ChatGrape, The Enterprise Messaging App Backed By Betaworks And Mark Pincus, Launches Publicly
After securing backing from Betaworks, and extra quietly Zynga founder Mark Pincus, ChatGrape, the enterprise and staff messaging app that pitches itself as a extra ‘clever’ Slack or HipChat, is launching publicly at the moment.
Beforehand, the service was operating as a personal beta whereas the Austrian startup continued to refine the service — particularly its pure language processing know-how and “deep service integration”.
Each are designed to assist groups talk extra effectively, and particularly scale back what co-founder and COO Leo Fasbender calls the “look-up issue” when linking to and referencing exterior info, similar to a doc, calendar entry, or code repository replace, from inside the app’s chat field.
“Our goal is to get rid of the ‘look-up issue'; the time you lose everytime you interrupt no matter you’re doing to look one thing up,” Fasbender advised TechCrunch in December.
“This can be a rising drawback, as a result of trendy corporations use an growing quantity of specialised instruments for specialised providers, like Trello for process administration, GitHub as a code repository and Google Docs for on-line collaboration. The consequence is an growing period of time wasted switching between these providers and in search of info and knowledge that’s scattered throughout totally different cloud providers.”
To unravel this, together with providing the usual enterprise and staff messaging options, akin to the massively well-liked and nicely-funded Slack, ChatGrape has constructed what is actually a search engine that indexes numerous instruments and providers that you simply join the app to. These embrace Field, DropBox, Google Drive, GitHub, BitBucket, Jira and others.
Typing # instantly right into a chat triggers ChatGrape’s sensible autocomplete — now referred to as the ‘Grape Browser’ — enabling you to shortly lookup and hyperlink to/reference information or knowledge from any supported third-get together service.
The startup additionally gives an API, making it attainable for corporations to combine their very own inner knowledge into the chat app.
And to coincide with in the present day’s public launch, ChatGrape has given its look-up performance an extra increase by letting you search and add knowledge from public exterior sources, not simply these you explicitly join the app to, similar to GIF sharing app Giphy.com (please no!) and YouTube.
As well as, the Grape Browser now consists of the power to preview information and knowledge as a part of the look-up course of, which is one other potential time-saver.
In the meantime, the startup’s greater imaginative and prescient is to make its chat app much more clever by using additional pure language processing to detect and set off workflows mechanically, akin to the power to recognise dates, questions, assignments and to-dos.
A modest instance of that is ChatGrape’s integration with Google Calendar coupled with what the startup calls “sensible date recognition”. By typing #this week or #tomorrow, ChatGrape is ready to fetch the related calendar knowledge.
Nevertheless, as I’ve beforehand famous, the thought is to broaden this considerably sooner or later. So, for instance, a fast ballot could possibly be created by typing “@Advertising Workforce, ought to we do that new banner in inexperienced or blue?”. Or a activity might be assigned by typing “@Peter, I want you to get the brand new homepage finished by Tuesday 5pm!”, triggering the duty and timestamp to be added to Wunderlist or one other to-do app.
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