Just yesterday we were talking about team communication with the launch of Fleep, the communication tool created by a team of ex-Skypers in Estonia. But meanwhile throughout the whole Nokia/Microsoft surprise, I saw Ninchat popping up on my newsfeed in connection to the news, and now see they've launched some new partnership news today.
You could say the Finnish startup is taking IRC into the modern age, believing the real-time communication IRC offers has a number of unexplored uses. Their new expanded to-be-formally-announced offering, Ninchat for Websites, has been picking up traction with a few customers, like Finnish state broadcaster YLE news, who employed the technology for analysis after the announcement.
Reaktor is not your average software house, they have been winning “best place to work” awards in Finland and Europe left and right and have a very impressive track record. In fact, we heard a rumor that they decline participation in the 'best place to work in Finland' competition, just to “let somebody else win”. So with all the good vibe and money in the pot, they started investing in early stage start-ups. In order to do so, they created an investment arm - POLTE and the first investment with that brand is Ninchat. (Reaktor itself has previously invested into VALO, FUSION and RBN)
How does your team communicate at work? There are a lot of team communication tools out there, but check out Helsinki-based Ninchat, a nicely designed and accessible browser-based chat client. Ninchat is free to use and can be used for any sort of chat communication, but they're targeting the product towards companies that need secure team communication that's backed up in the cloud.
When logging on you'll notice it looks like an online version of IRC. Ninchat CEO Ville Mujunen calls IRC "beautiful" and "impossible to kill", but sees value in adding features and running it in a browser and through the cloud. Ninchat offers a secure backlog, history search, notifications when your name is mentioned, and video chat to get people communicating more efficiently, as well as mobile use as a HTML5 app (with a native Android and iOS apps eventually coming).