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Obsessed with Obsidian

Roam Research, which raised $9M at a $200M valuation, with $1M of ARR was one of the hottest VC deals this year. According to The Information, they were rejected by YC five times, but now they have 100K+ users, including people like Patrick Collison and Tim Ferriss, so things are good!


Tech world is obsessed with note-taking right now, so The Information wrote a good article on all of the different note-taking apps. Over the last month I’ve started using an open source product called Obsidian (which they unfortunately didn’t cover), and I love it.


Now I have a much better workflow for how to take, process, store, and search for notes. And I feel like every note I take is growing my digital brain, so I’m always hunting for the connections between different ideas and discussions, which creates that pretty graph I screenshotted above.


What do you all use? Has anyone else tried Obsidian? Am I totally missing the boat by not going all in on Roam?


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