About 2 weeks ago, our co-working space was invaded by dozens of coders from Montréal and Toronto for HackMTL. Short summary of the event: Creative devs + diverse APIs + distraction-free coding time = 14 great apps.
We decided to build something as well and ended up doing a Chrome extension that displays attachments and emails within Highrise, a CRM webapp from 37signals. The concept is pretty simple:
- Daily communication with clients happens mainly by email;
- Email clients don’t do a good job at displaying a summary of information about contacts, CRM apps are much better at it;
- Getting emails into a CRM means adding an obscure address as BCC for every email address you send and forwarding incoming emails to that same address. That’s just bad.
- What if emails and attachments magically appeared within the CRM?
Four hours later, we had a Chrome extension that adds shared attachments and recent emails when you view a contact. No more BCC, no more file uploads. As long as it’s somewhere in your email, it will be visible when you login Highrise. See it in action:
We had to do this through a browser extension and for now, it only works if you have a Gmail or Google Apps account. Developers can use our Email API to easily do a similar integration natively in their own app.
Read more about HackMtl on NextMontreal: http://nextmontreal.com/hackmtl-a-huge-success