Workplace collaboration software
Updated: May 04, 2022
2022. Valence raises $25M to track team performance with continuous reviews
Valence, a growing teamwork platform, has raised $25 million in a Series A. What constitutes a “teamwork platform,” exactly? Valence describes it as a set of tools for talent and development, specifically teams-based coaching, in an organization. Valence lets managers track team performance by certain metrics and, if they deem it necessary, intervene with “guided conversations.” To wit, the platform has team members complete surveys that ask them to rate the truthfulness of statements like “We make decisions quickly” and “We focus on the most important things.” Based on the responses, Valence generates a discussion guide for managers as well as area-of-focus recommendations.
2022. Collaboration platform CloudApp raises $9.3M to enhance workplace productivity
Visual work communication tool CloudApp has raised $9.3 million in Series A. CloudApp aims to help teams share information faster through instantly shareable videos, gifs and screenshots. The tool is an all-in-one screen recording software that captures and embeds HD video, marked-up images and more into workflows. Every file users create is securely stored in the cloud, and accessible via CloudApp’s native Mac and Windows Apps, or shareable on the web through secure password-protected links.
2021. Officely raises $2M to help hybrid teams coordinate office time right in Slack
Officely, a startup that wants to handle WFH/Office hybrid work through a tool many teams are already on anyway: Slack, has raised a $2 million seed round. Officely’s main draw is desk booking, allowing you to group desks by which office they’re in — or, if you’ve got a bunch of desks, into “neighborhoods” within an office. You can see how many people are going in to an office on any given day, see if there’s a desk open for you, and join if so. There’s also a few other customizations, like flagging if anyone is bringing a dog into the office on each day — for the folks who might want to stay home because of allergies or, if you’re like me, only want to go into the office when there’s at least one dog there.
2021. Microsoft launches Google-Wave-like collaboration service Loop
Microsoft is bringing back Google Wave, the doomed real-time messaging and collaboration platform Google launched in 2009 and prematurely shuttered in 2010. Microsoft Loop is a new app for real-time editing-based applications that allow users to collaborate on documents. Loop allows you and your team to see and group everything important to your project, making it easy for you to catch up on what everyone is working on and track progress toward shared goals. Loop Pages - are canvases where you can organize your components and pull in helpful elements like links, files, or data in ways that suit your specific project needs. And on page, document or in chat you can embed Loop Components - lists, tables, notes, or for example customer sales opportunity from Dynamics 365.
2021. Teamflow lands $3.9m for a productive virtual HQ platform
Teamflow, formerly Huddle, is creating a virtual headquarters to help distributed teams collaborate and communicate from a singular platform, has raised $3.9M. When you enter the virtual space, you’re greeted with a sidebar of options ranging from white boards, countdown timers, and soon integrations with Notion and Google Docs. The platform can be the collaboration layer that brings all the apps out of unorganized tab hell and into one place. Teamflow uses spatial technology to give employees the feel of spontaneity. If you walk — or toggle — past a co-worker, you’ll be able to join in conversation. The farther you move, the less you hear. There are also breakout rooms where people can enter to have focused, invite-only meetings.
2019. Workplace collaboration software Monday.com raised $150M
Monday.com, one of the faster growing workplace collaboration platforms has announced a $150 million round at $1.9B valuation — a whopping raise that points both to its success so far and the opportunity ahead for the wider collaboration space, specifically around better team communication and team management. It now has 80,000 organizations as customers, up from a mere 35,000 a year ago, with the number of actual employees within those organizations numbering as high as 4,000 employees, or as little as two, spanning some 200 industry verticals, including a fair number of companies that are non-technical in their nature (but that still rely on using software and computers to get their work done). The client list includes Carlsberg, Discovery Channel, Philips, Hulu and WeWork and a number of Fortune 500 companies.
2019. Slack competitor Facebook Workplace has raised its prices for the first time
After three years of life and 2 million paying users signed up, Facebook Workplace is changing its pricing tiers. Up to now, Facebook has taken a very simple approach to how it charges for Workplace, unique not just because of it being a paid service (unlike Facebook itself, which is free), but for how it modeled its pricing on the basic building block of Facebook-the-consumer product: a basic version was free, with an enhanced premium edition costing a flat $3 per active user, per month. Now, the standard (basic) tier is getting rebranded as Workplace Essential, and will still be free to use. Meanwhile, the premium tier is being renamed Workplace Advanced and getting charged $4 per person, per month. And Facebook is introducing a new tier, Workplace Enterprise, which will be charged at $8 per person, per month, and will come with a new set of services specifically around guaranteed, quicker support and first-look access at new features.
2019. Facebook Workplace got reboot to boost activity and cut down on noise
Facebook unveiled a major redesign for its Workplace service. On the UI side, the new design notably brings two key Workplace features — Groups and contacts for Chats — out of the right-rail graveyard, where many users are believed to have stopped looking years ago to ignore ads — and into the left column, which used to provide a menu of tools and further information about your organization. Notifications, meanwhile, is getting its own “inbox,” so to speak. This is a clever turn that essentially expands the list of actions that have happened that are relevant to you, so that you can click on each one and jump to a view of that relevant piece of content, separate from being in the main default page. Another new update is that Workplace now has a “focus” mode in sections like Groups that take away the left navigation column so you can look specifically at the content you are working on without lots of alerts from other groups, individuals or the company at large.
2018. Asana launched $19.99 Business tier to help managers handle multiple projects
Project management service Asana is adding another tier for enterprises that are using Asana for multiple projects: Asana Business, priced at $19.95 per user, per month. Aimed primarily at teams that have managers or executives overseeing multiple projects simultaneously — sometimes in the thousands for a single organization — the idea is that Business will have extra features to help designated people handle and triage that workload more effectively. That focus on executives and managers is one part of the company’s bigger vision of where it sees its own place in the range of productivity tools that a business might use, alongside other areas like efficient storage (a la Dropbox, Box or another cloud-based service) or communication (eg, Slack, Workplace, Teams, etc.).