project5

Ilkka Huotari, Founder of Project5.co.

Project5 - the new project management tool

May 12th 2018, 5:09 am

After many litres (gallons, if you prefer) of tea, coffee and countless hours of coding, Project5 is finally ready for the beta.

What is Project5?

Project5, the product, is a project management and team communication tool, delivered as Software as a Service to you, the potential (or existing) customer. You can think of Basecamp or Slack of the products that are geared to do similar tasks. Obviously, there are some things done differently, otherwise, what would be the point?

Product5 is also a bootstrapped company. It is founded and run by Ilkka Huotari. Other products and companies run and created by Ilkka are chttr.co and Embed.rocks.

Going forward, the intent is to create a whole suite of business tools that can be bought from our App Store. What is launched now is just the start and will serve as the basis for everything else that is to come.

The pricing is going to be competitive and friendly even to the smallest of businesses. In fact, one philosophy has been to be competitive in every front, be it user interface, features or pricing. So, unless something drastic happens, that is something you can expect.

Features

One feature that’s sets us apart from the competition, at this point, is security. More specifically, all your private/important data is encrypted with your own key (password), which means that only you can access your data. Even we can’t access it.

Other features that you will get at his point are:

  • Social feed
  • Chat
  • Tasks
  • Files
  • Calendar

Features, in the future

Features next on the line will be:

  • Integration with Twitter and Facebook
  • Video conferences
  • Customizable database, with a handy interface and an API
  • Version control (Git)
  • Document editing
  • Perhaps: customer support features (live chat etc.)
  • Perhaps: Email

About the security

As said, one feature that sets us apart from the rest, at this point, is security. In more detail, what this means is this:

There is no “forgot your password?” feature. This can be seen as a drawback, but since we can’t access your true data, we can’t reset your password either. There will be, though, a feature for automatic backups into some 3rd party cloud provider and you will be able to export your data locally as well.

Your data is encrypted when it enters the database. This means that it is not encrypted in the client, but at the server side. I admit, that it would be even better, if the data was encrypted in the client, but due to some technical limitations, it is done at the server side at the moment. Obviously the data is still encrypted in-transit as well with https (SSL), but the actual encryption with your private key happens on the server. This is still, in my opinion, a lot better than not encrypting your data with your private key.

NOTE: not all data is not encrypted like this. What is encrypted are posts/comments/text in tasks and files. What is not encrypted are things like your name, username and company name, which are deemed of less importance in terms of privacy.

See the proof/demo of our encryption method here: https://ilkkah.project5.co/blog/demoproof-of-our-encryption-method

In beta, feedback appreciated

At this point, as we are in beta, there is no price, and your feedback will be hugely appreciated. You can leave feedback in our forums.