Updated: July 06, 2021
2020. JANDI (the Slack of Asia) raises $13M
As Slack ramps up its investment in Asia, Toss Lab, the South Korea-based creator of enterprise collaboration platform JANDI, is preparing to become a more formidable rival and raising $13 million Series B. JANDI is the top collaboration platform in Japan and Taiwan. It serves companies ranging from small to mid-sized businesses to large enterprises with thousands of employees, and its clients include LG CNS (the Korean conglomerate’s IT services subsidiary), Korean tire manufacturer Nexen Tire and Lexus. Toss Lab says its revenue has grown more than 100% over the past three years.
2019. Beekeeper raises $45M to become the ‘Slack for non-desk employees’
Beekeeper, the Switzerland and U.S.-based startup that provides a mobile-first communications platform for employers that need to communicate with blue-collar and service-oriented workers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Targeting non-desk employees, including those working in hospitality, manufacturing and retail, Beekeeper’s mobile-first platform is designed to replace more arcane communication methods, such as pen and paper and consumer messaging apps like WhatsApp.
2018. Slack is buying, and shutting down HipChat and Stride
Slack is buying, and shutting down Atlassian's workplace group chats HipChat and Stride (that are Slack's competitors). Both tools will be discontinued and users - migrated to Slack. Hipchat was launched in beta form back in 2009, long before Slack’s debut in 2013. It mostly ruled its space in the time in between, leading Atlassian to acquire it in March of 2012. Slack quickly outgrew it in popularity though for myriad reasons — be it a bigger suite of third-party integrations, a better reputation for uptime, or better marketing. By September of 2017, Atlassian overhauled its chat platform and rebranded it as as “Stride”, but it was never able to quite catch up with Slack’s momentum.
2018. Zoho Cliq integrates with Zapier
With Zoho's Slack alternative Zoho Cliq new integration with Zapier, you’re well on your way to accomplishing this—in just a few zaps. You can create custom Zaps that connect your favorite apps, even if they don’t have pre-built integrations with each other. Zapier connects over 1000 web apps together. You can integrate Cliq with any of these apps, to save time and streamline your work processes. For example with Zap between Cliq and Zendesk upi can receive channel updates every time a new support ticket is created. With Zap between Cliq and Trello, broadcast bot messages for new Trello cards.
2018. Microsoft Teams gets new app integrations and app store
Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software’s launch last year. The focus of the new set of features is allowing users to better work with apps – something Microsoft Teams accomplishes via Slack-like integrations, search and discovery features, commands, and more. For example, Microsoft Teams now offers a way to search for apps from the new app store where you can browse by category or search by name, category or integration type – like Project Management or BI. Slack, of course, also has its own app directory, which has allowed it to highlight all the work tools that currently work with its team collaboration resource – a move that helped it gain traction in the workplace.
2015. Atlassian acquired team chat Hall
Atlassian, that providers services like JIRA, Confluence and the group chat tool HipChat, has acquired Hall, a group chat service for businesses. Both HipChat and Hall currently offer free starter plans for an unlimited number of users in a given team. For advanced features Hall currently charges $4 per user/month while HipChat’s plans start at $2 per user/month. Unlike Hall, though, HipChat offers more advanced features like video chat and screen sharing. With Hall, the company is acquiring new users in financial services, real estate, professional services and similar industries where Hall found its niche since its launch in 2011. The company will shut down Hall on June 30th, but current Hall users can now migrate their users, messages and files to HipChat.