January 2016 rTribe Update

Our Latest and Greatest: January Review

Hey Tribers,

We’ve never met, but I’m guessing you’re like me and don’t love small talk. Sure, I enjoy joking around, but I’d rather connect with a friend more deeply and cut to how they are really doing.

One way I do this is to try to greet friends by asking them creative questions, rather than the same ol’ ‘How are you?’

I’ve been experimenting by asking, “What’s the latest and greatest?”. Also, In our weekly rTribe team meetings we always start off with what’s “Exciting and Challenging”. This really gives us time to reflect on the week, and make adjustments when needed.

When responding sometimes people stay in auto-pilot and give a generic answer, but it often leads to an interesting conversation. Asking a thoughtful question can reveal new insights.

Today we want to share with you our latest and greatest for January.


Latest and Greatest

  • Android is 1 month old
  • 4.5+ Stars in both the iOS and Android Store
    • If you love the app, we’d like you to tell others about it by submitting an app store review.
  • Next features for iOS and Android
    • Group Chat
    • Transition to a Username (not just your name)
  • iOS now offers a premium version for just $5.99 per month after the initial one month free trial. For the cost of a visit to McDonald’s you can now track your progress in detail and create additional privacy settings, in addition to sending weekly emails to your guides. rTribe will always be free to download and use.
  • Complete a survey for a chance at a $50 giftcard!

Let’s dig into this a bit more.


Growth is Good

Since we began to dream of rTribe, we’ve been reflecting on the reality that addiction isolates us. Shame drives addiction and moves us to withdraw rather than connect.

But in our recovery we learn that connection leads to freedom. That is why we get so thrilled to see rTribe grow. Each person who downloads and uses rTribe proves that freedom is still possible.

We know that we have a long way to go, but we are encouraged that we continue to see our number of downloads double for November, December, and January.

Each of you are important to us. We know the struggle, the pain, and the desperation that comes with relapses, secrets, and shame. Yet we see that you are courageous. You are taking a stand and joining this community.


Two New Features to Strengthen the Tribe

As our community grows, we want to continue to make the app better. But the challenge is that there are a lot of different features we want to build and we are a small team and have limited time and resources.

So for the beginning of the year we have prioritized the community aspect of rTribe, both growing our community in size and in making the community MUCH stronger.


Better, more anonymous sharing. First, we are building the ability to share the app using an anonymous username that you will create. Soon you won’t have to share your email address in order to add a friend.

We’ve heard from some of you that more anonymity would make it easier to share rTribe.


Group Chat. We can’t wait to launch group chat. Finally, this will be the first app in the world for us addicts to safely chat with our accountability friends and recovery groups. You will be able to create as many private groups as you want.


Group Chat Concept


This actually isn’t an easy feature to build and we are hard at work to make group chat a reality.

You can expect our two new features, anonymous usernames and group chat, to be released in mid-to-late February!

We are also having initial discussions and brainstorms for what we will build in February. We have some really exciting plans coming your way.


Impossible is worth it

When we started rTribe some people told us it would be impossible. That no one would join a community. We believed they were wrong.

So for the last 12 months, since Alex and my first conversation about creating an app, we have worked hard without being able to prove the impossible is possible.

Does this sound familiar? Have you been told that something is impossible?

As for me, I lost count of how many times I told myself when I was early in my recovery:

“This is impossible. This will never work.”

Help us prove the impossible by sharing rTribe with others. Make your recovery more possible by strengthening your recovery. What can you do in February to strengthen your recovery community?

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” ~Muhammed Ali


I think you could say that our latest and greatest is that if you belong to rTribe you are exploring the impossible.


Keep exploring,

Josh and Alex
P.S. What is your latest and greatest? We want to hear from you. You can share about your recovery in this survey, in addition to being added to a raffle for a $50 iTunes/Play Store giftcard. We are using this to gain insight into what you really think about your recovery and how rTribe is or isn’t helping you.