David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), creator of Ruby on Rails and founder of Basecamp, thinks big tech is crowding out innovation. Last January, the entrepreneur took his Twitter rants directly to Congress, testifying in front of the House Antitrust Committee:
“ A small company like ours simply has no real agency to reject or resist the rules set by big tech. And neither do consumers. The promise that the internet was going to cut out the middleman has been broken ”
Last week, DHH launched Hey, an email client.
Things to know about Hey:
- Hey reimagines a lot of core features of email, including message threading, filtering, and attachments.
- Hey is privacy-first. It blocks tracking pixels, labeling them as “spy trackers.”
- Hey is hot . It was Product Hunt’s most popular launch last week. Early beta invites were selling for $300 a piece on eBay.
But Hey isn’t just an email client: it’s DHH’s salvo against big tech. Hey takes on Gmail and Apple Mail directly, with competing web and iOS apps.