Former Wunderlist owner wants his service back

By | 08/09/2019

Wunderlist IconWunderlist is a to-do list application. When I was finding some app for managing my to-do list, Wunderlist was the first one I used for a longer time. I also tried Todoist, OmniFocus and even Apple’s Reminders app, until I definitely decided for Things 3 from Cultured Code. Consistency between platforms I use is very important for me and I liked Wunderlist. I used it as an Apple blogger at my former employer to manage tasks in our team. But then something bad happened – Wunderlist was bought by Microsoft, and in 2017, Microsoft said it will retire Wunderlist in favor of its own To-Do app. Wunderlist still works, but it’s just in matter of time when Microsoft retire Wunderlist completely.

Wunderlist is a project originated at 6Wunderkinder company. It was founded in 2010 and created one of the most popular to-do manager in the form of Wunderlist, raising some 35 millions dollars in investors’ cash along the way. In 2015, Wunderlist was sold to Microsoft for about 100 – 200 millions dollars. It raised questions, what will happen to Wunderlist, a startup bought by big company. As I said above, in 2017 Microsoft announced its planned retirement.

After more that 4 years, Christian Reber, a 6Wunderkinder cofounder, wants to buy Wunderlist core product back. On Twitter, Christian Reber said:

Still sad @Microsoft wants to shut down @Wunderlist, even though people still love and use it. I’m serious @satyanadella @marcusash, please let me buy it back. Keep the team and focus on @MicrosoftToDo, and no one will be angry for not shutting down @Wunderlist.

Christian Reber also said his plans if he get Wunderlist back:

  • Make it 100% open-source and free forever (for consumers)
  • Make it blazingly fast, ultra lightweight and keyboard-first on desktops (Superhuman approach)
  • Build shared folders, powerful integrations, collaborative note-taking, board view, powerful API and many more exquisitely crafted details
  • Make cross-team collaboration for businesses amazing: Add roles & responsibilities, pre-defined processes, real-time analytics for teams, maybe even add workspaces
  • Bring back Public Lists, so users can search and share checklists easily

Wunderlist’s original creators – including Christian Reber – went on to launch a new VC-backed startup called Pitch, a next-generation presentation platform, after they sold their company to Microsoft back in 2015.

Christian Reber is also an investor at German VC firm called Freigeist. Though he has many work to do, I would be glad to see Wunderlist’s comeback. I liked its good design, team collaboration and cross-platform compatibility. If you are finding alternative to Wunderlist with similar features, I recommend Todoist.

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