Report: Evernote wants to get into hardware business

Summary:Is Evernote getting into the hardware business? Not quite -- but don't rule out the possibility just yet.

Evernote could soon be growing beyond its family of productivity apps to building its own hardware, based on a new interview.

See also: Evernote launching intensive mentorship program for developers

CEO Phil Libin reportedly recently told IDG News Service that the Redwood City, Calif.-based business is planning to release branded hardware with partners before issuing its own manufactured goods.

But don't expect the private company to start shipping its own hardware (whatever that might be) soon. Libin specified it could be within the next three to five years.

It's also curious as to what kind of hardware could sprout from a startup with a portfolio of apps focused on notetaking and memory sharing with a growing unit around productivity and business-related products.

Evernote has already dabbled with physical goods before through its collaboration on printed notebooks with Italian paper firm Moleskine.

Libin also offered a few more hints to IDG:

Libin emphasized that the company aims to make devices that are "new and magical," rather than entering an existing product category. Evernote already works with manufacturers to integrate its notetaking and archiving platforms into their products, which include scanners, cameras, and even blood pressure monitors.

Libin also shared a few more details about Evernote's growth and roadmap.

Most notably, much like enterprise cloud storage provider Box , Libin said that Evernote has no plans of being acquired by a larger corporation.

via Network World

Topics: Hardware, Enterprise Software, Start-Ups, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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