Welcome to Japetus

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Jeff Haynie
Jeff Haynie

Today, I'm going to introduce you to Japetus.

I've been using Jira for a very long time, almost since the beginning. I met one of the founders of Atlassian at Java World back around the 2003-2004 timeframe. Atlassian was a small, bootstrapped company with a single product: Jira. It was built around Java and Tomcat (is it still?). Coming from Bugzilla, it was amazing.

Over 2 decades later, it is dominant and Atlassian is a big company. Pretty much every engineering and product organization uses Jira. There are some emerging companies that are trying to beat Jira like Linear that are pretty amazing. My co-founder at Appcelerator and Pinpoint is even trying to build a Jira killer. But like a lot of legacy products, Jira is everywhere. Most organizations have too much invested in Jira to move off of it.

So, I decided to build a new product that is built on top of Jira. I'm calling it Japetus. Japetus was the father of Atlas in Greek mythology.

One of the key problems that Japetus solves is modernizing the way that Jira is used. The Jira web app is unnecessarily complex and confusing and so slow. Also, Atlassian just decided to ditch their native Desktop application which was a bit better. It's tough being the 800 lb gorilla that dominates a market.

I'm building Japetus as a drop in replacement to Jira. It's offline first, has both a responsive web app and a native desktop app. It's approachable, super fast, and it's easy to use. You can connect to your Jira instance via OAuth and immediately start using the new experience. It's 100% compatible with your existing Jira instance and uses the official Jira API.

If you'd like to try it out, please join our waiting list. Also, we'd love for you to join our new Discord community and tell us what you'd like to see in Japetus.

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