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A Look Back at Harvest in 2011

In 2011, we made over 800 updates to Harvest. We had countless conversations with our customers, added new features, refined old features and fixed issues. The constant evolution is a part of who we are as a cloud-based software company. A new update can be deployed to our customers in over 100 countries in an instant and we love that.

It’s About the Team

Behind the scenes, we’ve focused on growing our team. By December of 2011, we added 8 brilliant Harvesters to round out the team at 19. We’ve learned new ways to work together, whether it’s creating Delta Force teams for support, thinking through feature requests, or getting face time with our customers.

With every new team member we add to Harvest, we’re adding one more mind that’s completely focused on making the Harvest experience better for our customers. Updates are done faster, problems are solved more efficiently and our customer service gets even better (send our support team an email during business hours and you’ll hear back from us within 15 minutes).

It’s been a tremendously educational year for us as a team. If you’d like to learn with us, we’re hiring. :)

Turning 5 Years Old

2011 also marked the 5th year we’re in business as Harvest. Harvest was first created to meet the time tracking needs that Shawn and I had during our days as a design studio.

Since the beginning, we’ve taken the approach of building things one step at a time. At first, it was out of necessity of being bootstrapped, but later, it was because we wanted to keep things simple. Year after year, more and more people adopted Harvest to power their businesses. In the process, we’re honored to have picked up the best kind of funding possible for a company: paying customers. Without the distractions of fundraising, we are free to focus on just making Harvest better.

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our amazing community and customers, so when we turned 5 in April, we launched our Giving Back program. As our users tracked time, we allocated donations towards important causes addressed by Doctors Without Borders, Room to Read and charity: water.

The first 5 years was just the beginning.

A Better Harvest

Our business philosophy is simple: create a great product and tell people about it. There are no gimmicks and no shortcuts. We simply love creating something useful and we’re happiest when our customers tell us how we’ve saved them time and hassle.

Our team proudly stands behind what Harvest offers and we’ve prepared a little something to look back on the major updates last year: Harvest 2011 Year In Review.

Thank you for a great 2011. We can’t wait to share the goodness with you in 2012.

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  • Lets hope 2011 is the year we get a search-function on the invoice list.


  • Erhm… that’s not really possible… but 2012! =D

  • I would like to see the project list select boxes become smart to the you can dynamic search in them. We have a project list of more than 300. When we go to the time sheet view to add time against it, we have to scroll through the list of project every time, rather than being able to just type a few characters and have a much shorter list to review.

  • Karen Schoellkopf on January 30, 2012

    @Thomas @Bryan Thanks for the feedback, though the best way to let us know what you’d like to see in the Harvest of the Future is to email us. Email support AT harvestapp DOT com – this way our team can actually have a conversation with you if more information is needed. And thanks – we’re full steam ahead for 2012!

  • The recently added uninvoiced report is great. It would be even more helpful if I could not only see the uninvoiced amount based on billable hours but also the uninvoiced amount based on project budget. With this information I would always now how much I can invoice, even if the project budget is exceeded. This feature would make my 2012!

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