Umuse, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based provider of an application for workplace communication, raised $5m in seed funding.
Backers included Shasta Ventures, Next Coast Ventures and Floodgate Capital.
The company intends to use the funds to test and develop the concept, and bring it to market.
Founded in 2016 by former Spiceworks Founder and CEO Scott Abel, Umuse provides (a just launched in beta) personal communication platform for the enterprise, which combines email with chat, prioritized into one Facebook-like message feed. It works seamlessly with existing services such as Gmail and Slack.
In Umuse, users can scan, zoom, reply to, and search messages across all channels:
– Scan: all email and chat messages together in a single, prioritized feed
– Zoom: in on auto-opened messages from the people who matter most
– Reply: instantly, inline and in-context with expressive features such as emojis and GIFs
– Search: all email and chat messages in one application
More than 5,000 users participated in early trials of the product, providing feedback on the features and functionality they liked most.