Slack acquires Missions to help users automate work tasks

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In a blog post, Slack announced it has acquired Robot and Pencils’ Missions, an app that allows Slack users to build tools automating simple tasks without using code.

Slack said it will build on the Missions technology to help companies automate routine work, giving them more time to do creative work. The goal is to help teams boost productivity by simplifying various repeatable processes.

According to Slack, users can leverage the Missions app for different uses, such as onboarding to ensure new employees know what documents need to be filled out; helping users manage approvals and rejections in the hiring process; and building an internal ticketing flow to triage incoming employee requests.

“Together, we’ll be able to unlock the power of the platform for a whole new set of Slack users, and ultimately help teams get work done more quickly.”
 

“The Missions team has built on Slack for a long time, and they are deeply familiar with our product and our customers’ needs,” said Brian Elliott, general manager of platform at Slack. “Together, we’ll be able to unlock the power of the platform for a whole new set of Slack users, and ultimately help teams get work done more quickly.”

Slack said it will be supporting Missions’ customers for free for the next several months as it works on integrating Missions’ technology into its platform. The company will share more about how to leverage Missions on Slack later this year.

“We built Missions because we care about helping people work together across all parts of a business, not just within IT,” said Mike Brevoort, co-founder and CEO of Missions. “We’ve believed for a long time that the collaboration hub model is the future of work, and by joining Slack, we’re able to massively scale up this vision and our impact on teams at work.”

Slack has made several acquisitions and investments in the past to boost its own messaging platform. The company acquired Screenhero, which specializes in voice, video, and screen sharing, in January 2015. In January 2017, Slack revealed the seven companies backed through its $106 million Slack Fund.

The company also recently reported that it has over 8 million daily active users across 500,000 organizations, as well as over 3 million paid users.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.