Pieces is on a mission to revolutionize developer productivity by changing the way we interact with code snippets, screenshots, and other file fragments. Follow our journey here as we share our latest events, partnerships, and other exciting moments!
Copilot & Local Processing
Today marks a major step for Pieces for Developers, our user community, and enterprise adoption of LLMs!
Today, you can use Pieces for Developers Desktop Application and our Copilot completely offline and on-device. Explore our Copilot video to see it in action and download Pieces for yourself.
You can choose your model and see the many other local and cloud LLMs that we support or that are coming soon!
Google Cloud Next
We're excited to share our enriching experiences from Google Cloud Next. This event was a testament to the power of networking and collaboration, as we engaged in meaningful discussions with industry leaders like the JetBrains and Google Workspace teams.
Our interactions have paved the way for enhanced product integration and potential GChat developments. Our conversations with SaaS founders shed light on the intricacies of developing for a niche audience.
The insights from the Startup Lounge and various workshops highlighted the transformative potential of generative AI in software development. As we move forward, we're eager to harness these learnings and connections to drive innovation for our community.
Product Hunt Launch
Launching on Product Hunt is one of the most exciting things you can do as a startup. It can be a way to break into the market, disrupt current technologies, and deploy new ideas that change the way consumers think about their current products. Product Hunt is the place to discover and launch new tech products.
Hundreds of products are launched every day, bringing in close to 5 million monthly visitors to the site. That group is mostly comprised of tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and investors. Throughout the day, the products that receive the most engagement and upvotes from the audience work their way to the top of the list.
Once all the dust settled, Pieces for Developers came in at 5th overall! We received a great deal of feedback, support, and partnership opportunities from the launch. All of this paired with our solid growth was a great way to close out the 2nd quarter and set us up for a successful second half of the year!
Introducing the Pieces for JupyterLab Extension
We're thrilled to announce our latest innovation designed to amplify your productivity in JupyterLab—the Pieces for Developers JupyterLab Extension. Tailored to match the modern necessities of data scientists, researchers, and software developers, this extension seamlessly integrates with JupyterLab's web-based interactive development environment.
- Pieces Copilot powered by qGPT: Interact with a context-aware chatbot to get answers specific to your Jupyter notebooks.
- Enrich Selected Code: Annotate your code snippets within JupyterLab, making it easier to understand and share.
- Real-time Streaming: Changes sync across all Pieces integrations, providing a unified experience across different platforms.
- Snippet Management: Save, find, and utilize your code snippets effortlessly. Share them with peers through a seamless sharing mechanism.
Obsidian Plugin Now Available
We're excited to launch the Pieces for Developers Obsidian Plugin, a transformative tool tailored for developers within Obsidian.
Obsidian is a knowledge management application that operates on local plain text markdown files, allowing users to craft interconnected notes, often likened to a "second brain." It emphasizes privacy by storing data locally and shines with features like linking, backlinking, and a visual graph view that represents the connections between notes. With a blend of core and community plugins, users can enhance its functionality. While the base software is free, there are premium options for advanced features, making it a favorite among researchers, writers, and avid note-takers.
Highlights from Build
Pieces for Developers made a strong showing at Microsoft Build 2023. As a Microsoft Copilot Partner, we are currently building and shipping new experiences to the 300 million monthly active users on Microsoft Teams. Pieces was mentioned multiple times in sessions at Microsoft Build, including in all three keynote addresses.
- Pieces for Developers was mentioned in all three keynote addresses. It’s a big milestone for a startup like ours to share the stage with much larger companies. It was great to see our logo up on the screen with businesses that we would love to work with!
Pieces for Developers had a live demo at Build! The session was about how developers could better use Microsoft Teams. It was well-attended, and many attendees were interested in learning more about Pieces. Check out what the app enables developers to do in Teams.
Pieces for Developers also received a shout-out from our friend Sebastian Holst. He hosted a pre-recorded a session on Collaboration by design in the age of AI and the modern workplace.
Microsoft Build was a great experience for the Pieces for Developers team. We were excited that our focus on building AI-powered experiences for developers directly in the tools that they love is consistent with the messaging and demos that were showcased throughout Build. We look forward to continuing to connect and collaborate with our Microsoft Partner peers by bringing their developers solutions that will help everyone to build better software.
Highlights from InfoShare
In May 2023, several members of our Engineering team exhibited Pieces at InfoShare, the largest tech event in CEE. Pieces for Developers was one of the first booths that attendees could visit upon entering the exhibit hall, and our team shared Pieces with hundreds of developers.
Our team greatly enjoyed their time at InfoShare, as it allowed us to more closely connect with our users and gather valuable feedback on Pieces for Developers.
Microsoft Build 2023
The Pieces Team is thrilled and humbled to attend Microsoft Build as a Partner Startup!
Over the past few months, along with our partners at Microsoft, we have developed a Microsoft Teams app that will greatly enhance a user’s ability to share code and other developer materials in Teams. This partnership brings the developer closer to Teams, and furthers our goal to facilitate saving, sharing, enriching, and reusing code between a developer’s favorite tools.
Pieces will be featured in a discussion of Managing world-class DevOps with Microsoft Teams. In this session, we will see how the new Teams App and the Pieces Desktop App work in harmony to capture context and enable great collaboration, comprehension, and searchability for even the most technical of organizations.
The Pieces team is excited to be attending in-person, as this year's Microsoft Build conference is expected to showcase the increasing adoption of AI-powered tools and platforms. AI plug-ins and extensions add new functionality to existing products, while custom integrations can be tailored to the specific needs of the application or use case.
If you are a Microsoft 365 customer or a Teams user, please download the Pieces for Developers Microsoft Teams App, now available on the Teams Store!
Pieces for Developers Microsoft Teams App Available on Teams Store!
We’re excited to launch a new Microsoft Teams app that empowers developers, engineers and data scientists who use Teams to collaborate and share resources throughout their organization. Pieces for Microsoft Teams provides users with new capabilities that streamline code sharing and enhance collaboration within Teams.
With Pieces for Microsoft Teams, users can use chat commands to execute various functions. Please make sure your Pieces OS is updated to the latest version; you need to be on version 4.2.3 or newer to access all of these capabilities in Teams.
Here are a few of our favorites: (See the full list and learn all about the Pieces Teams App.)
- @Pieces Save saves the previous message to Pieces.
- @Pieces Discover scans the desired chat/team for code attachments and saves them to the Pieces desktop app.
- @Pieces Enrich enriches the previous message (assuming it’s a code snippet) with AI-powered metadata such as related links, related people, title, language classification, and more.
Pieces for Microsoft Teams is available now! For more information, please visit the Pieces for Developers website and contact us for onboarding help or feature requests. Come see us at Microsoft Build and learn more about how we built this application and what to expect next!
Exciting news! Pieces for Developers has been featured in the TLDR newsletter highlighting the recent appearance on GitHub's YouTube Channel. The team at Pieces for Developers is on a mission to reimagine the modern developer’s workflow, and what they've built is probably the most advanced code snippet manager/productivity helper to date.
During the live-stream on GitHub's YouTube channel, Tsavo Knott, along with Rizel Scarlett (Developer Advocate at GitHub), the Pieces Team, and a lively audience had a blast chatting it up about developer productivity and what our start-up is ambitiously building. The event was packed with bleeding-edge demos from our latest release, showcasing simple yet creative features that didn't go unnoticed
We're thrilled to be showcased by GitHub and to have had the opportunity to share our vision and tools with their community. Check out the recap highlight clips from the live-stream and try it out for yourself! Better developer productivity starts with the simple things, and Pieces is here to help!
GitHub Showcase on Youtube
Pieces was showcased on GitHub's YouTube channel and across their social media to hundreds of thousands of subscribers. This was the inaugural episode of GitHub's "Start it up Wednesday," a new show hosted by GitHub's Rizel Scarlett. Tsavo Knott demonstrated how Pieces for Developers integrates with a modern developer's workflow on the episode titled, “Optimizing your Development Workflow with AI.”
The livestream was over an hour long and showcased cutting-edge machine learning that left the audience awestruck. Knott demoed the latest features of the Pieces Desktop app, including the ability to generate new code from a short, plain English description, provide relevant descriptions and links to external resources, and share with teammates (soon via Microsoft Teams). He also demonstrated offline capabilities, proving that the age of on-device ML is here.
Google Founders Forum
Tsavo Knott, CEO of Pieces for Developers, was one of the distinguished speakers at the recent Google Chicago Founders Forum.
The event brought together top startup founders, VC firms, and Google leaders to learn, network, and drive innovation through technology. The forum aimed to discuss how disruptive technologies can help build a better tomorrow, and Knott shared his insights on how Pieces is solving hard problems and changing the way developers work. The event included an industry innovators panel series that highlighted “Game Changers” in the field, who emphasized the importance of innovation and collaboration in driving progress. The event was a great opportunity for Knott to share his vision of Pieces and engage with other leaders in the tech industry.
Microsoft Partner Startup
Pieces for Developers Welcomed into Microsoft 365 Ecosystem as Startup Partner
As we broaden our range of integrations and plugins to cover the entire developer workflow, we have joined forces with Microsoft as a partner startup.
Our collaboration with Microsoft will include developing a Pieces product for Microsoft Teams to help expand the Teams value proposition for developers.
We plan to nurture this relationship as we share customers among the vast number of developers using GitHub, Visual Studio Code and Teams. We are excited to work with Microsoft to bring innovative solutions to these customers and appreciate their support.
ONNX Runtime Microsoft Blog
Pieces for Developers featured on the Microsoft Open Source Blog, highlighting the partnership between ONNX Runtime (Microsoft) and Pieces.
We embed ML into all of our products to ensure full coverage of the developer workflow. Pieces needs to run these models from the desktop, terminal, integrated development environment, browser, and team communication channels.
ONNX Runtime emerged as the clear winner for an on-device model serving platform that would provide Pieces with low latency, privacy, and performance, while still giving machine learning engineers the flexibility that cloud serving offers. ONNX Runtime offers a standardized model optimization pipeline, and Pieces has used ONNX Runtime's convert generation.py tool to implement a T5 transformer model for code description generation. ONNX Runtime gracefully meets both performance and state-of-the-art machine learning model needs.
In-House ML + OpenAI’s GPT-4 Power AI in Pieces
When you save a code snippet to Pieces, our offline and on-device AI auto-enriches those developer materials. This makes it easier for our users to save, search, share, reference, and reuse their code snippets throughout their work-in-progress journey.
In an effort to continuously improve our in-product experiences, we quickly integrated with OpenAI’s GPT-3, GPT-3.5, and now GPT-4 APIs. This will give users who take advantage of our Blended ML Model option advanced AI capabilities that merge the best of our in-house ML with OpenAI’s. Language classifications, tags, descriptions, and related links will all receive a boost.
ChatGPT dramatically increases the volume of code written every day. With that, we are seeing a role-change in developer workflows, where there is not only an increased need to curate from these generated materials; but further, developers are needing to save, search, share, reference, and reuse the outputs of Generative AI like we've never seen before.
- Tsavo Knott
Github - Partner Startup
As a customer of GitHub Enterprise that utilizes many of their tools, the GitHub for Startups Team took notice of our work and extended an invitation to collaborate as a Partner Startup.
Github Universe 2022
In November 2022, Tsavo Knott, CEO and Co-Founder of Pieces, and Mark Widman, Head of Engineering at Pieces, traveled to San Francisco for GitHub Universe. At the conference, Knott and Widman learned more about GitHub Copilot, GitHub’s AI initiatives, and GitHub’s advancements in collaboration between development teams. The Pieces for Developers team also met dozens of developers from around the world and learned about innovative new products that are helpful to all devs.
Startup Cincy Week 2022
From October 10-14 2022, Pieces was proud to sponsor Startup Cincy week. Hosted by Cintrifuse and Union Hall, Startup Cincy week was a showcase and celebration of all of the startups that Cincinnati has to offer, including Pieces for Developers. The Pieces Team participated in job fairs, pitch competitions, and community-building events all week long, and are immensely proud to be a pillar of the Cincinnati Startup community.
Best Tech Startups: CincyInno
In early 2022, Pieces was nominated as one of the best tech startups in Cincinnati, OH. It was an honor to be nominated for such an award in our hometown and to be recognized by our peers in the area. read more
Pieces for VS Code Trending on the VS Code Marketplace
Pieces is excited to announce that our VS Code extension is a top trending extension on the VS Code marketplace! This achievement is a testament to the value that our extension provides to developers who are looking for a more streamlined and efficient development experience.
Our extension provides developers with the ability to save frequently used code snippets directly in VS Code to the Pieces Desktop App. With contextual metadata, developers can easily search, share, reference, and reuse these code snippets, thereby saving valuable time and increasing productivity.
As we continue to innovate and build new features, we welcome feedback from our users. Our team is dedicated to providing the capabilities that developers need to make their development experience more efficient and effective. Let us know what capabilities you would like Pieces to provide in your IDE, and we'll work hard to make it happen.
Pieces Helps Developers Save & Organize Code Snippets Directly from the Browser with Chromium Browser Extension
The Pieces team is excited to announce a new Chromium-based browser extension that empowers developers to save code snippets and other important information directly from their browser window with a single click. Once saved, the material is automatically enriched with contextual metadata, making it effortlessly searchable, shareable, and reusable.
Developers no longer need to worry about where they put their important code snippets and other essential information. With Pieces, they can save and organize their work in a matter of seconds, freeing up time to focus on what really matters: building better software.
Pieces for Developers is the tool you need to streamline your workflow and boost your productivity. This new browser extension will make it even easier to access the AI capabilities in the desktop application.
Pieces for JetBrains released
Developers using the JetBrains Suite of IDEs can now benefit from the same superpowers found in Pieces for VS Code.
We are excited to announce the Pieces for JetBrains plugin! This will allow developers to save code snippets directly from their IDE into the Pieces for Developers Desktop Application.
Future versions of the application (This is Live! 🎉) will also allow developers to access their saved snippets in their IDE, along with all the contextual metadata, providing insights about the code directly in their workflow. Seamlessly transferring developer materials from the research, enrichment, and implementation phases of development will help to eliminate context switching and drive improvements in productivity, all to help our users build better software!
5 under 25
Main Street Ventures introduced Launch It: Cincy, a program aimed at encouraging student-led startups in Cincinnati. As part of this initiative, Cincy Inno selected five entrepreneurs under the age of 25 who have the potential to become the next power players in the city's startup space. One of these entrepreneurs is Pieces' very own Co-Founder & CEO, Tsavo Knott. Pieces is an Over-the-Rhine-based technology startup that has built a productivity platform that enables saving and sharing of file fragments.
Pieces for VS Code: Productivity Enhancements Directly in your IDE
VS Code users can now streamline their development workflow with the new Pieces for Developers VSCode Extension. This powerful extension enables developers to save code snippets from VS Code to the Pieces Desktop App. With enriched contextual metadata, the saved code snippets are easier to search, share, reference, and reuse, making the development process more efficient and effective.
The first version of the Pieces for Developers extension is for developers who are looking for a simple solution within their IDE. By simplifying the process of code reuse, this plugin will help developers save time and increase productivity, leading to faster development cycles and improved software quality.
Series Seed Raise
Cincinnati, OH - Pieces for Developers, a deep tech startup, announced today that it has raised $8 million in a series seed funding round led by Drive Capital, a Columbus-based venture capital firm. Additionally, the company secured $3 million in venture debt from Silicon Valley Bank. The funding was raised in June 2021, and the company plans to use the capital to accelerate the product development of its first-in-kind productivity suite for developers.
Pieces for Developers is rethinking the modern developer workflow to eliminate the chaos of context switching and allow developers to be more efficient in their research and collaboration. The suite plugs into and streamlines existing developer tools to provide a unified, customizable environment, saving time and improving productivity.
We are thrilled to partner with Drive Capital and Silicon Valley Bank to take Pieces to the next level," said Tsavo Knott, Co-founder and CEO of Pieces for Developers. "Our vision is to become the go-to productivity suite for developers, and this funding will enable us to bring our platform to even more developers worldwide.
The investment round was led by Chris Olsen of Drive Capital. Olsen later joined the Pieces team as its newest board member.
Pieces for Developers is rethinking the modern developer workflow to eliminate the chaos of context switching and be more efficient in their research and collaboration. The suite plugs into and streamlines existing developer tools to provide a unified, customizable environment, saving time and improving productivity.