Slack files to go public in 2019: 7 top European alternatives to US-based workplace messaging startup

Slack files to go public in 2019: 7 top European alternatives to US-based workplace messaging startup

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As expected, Slack, an enterprise software platform based out of San-Francisco has confidentially filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Notably, this is one of the anticipated IPO‘s of 2019 as well.  Further, the public listing is expected to take place after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions.

Founded in 2009 by Cal Henderson, Eric Costello, Serguei Mourachov, and Stewart Butterfield, Slack was recently valued at $7 billion. The communication platform is a collaboration hub for teamwork, where all relevant information is kept in one place, and new team members are able to get up to speed easily.

So far, the company has raised a total of €1.3B in funding over 10 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Aug 21, 2018, from a Series H round.

It is a very popular app in Europe as well, however, in this article, we have listed out some of the best Slack alternatives from Europe that you can try if you wish to switch.

#1 Flex-Appeal

Based out of Rotterdam, Flex-Appeal offer a mobile solution that helps organisations to reach, train and engage all of their employees through one single app. The company is developing solutions for organizations to onboard, train, communicate and listen to their employees on the frontline. As per the company, only 13% of the employees feel engaged in their organization, and they are working towards changing it. Founded by Guido Schmitz and Ruben Wieman in 2016,  the company has raised a total fund of €770K.

#2 SpeakAp

Speakap is a secure and private platform that enables organisations of all sizes to reach and engage with their front-line employees. Speakap is always available, enabling communication and collaboration from any internet-connected device. Speakap is currently used by more than 300 companies in 27 countries around the world.

Founded by Erwin van der Vlist, and Patrick van der Mijl in 2011, it has clients including MediaMarkt, Rituals, McDonalds and Hudson’s Bay. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the company has raised a total of €15.7M in funding over 5 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Apr 2, 2018, from a Series A round.

#3 Loop Email

Loop is a secure email app that upgrades your Gmail or Outlook inbox. It reorganises your mail around the people, tasks and teams. Employees can be connected in this platform by sharing emails, files and messages with your team in one app. Founded by Bostjan Bregar in 2012, this company has raised a total of £4.5M in funding over 4 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Jun 1, 2018, from a Non-equity Assistance round.

#4 Azendoo

Based out of Bordeaux, Azendoo is a messaging app available on both desktop and mobile to share tasks or files across teams and stay in sync on projects. With this app, a company can create tasks to track and archive conversations around teams and projects in order to get things done. It also offers seamless integrations to your Google Drive, Email Inbox, Evernote, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive and Zapier. Founded by Ben Droulin, Chris Gagin, and Greg Lefort, Azendoo has raised a total of €2.6M in funding over 2 rounds. Founded by Their latest funding was raised on Sep 8, 2015, from a Seed round.

#5 Fleep

Based out of Tallinn, Fleep is a messaging service that integrates with email and lets you store and share files easily. It is available in web, Android, iOS, Mac and Windows platform. Founded by Andres Järviste, Asko Oja, Erik Laansoo, Henn Ruukel, Liis Peetermann, and Marko Kreen in 2012, this service aims to fill the gap between email and various IM/texting services. Fleep has raised a total of €1.4M in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Jun 9, 2015, from a Seed round.

#6 Hibox

Hibox is a collaboration platform that integrates task management, team messaging and video conferencing all in the same tool. Hibox employs  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to recognize patterns in users’​ behaviour and automatically converts chat messages into trackable tasks in the projects users are working on.

#7 Beekeeper

Beekeeper is an internal communication platform for non-desk employees.  They have offices in Zurich, London and San Francisco. It connects desk and non-desk employees across locations and departments in real time via mobile or desktop to streamline communication and business processes. Beekeeper has raised a total of €23.6M in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Sep 11, 2018, from a Series A round.

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