Ross Mayfield stated that at his new startup Pingpad, “We’re making an attempt to construct the subsequent nice productiveness app.”
Mayfield beforehand labored as director of enterprise improvement at LinkedIn and co-based collaboration firm Socialtext. He created Pingpad together with his spouse Leila Al-Shamari — in truth, they stated the thought first got here to them once they have been planning for his or her wedding ceremony, they usually have been struck by the shortage of excellent choices for planning collectively. (Different co-founders embrace Pete Kaminski and David Spector.)
To make use of Pingpad, customers create teams, then they will share notes and lists inside these teams, ship messages, and create duties and assignments. None of which may appear notably groundbreaking, however Mayfield stated the purpose is to create a platform for all of the issues you have to “get issues completed as a gaggle collectively.”
Meaning Pingpad is designed round teams, relatively than, say, shared paperwork. It might additionally imply the corporate will add extra purposes sooner or later.
And sure, there are many collaboration instruments on the market, however in Mayfield’s view, most of them aren’t actually designed for mobile, or they’re targeted on a selected facet of collaboration, like messaging.
“I’m supporting the wants of a person in all of the sides of their id, within the teams that they get issues achieved with,” Mayfield added.
So Pingpad can be utilized for collaboration amongst each your private and professional teams. Apparently most of the beta testers have been school college students, they usually tailored it to totally different features of their educational and social lives.
The service is presently obtainable without spending a dime. The plan, ultimately, is to cost for premium features. “Individuals can pay us a bit bit of cash to be extra socially productive.”
The startup has raised greater than $ 1 million from buyers together with Floodgate, 500 Startups, CrunchFund and Greylock. (Like TechCrunch, CrunchFund was based by Michael Arrington, and it’s backed by TechCrunch-proprietor AOL.)
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