Riff, a London-based start-up establishing what it describes as a” voice-first”chat tool for remote working, has actually raised$1.5 million in seed funding, prior to a full launch next year. Leading the round is Balderton Capital, which is much better understood for Series A rounds but frequently does seed financial investments on the quiet. Taking part is Seedcamp and different angels, consisting of Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas (COO of GoCardless), Nicolas Brusson (CEO of BlaBlaCar) and Tim Sadler (CEO of Tessian).
Established by CEO Isabel Bescos, who was former head of business strategy at BlaBlaCar, and a former member of Balderton’s investment team, and CTO Matthew Scheybeler, who co-founded blinkx, Riff wishes to fix much of the pain points felt by groups trying to interact across various areas. While tools like Slack and Zoom are developed first for text and video, respectively, Bescos and Scheybeler think audio is the missing piece of the puzzle, however used in a way that motivates the spontaneity and serendipity experienced by in-person groups.
“Instantaneous messaging tools can be disruptive, jammed with alerts and hard-to-follow threads, and on the other hand, video conferencing tools frequently need extra software application, and tend to be used for pre-scheduled, official meetings,” the set tell me. “What is doing not have is something that makes it possible for spontaneous and simple and easy cooperation throughout the day. The remote equivalent of relying on ask a colleague a fast question, or to discuss the job you are dealing with.”
Currently operating as a minimal personal beta, Riff intends to duplicate the ease and spontaneity of team working but remotely. I haven’t seen the app myself, I understand that it does this by means of a sidebar that means voice– both push to talk or left open– is constantly just one click away.
“With Riff, users can immediately speak with any employee while collaborating on a piece of work,” discuss its founders. “For example, Riff is especially practical whenever a number of members of a group need to work together on an immediate issue, such as resolving a technical bug which might take numerous hours. Riff permits you to be linked to your team for extended periods of time without the intensity of being on cam for hours on end. People can also drop in and out as required without the need for scheduled calls.”
More broadly, Bescos and Scheybeler say they were partially inspired by the world of video games, where leaving an audio channel open amongst a social group or group of gamers is commonplace, either via in-game audio or an app like Discord.
“We wanted to take the speed and fluidity with which online gamers converse whilst video gaming and shift it into the enterprise,” they include. “Instead of flooding users with notifications, Riff hopes to simplify interactions. Speaking on Riff is less distracting than Slack or e-mail, however faster than scheduling and waiting for a video call.”
Hint declaration from Balderton basic partner Suranga Chandratillake, who led on behalf of the VC firm: “We are inundated with alerts, pop-ups, chat tools and different diversions contending for our attention when trying to work and communicate with others. None have actually managed to get to the core of what it’s truly like to be able to team up quickly with coworkers in a workplace. As more of us work remotely, there needs to be a better way. We see big capacity in Riff’s unique technique to fixing this difficulty, and we’re thrilled to partner with them to bring its range of benefits to more companies.”
Riff prepares to use the seed investment to get Riff to a public beta later on this year ahead of a basic release in 2021, and to further construct out the team.
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