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Airtable is a platform now

Airtable is a platform now
By Aron Korenblit • Issue #30 • View online
Today at 6PM EST, I’m going to stream the Airtable Platform: Sync, Automations & Apps at 6PM EST.
Complete streaming calendar and an option to be notified before I go live at aatt.io/calendar.
I’m taking the next two weeks off from writing and streaming. In October, I’ll be back with a 4 weekly streams on learning Airtable scripting and Javascript (woo!) where I’ll be the student and everyone can join in. More news to come. Sign up to get notified @ aatt.io/calendar

Heyo!
This week, Airtable launched the Airtable platform which includes the newly launched Airtable Sync, Apps and Automations. If you want to understand each component, you can check out Airtable webinars here or join the stream later today.
Quickly on the features themselves. Sync breaks down the essential barrier stopping folks from collaborating across teams using Airtable. Without it, as Airtable adoption grew, you could end up with different sources of truth within different bases. Sync lets you break those down sharing exactly what each team depends on to get their work done. Automations lets you create business logic within Airtable (when this happens, do that). Apps (which includes all existing blocks) live on top of your Airtable base and let you visualize and update your information. This isn’t just a rebrand of Blocks, you can also now create your own with the Airtable Apps SDK.
That said, what I’m excited about here is this concept of platform. There’s this oft-quoted excerpt from Bill Gates that a platform is a company where the value of things built on top is greater than the platform itself. I like to believe that the value of the workflows built on Airtable is greater than the value of Airtable – or else what are folks paying us for? But that’s also true for every other software company out there. So what about this new launch now makes Airtable a platform?
The Airtable App SDK empowers anyone to solve for a specific use case on top of the existing Airtable infrastructure in the form of an App! Just like an iOs app lets developers leverage the fact that you have an iPhone (and all that entails), the Airtable App SDK lets folks build an app for Airtable and leverage that user base. And there are a lot of people in that userbase: over 200,000 organizations use Airtable, each with a unique set of challenges to solve. With Airtable (now with Sync and Automations), you can go a long way! In a lot of use cases however there comes a point - a last mile if you will - where that functionality isn’t exactly what you need. It could be that you need an integration with an industry specific tool or some combination of actions that are unique to your workflow. Until this week, the only escape valve available was writing a rudimentary script (functionality that is relatively new!). The Airtable App SDK empowers those with the most empathy – citizen developers, internal development teams or 3rd party consultants – to solve that last mile! Analysts expect over half a billion apps to be built over the next three years. We’re hoping to power a lot of those but it just wouldn’t be possible without folks building on top of our existing infrastructure.
I couldn’t be more excited to see what everyone builds. To be totally frank, I wish I knew how to code React so I could truly jump into the fray. For now, I’ll stick to growing the number of folks building in Airtable so y'all have a bigger user base to find opportunities in!
From the Twitter-sphere
Some of my favourite tweets from the launch.
Naya Moss is working on #frauvislowcodehack
I just want the world to know I can not contain my excitement after I saw this tweet, and this was my real reaction of me acting absolutely ridiculous🙈😅😂

Congratulations to @airtable and team🥳 https://t.co/r7uyA91znQ https://t.co/hiobng7TlV
Naya channeled all of us with her reaction to Automations! Thinking of adding “Get Naya’s Reaction” to our launch process.
Howie Liu
2/ To mark the occasion, I’m sharing a few slides from our 2012 vision deck… https://t.co/2a3ztw8E6n
Howie –Airtable’s CEO– broke his Twitter hiatus (or maybe he’s been lurking? I can’t say) to share his thoughts on the launch. He references the original launch deck of Airtable (it’s mostly text, which tells you a lot about our culture!) and just shows you how committed Airtable has been from day one on democratizing software creation.
Connor Finlayson
I don't even know what to say... @airtable - Syncing, Automations & Apps. I cannot believe what I am seeing... https://t.co/Y9UH2gmWjU
It was hard to keep this from you!
See y'all in ~3 weeks!
Best
Aron
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