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Taut is a communication platform built for how humans communicate, not bots. Quickly deploy a chatroom anywhere, for any purpose, and connect them together.

 Taut is a Core Product of the Lonch Platform

Taut will be a viable standalone product, while also providing a central service that underpins how communication is done between users on the Lonch platform.

Lonch creates Core Products to be used by CrowdFounded product teams “free of charge” in exchange shares in royalties generated by the product. Through these Core Products Lonch provides tools to help CrowdFounded products succeed and assumes the upfront risk in the event that those CrowdFounded products do not succeed, to remove the upfront financial burden from the CrowdFounding product team. 

By contributing to this Core Product you are helping to bootstrap the Lonch Platform. 

Functionality

People First

Designed from the ground up for how people communicate and collaborate from 1 on 1 communications to scale with hundreds of participants.

End to End Encryption

We got you covered. Everything is encrypted in transit and at rest using the highest of industry standard best practices.

Bot Supported

First class bot support, AI, and 3rd party integration.

Embed Anywhere

Add a chat room anywhere. See all your chat rooms in one place regardless of where the conversation started.

Immutable History

The option to enable a blockchain inspired communication history to ensure that the history is pure. If it’s ever necessary to prove accountability, there are audit tools available.

Collapse Conversations

Collapse active conversations into threads and provide an outcome summary. Conversely, unravel threads into to the chat room.

Move Conversations

Move entire conversations from one chat room to another and bring active participants along for the ride.

Seamlessly transition to real time collaboration and back

Everyone is already in the same conversation in the same room, immediately connect those people for a discussion over voice, video, or virtual reality and embed the recorded conference in the chat for others to review, or read the transcript.

Brandable

Taut is fully customizeable and brandable for businesses who choose to use the Taut service for their needs. 

Market Competitors

Below are a list of the most successful competitors in this space.

Slack

Slack is the current market leader for collaboration. It has earned the trust of many major companies concerned about security and leveraging a simple interface it makes itself accessible to many users at the cost of functionality. They have leaned heavily into integrations and bots as the way to future success. 

slack.com

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft’s answer to communication, heavily integrated into Office 365. Does what it needs to with a less than stellar user experience.

office.com

Rocket Chat

Open source chat solution with a large amount of overlapping features to Taut.

rocket.chat

Matrix

Matrix is an open network for secure, decentralized communication. It embodies a lot of the ideas and principles near and dear to Taut.

matrix.org

Why Create Another Solution?

There are already many chat solutions available, so why should we create our own?

 

Lonch Requires Tight Integration

Taut integrates tightly with other Lonch products as the corner stone for communication between products. It’s used in Raisr, Rapids, Loope, and Bounty and other planned products. This level of integration can not be achieved with current solutions.

Lonch Requires immutable and audit-able history

Many types of correspondence related to building products require an audit-able history for keeping a history of decision making, as well as ensuring accountability. This is even more true when compensating based on contribution across a distributed workforce. Off the shelf solutions allow administrators to mutate histories. 

Lonch wants to provide a turnkey set of tools to its users

Part of our commitment to our community is to add value in exchange for a stake in their product success. This means a better customer experience, and a set of tools that let’s products hit the ground running.

Lonch wants to reduce cost.

Lonch has no control over up front expenses for 3rd party solutions. While it may be possible one day to negotiate such conditions. The current market demands that we build our own products that we can then sell B2B, and offer for “free” to our platform customers.

Roadmap

Below is the overall progress for the first v1.0 release which focuses on a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Milestone: Develop Spec

Goal Status
Plan Cloud Architecture around microservices and FaaS

Develop Spec, Milestones and Roadmap

Risks

Risk Mitigation Concern
Entire Lonch Platform depends on Taut Failure to execute could result in the entire platform being unusable. We are developing an MVP of Taut early on to ensure that Taut grows to serve the needs of Lonch first and foremost. High
Getting security right is incredibly hard. We are leveraging Locke for API centric security. We’re also employing best practices right from the beginning by ensuring we have qualified security experts on the team. Medium
We create this service and there is no interest in it. We will still be adding value to products that use the Lonch Platform which will help bootstrap the service as more people leverage the free service. Medium

Join the Taut Team

By joining this product you are helping to bootstrap the Lonch Platform. You will also receive royalties for sales that run through the Taut service. Royalties come from a la carte sales to businesses which use Taut, and a portion of royalties from the future success of the Lonch Platform is fed back into the Core Products that make up the platform. 

We want contributors who are dedicated to the product and the Lonch Platform as a whole, but we understand that people’s priorities and lives can change. Because of that we only require a short term commitment. When you’re ready to move on to other product teams or ventures you are free to do so, knowing that your royalties will continue to be paid to you even after you have left.

Contributors make their own schedules, work wherever they want, and must provide their own equipment (computer, hardware, software, services).

Current Open Positions

Products on the Lonch platform are 100% based on contributions from contributors. It is possible for a single contributor to “wear multiple hats” and contribute across multiple role expectations below. We look to provide skill coverage among the listed expectations. Since this is a different way to think about work, and to make it easier to digest, we are listing individual roles in the traditional business model. We fully expect individuals to provide partial overlap for many of these expectations. As this product and platform matures we will likely list skill sets as opposed to antiquated roles.

Traditional Role Expectations
Advisor Advisors will provide insight into services similar to Taut and help us avoid common pitfalls and identify unique feature offerings that pull us out of the traditional red ocean of Communication systems.
Product Manager

Experience managing a software product for both internal and external use.

Has an innate understanding of feature requirements and what brings values to customers at every levels (B2B, B2C, and Internal Consumption).

Project Manager

Scrummaster and Agile development expertise, ensuring a project stays on task and work is being effectively delivered.

Familiar with budgeting and compensation for work delivered.

Legal Counsel

Security and Liability focused counsel to establish requirements for the team to follow. The ideal candidates will be proactive in identifying issues that may present problems with the business model a present, and into the future.

Experience writing Terms of Service and Privacy Policies for service and technology oriented businesses. Experience with GDPR and CCPA and can help ensure that we are compliant. Experience with international law as we scale Taut globally.

Security Expert

Guide the team to best practices when building architecture around authentication, authorization and permissions, to ensure security holes are closed before being released to the wild. Ideal contributors will have experience as a Whitehat Hacker participating in programs like HackerOne.

Experience in:

    • Performing SQL Injection attacks
    • Cross-Origin Resource Sharing
    • Cross-site request forgery
    • Denial of Service
    • GDPR and CCPA and know the standard practices to identify user flows and scrubing data when users opt out of systems.
    • Perform penetration testing, and automated testing
    • Securing Cloud Based infrastructure, particularly around stateless implementations on AWS
Dev Ops Engineer Experience setting up DevOps cycles using typical development stacks such as: Git, CI/CD tools, automated testing, deployment to Docker, building local development environments, integration with issue tracking tools like JIRA, experience with FaaS services such as Kubeless.
Backend Software Engineer

Experience working with FaaS stateless backends, microservices, RESTful APIs, Websockets, Swagger, and building this all on a typescript platform, with unit and integration tests to validate code quality.

Must be security minded.

Frontend Software Engineer

Experience with building highl responsive frontend experiences that adhere to the UI/UX Designer’s requirements. Experience with React, ReactNative, VueJS, and other javascript solutions. Experience writing code in Typescript. Comfortable employing templating engines when it makes sense to do so.

Must be security minded.

Brand Manager Capable of working with the Product Visionary, Product Manager and the UI/UX designer to define the brand for the product.
AWS Certified Engineer Experience developing highly scaleable infrastructures using FaaS technologies in a cloud plaform agnostic way on AWS’ platform. Experience with EKS, Docker, Kubeless, EC2, S3, etc.
UI/UX Designer

Experience building stellar user experiences from the first moment the user is using our service. Everything should be intuitive and frictionless along the expected user flows as much as possible. You understand that in application development that user experience is paramount to building habits and that habits are key to customer retention.

This designer will help build our design system and design libraries for the product. They will form as a barrier to releasing works that do not adhere to design.

Recruiter Ability to identify trustworthy talent that believes in the vision of Taut, and ultimately Lonch to trade their experience and skill for royalty tokens and a future stake in the product.

 

 

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