Crazy Fun Fact about Obsidian

Did you know this about popular note-taker Obsidian?

Francesco D'Alessio
2 min readAug 29, 2022

Obsidian has become one of the most well-known research and advanced note-taker on the market and it actually is the version 2 experience.

For those who don’t know, Obsidian is owned by Shida Li and Erica Xu (pictured below):

They both worked on creating something a few years ago called “OmniFlow” — a note-taking application focusing on outlining. Well, this eventually turned into Dynalist — one of the biggest Workflowy competitors on the market.

🔥 Fact: Dynalist is Obsidian’s Brother

Yes, Dynalist was created by Obsidian and they work on both of the experiences in tandem. Dynalist focuses on outline and Obsidian more on connected notes.

A little fun fact you’d never have expected!

🧑🏻‍💻 Fact: They Only Have 3 People Working on Obsidian

Even more wild, Obsidian has Shida and Erica working on Obsidian and Dynalist — with Obsidian having Liam Cain as the third member of the team.

For such a well-designed and updated note-taker, having 3 people is rare.

If you include Sandy… 3 people and one cat...

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