How many tabs does one have opened in a web browser at any one time? Managing documents, emails, calendar, notes, sales leads, tasks and contacts located in different clouds can be inconvenient, and the number of apps only goes up as new ones get crunched almost every day.
Busyflow has just released a private beta of its cloud-based integration tool. The startup which has recently graduated from Polish GammaRebels accelerator, brings cloud-based productivity apps onto a single screen. It is intended for collaboration and synchronization purposes.
Busyflow’s early adopters will have to do with a limited choice of apps: Dropbox, Google Docs, Pivotal Tracker and Google Tasks. But their plans include Evernote, HighriseHQ, Nozbe, Remember the Milk and many other productivity tools. And would they also add Pipedrive and Quote Roller for me, please?
I personally do not use too many cloud applications, but having to continuously log to various screens has become annoying. More importantly though, the application is meant for the teams working together on a particular project, being able to access, synchronize and discuss the same data in real time, from a single interface. Well, that interface might become pretty busy then. For now though it is fairly readable.
In a Skype chat, Jaro Satkevic, the co-founder and CEO of Busyflow shared with me that there are other companies who are trying to solve a similar problem, but in a different way. Estonian 300miligrams enables commenting on the Dropbox, Google Docs and Highrise apps, aggregated into a single cloud. German startup with a Japanese name Hojoki focuses on communication aspect of cloud-based collaboration.
Busyflow is an eastern European startup which comes out of tiny Lithuania, the home of a GetJar, world’s largest free mobile app store. A few American startups, which have been covered on TechCrunch recently, deal mainly with web-based file management tasks, integrating various storage clouds. They include Dispatch, a TechStars company which was conceived during a TechCrunch Hackathon and has raised almost $1 million this month, Joukuu (also crunched earlier this month) and SMEStorage.
While in Poland, Satkevic raised Euro 6’000 from GammaRebels for 10% of equity. Now, after three in a half months of intense coding, the team is looking for investors. Discussions with the Polish VCs did not go well, as European government-backed funds wanted Busyflow to incorporate in Poland. Satkevic’s ambitions however are to go to London or San Francisco once the money is there.