Toronto-based Skrumble wants to beat Slack by not being Slack


Toronto-based startup Skrumble may have a quirky name and provide communications services to businesses just like Slack, but its ambition is nothing like that of the popular team messaging platform.

“While Slack (and other communications platforms) have made workplaces more social, they have – arguably – also made them less productive,” said a representative of the company in an email to MobileSyrup, “You can’t track employee time allocation via the platform, and too much focus is spent on creating a fun, engaging digital work environment.”

“Too much focus is spent on creating a fun, engaging digital work environment.”

Instead, Skrumble aims to make small to mid-size businesses all about productivity. The platform includes instant messaging between individuals and assigned teams, remote presentation settings, live multi-person meetings, calendar invites, cloud storage and document sharing.

Additionally, on certain paid tiers Skrumble offers phone services by using VoIP and leasing bulk facilities from wireless carriers.

For $15 per month per individual, users can get 1,000 outbound minutes and for $30, they’re able to get unlimited inbound and outbound calling, in addition to unlimited messages, unlimited team calls, 1TB of storage and unlimited meetings.

If that’s not of interest, users can bump down to $6 per month to get everything except the calling. Or, for those who want to avoid monthly fees altogether, the free tier has a limit of 10,000 messages per month, 500GB of storage, and 25 meetings.

This article was originally published on MobileSyrup.