A lot has already been written about the so-called "slack-lash" and the increasing unrest among workers who are dealing with DM interruptions that distract their attention from the task at hand. Slack is a figurehead for the problem, but VCs have invested heavily in a number of collaboration tools over the past few years, dividing chat and comment systems, and causing turmoil.
It is quite likely that we have achieved VC's greatest interest in working together, but VCs are counteracting a possible slowdown by focusing on tools that help employees understand the variety of messaging tools with a smooth interface to find. The final bet, nuffsaid, is, yes, another productivity start-up, though one that aims to make the messaging reality of employment a little more bearable in 2020.
The Utah start-up emerged from the stealth arena and introduced the first element of its productivity platform at an early stage of access. General Catalyst, Google Gradient Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Work Life Ventures and SV Angel are also known to have seed capital of $ 4.3 million and Wasabi Ventures.
The strangely named company launches its first strangely named product. "NFLOWThis gives you early access to multiple collaboration platforms and a calendar in a single inbox. Just as the algorithmic timeline affected the way we digest the brand of social media content, algorithmic inboxes could be the solution to a slack lash. Nuffsaid uses this algorithmic approach to prioritize Slack messages as well as emails, texts and zoom messages with "nflow". Via the searchable, uniform inbox, all your messages are summarized in a single app. This way you know what is urgent and what is likely to wait until you have completed the task.
“We believe that there will be a whole category of products that are about integrating AI into existing workflows. With "nflow" we believe that we are taking our first small step towards our vision of the future, "CEO and co-founder Chris Hicken told TechCrunch. Hicken was previously COO of UserTesting.
One of the more exciting elements of "nflow" is the way the calendar is integrated into the communication hub. Google Calendar remains one of the most alienated elements of productivity workflows. Using messages and emails as the basis for calendar events has always been a dream item, but integration is rarely tight enough. Nuffsaid's drag-and-drop interface for creating calendar events while tagging team members and adding additional info cases seems to be a very attractive solution.
The "nuffsaid" team states that "nflow" is commercially available for (quite expensive) $ 25 a month, but that people who sign up for their early access waiting list receive a lifelong rate of Unlock $ 10 per month.
The team of 18 has short-term ambitions greater than the product they are launching early today. If nflow is a more mass-market approach to delivering a productivity tool to employees who are disappointed with messaging overload, its future introduction means a desire to delve deeper into certain business processes and get certain types of teams on board ,
Over the summer, the company plans to launch a separate AI-driven customer success module that will integrate with a variety of apps to give employees better insight into which tasks are most important for maintaining and building customer relationships. The startup plans to develop and introduce dedicated versions of the module for engineering, product and marketing.
"There are so many collaboration tools that I like about" nuffsaid "that it actually works and doesn't ask users to change their procedures," General Catalyst CEO Niko Bonatsos told TechCrunch. "Users still have the same email address and get in touch with their customers in the same way. They don't have to start doing unnatural things that interfere with their workflow."