management system, expands file format support (yep, PDF support is in the works), adds new improvements to the video player (for you hardcore editors out there), and so much more!
We’re helping over 20,000 users better collaborate and get their work approved faster (so if you choose to upgrade, you’ll be in good company…we promise). Some are teams working at the biggest brands in the world, but most are companies you’ve never heard of; companies “down the street” that are doing amazing work on crazy small budgets. Cage is a small team (four to be exact) and we’re passionate about these companies. When they’re successful, we’re successful.
This past week has been a record week here at Cage. We’ve seen thousands of files, projects, notes (and even more comments), tasks, revisions, and approvals being added to Cage. What could be even more awesome you ask? We’re seeing a couple hundred of those files being approved each day (and that’s really exciting).
We’re looking forward to you all joining the Cage family and we thank you for being a big part of it thus far (we’re just getting started). If you haven’t signed up for an account, please feel free to give it a try (if you don’t like it, you can cancel at anytime). If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team (email@example.com). We wish you all a great weekend! Thanks again!
The Cage Team
Cage is getting better and faster
Wow. Over the last few weeks, our growth has been amazing and our small team has been feverishly trying to keep up with things. We spent some time on architecture and some of the backend services to make sure that working in Cage and uploading files was super fast (so for those of you at games studios and agencies uploading 200MB videos, you will appreciate the speediness we’ve just added).
There’s been plenty of other updates happen too. We work on a weekly development sprint, so expect to see new awesomeness released each week (be sure to clear your cache so you’re seeing the latest). We’ve added some new views in Cage, better organization of data, refined the experience in a few areas, added support for more file formats, and the list goes on (we’ll add a changelog soon so you can stay up-to-date).
Sign in and check it out for yourself. If you have any feedback, you’re welcome to email us (hello @ cageapp.com). Thanks again and enjoy using Cage.
Anyone who has ever done design work for a client, company or even just a friend knows how difficult the feedback stage can be. Whether that feedback comes in the form of phone calls, emails or meetings, getting on the same page is a challenge. One startup out of Oklahoma City wants to change that. With its product Cage, BitConfused is working to make collaboration simple.
As its website states, Cage is a simple way for designers and teams to share, manage and approve their creative work. Built by the team at BitConfused, the product features a nice, clean environment for the creative to receive clear and organized feedback from the client or team member. The user is given a small crosshairs and can highlight the specific area of a design on which they want to comment. The feedback is then threaded in a clean interface, and other members can weigh in…
Google docs 2.0 - Cage, a new online collaboration tool, just launched. The venue provides a secure environment for creative teams in web, mobile, print, video, design, 3D and motion graphics to present their work for feedback and approval…
Cage provides your clients and team the ability to approve work faster. It is useful for any type of designer, artist or creative team without a lot of clutter. I really like the user-interface of Cage. It looks really clean, nice and professional.
Cage does away with the need for sprawling group email threads discussing revisions, replacing them with a simple interface that lets anyone view the current draft and highlight any element they’d like to discuss by drawing a box around it. Each highlighted element then has its own discussion thread, allowing everyone involved in the project to have their say in a format that’s easy to keep track of, and, most importantly, tied closely to the design work itself.
There’s a funny thing about giving thanks and simple phrases like “thank you” and “thanks” and “we appreciate it”…people don’t say them enough. If you saw our Twitter stream this past week, it was full of “thank you’s” - obnoxiously full (and that’s alright by us). That’s because we’re genuinely thankful people thought it was cool and interesting enough to want to share it with their friends (and at the end of the day, that’s really cool). From all the tweets, to the people I’ve worked with daily, words can’t express how ridiculously thankful I am for helping make the new Cage a reality.
Over the last few months, our small team has ferociously dedicated ourselves to solving what we feel is a huge void in the creative collaboration space. Many people played a role in this and I felt it was right to publicly thank them (I don’t believe I’ve left anyone out, but if I have, I’m a jerk and I’m sorry).
To all in our private beta group for the insights, valuable feedback, and support (there’s too many of you to name, but you know who you are).
To the amazing team at Staplegun. An agency in our own backyard that does amazing motion graphics work. You helped us tell a fantastic story with our new video (it helps that Staplegun loves the product themselves, but they went above and beyond). I’m thankful to have worked with Philip, Matt, Seth, Christa, and the team there (big, big thanks to Todd at Beautiful Day Images who shot behind-the-scenes photography and all the people in the footage too)!
To the lovely folks at Electric Pulp, thank you! EP has been a long-time user of Cage and helped our team in the early stages of revamping the product. Stefan, Aaron, and the entire team there are delightful people who our team enjoyed working with!
To Mauricio, a branding genius. You helped build a new identity for us and we appreciate all of the fantastic work you did.
To the talented crew at Digital-Tutors and Soft Facade. Thank you for providing us with gorgeous assets to use in the new Cage!
To Kyle, Scott, and Paul at Foundry. Thank you for supplying us with some killer work to use in Cage and for some last minute assistance on print and web. Appreciate you guys!
To Chris for the wicked illustrations (you’ll be seeing more of this soon). Thanks for working with our team!
To Blake, who’s been one of our biggest fans throughout all of this. Thank you for answering my constant stream of questions and helping us bring this to the masses!
To our “extended team,” Micah, Spencer, Randy, Billy, Todd, and Brian. We appreciate your constant support. Thank you for taking our IMs, emails, meetings, and phone calls at random hours of the day! Your mentorship and advice have been instrumental.
To the Cage team, a HUGE thank you! Erin and Chad, you guys have played a pivotal role in what we’re building and we appreciate all the long hours, creativity, and hustle. You guys are all-stars in my book!
To my cofounder Justin, who’s the technical half of Cage and often behind the scenes. Thank you for everything you do and have done and for making this product and this team better! The journey has been fun and we’re just getting started!
And finally. To families of the team and my own. For being a continuous support system, understanding when everyone was working late or on the weekends, and for giving us the opportunity to chase our passion! Thank you.
As you can see, Cage was a team effort and could not have been accomplished without the collective help and support of many. I appreciate all of you.
Sandip Patel, Cofounder