A Brief History

On July 2, 2019, Rabb.it—the site that pioneered the sharable VM—announced it would be shut down after an issue with investor funding.

The site closed on July 31, 2019.

On August 18, 2019, William approached Reed with the first idea for a Rabb.it successor.

Direct messages exchanged by William and Reed August 18, 2019—3:08am

On August 19, 2019, William started work on what would become Cryb out of motels in Utah and Nevada and an Airbnb in San Francisco.

The first commit was at 4:47am in @cryb/api. The second commit was at 4:50am in @cryb/web.

Initially, development, design and brand conception was completed by William.

Cryb Logo / Brand Design exploration
First working demo of the VM August 27, 2019—4:14am—Wendover, Utah

Over the course of a month, we designed and created Cryb from the ground up.

Instead of building out features such as public rooms and profiles, we focused on creating a refined experience that Rabb.it used as a foundation for their success.

First working sound tests September 8, 2019—4:01am—England, UK
Unusued UI concepts for user icons August 31, 2019—10:37pm—Mountain View, California

We tested Cryb with some of our friends and initial feedback was extremely positive.

Our friends found a place where they could share content with their friends and we were incredibly excited to share Cryb with the world.

Feedback from Mattie September 7, 2019—7:02pm
Feedback from Casey September 8, 2019—2:35am
Feedback from dRedder September 2, 2019—8:00am

On September 9, 2019, Cryb was announced via a tweet on Twitter.

It became a viral within a day, garnering 5,000 likes and 4,000 Discord server members.

On November 14, 2019, Cryb announced it would go open source on GitHub, the world's largest software development platform.

On February 20, 2020, William left the Cryb project.

Today, we're working on making Cryb the most viable successor to Rabb.it