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folk Log Book

Welcome to our Log Book 📗 In here, you can find below a list of projects and tasks that the engineering team has performed over the past. This is neither meant to be exhaustive nor beautiful but to give a glimpse at what we do on a daily basis.

December 2022

Team Size: 9

Projects:

  • Email attachments It’s great to be able to send emails within folk but is it really useful if you can’t add that cute little gif showing a hug between a dog and a goose
  • Improve our duplicates detection system Why clean your data when we can do it for you?
  • Sort by any fields - part 2 Allowing to sort your data by any field you want is a commodity feature. It is now possible to filter by ALL fields including the ones created by our users. Now completely finished.
  • Improved CSV import Importing companies and their custom fields properly. Confirm the mapping and let the magic happen ✨

DevX

  • Moving all our chrome extension builds to the ci Making sure everything is automatically built and traceable
  • Monitoring improvement Automatically monitor all of our routes properly, see trends and raise alerts.

November 2022

Team Size: 9

Projects

  • Contact enrichment via DropContact We have integrated DropContact to enrich contacts with emails, phone numbers, job titles and position gathered on the web with their stateless technology. Enrichment requests are made by our users and the data is automatically populated as soon as it is available.
  • Sort by any fields Allowing to sort your data by any field you want is a commodity feature. It is now possible to filter by ALL fields including the ones created by our users.
  • New search page This new search allows our users to see the whole of their data to smoothen the creation of contact lists where the magic happens in folk.
  • Definition of active user It is of utmost importance to us that we clearly understand who our users are and what they need and want. It’s not an easy job in a PLG business and it starts with clearly defining what an active user is and identify them so we can bring them even more value.
  • Mobile webapp What can we say about this one? It’s pretty obvious that it’s nearly for a business like ours not to be available on mobile.

DevX

  • Strengthen security We have done a round of security improvements.
  • Improve web sockets resiliency WebSockets can sometimes be capricious and terminate. We have improved their resiliency and they are now wiser than ever (and don’t disconnect).
  • Improve architecture processes Making sure we are all on the same page about how we want how architecture and stack to grow is very important to folk. So we made sure to have a lightweight process that keeps everyone aligned. Async notes and a short sync meeting make sure everybody knows what they should know.

October 2022

Team Size: 9

Projects

  • Templates library Starting with a new tool can be tricky: empty workspaces and writer’s block can happen pretty quickly. Applying templates gives you examples and a feel of the power of folk. Even better, the community is not far behind.
  • Entri for DNS records Setting DNS records to authenticate emails and avoid behind identified as spammers is essential when you are doing marketing campaigns. But it’s such a hassle. Entri makes is easy to propagate DNS records so everything works smoothly.
  • Automatic acquisition channel performance analysis Being a PLG product, we need to know what acquisition channels are working and which are not. We have automatized all this and get consolidated views. We feel like growth hackers and it feels good!
  • Deploy first Kafka use case Kafka is here and we are using it in production now 🙌 It’s a big step forward as it will help us grow our architecture.

DevX

  • Write runbooks We now have a complete documentation describing our domains and deployment units, how to deploy them and their dependencies. We also know what to do when they don’t work.
  • Monitoring utils package Tooling to simplifying our monitoring. It feels good to easily see clearly.
  • Start using AWS spot Because money is money.

September 2022

Team Size: 10

Projects

  • Messages statistics Nothing is more frustrating that sending an email campaign have and no idea if it was successful. It’s now possible to track delivery and open rates. Ooooooh yeah!
  • In-app payment Because money is money.
  • Add a search on our Chrome extension So far you could only fetch the information of the opened LinkedIn profil. Now you can display in our Chrome extension any profil from your workspace.
  • Onboarding AB test Quick AB test to see if it was worth it to remove an onboarding step. Guess what: it was not.
  • Made public views responsive Because you open them from your mobile sometimes. A mobile phone is that thing always in your hand…

DevX

  • Optimize DB sizes Performance is key. DB sizes is part of this game.
  • SQS package Extract utils in a package to deal with SQS queues. Simpler, easier.
  • Update to React 18 Oh boy! Thank you Antoine (T) for this one! One for the team 🙏

August 2022

Team Size: 10

Projects

  • Share views publicly You can now share some of your folk data publicly. You share a link, people can see some nice tables with interesting information.
  • Add contact strongest connections Wanna know which of your colleagues knows this cool guy best? Well we compute that for you. You can now ask for a recommandation or try to get closer to the cool guy (but don’t say anything).
  • Refactoring: preparing the introduction of Kafka in our stack We see Kafka as an step forward in our architecture but one does not simply add Kafka in their stack. This was a major refactor; it clarified how we wanted to deal with data from now on.
  • Data Warehouse We have our own datawarehouse! We have our own datawarehouse! Thanks Alex!!
  • Optimized merge contact route from ~1.5sec to 300ms Because time is money.

DevX

  • Set up VPN access in replacement of IP whitelisting No one likes to update an IP whitelist.
  • Improved prioritization system of technical projects How do you prioritize getting rid of ternary operators against having braces inline with if? Now we know.
  • Set up internal CI runners Sped up CI jobs and it’s also cheaper.