A couple of years ago we left a cozy and predictable consulting business to build a team collaboration product for teams like ours. Riding the startup rollercoaster has been the best learning experience of our lives, and today we’re excited to announce that Flowdock has been acquired by Rally Software.
Flowdock started off as a collection of experiments around real-time web and communication paradigms, but after getting funded by Silicon Valley investors, we had an opportunity to start building the product for our long-term goals. A couple of months ago we released a completely redesigned Flowdock, and shipped more than half of the top 15 most requested features. Based on the thousands of customer feedback emails it looks like that was a leap to the right direction. Supporting our customers and integration partners on desktop, mobile, web and IRC is a lot of work for a team of nine, and with Rally’s resources we can now take the product to the next level.
We’ve been working closely with the Rally Software folks for some time leading up to this announcement. During that time, we’ve got to know a lot of people from Rally and have seen how they work. We’ve found the culture of Rally to be one of openness, active collaboration and deep professionalism.
What’s happening to my Flowdock account?
Business as usual. We will continue to provide the Flowdock service to you as before. Flowdock becomes a part of Rally’s product portfolio, and it will remain as an independent service. The team behind Flowdock continues to work on it, and we’re expecting to ship some of the top-requested features really soon!
We’re continuing to build a strong integration ecosystem, and we’ve already integrated with AgileZen, Rally’s simple card-based project management app.
While we’ve always had plans to make our pricing more flexible, the service will remain affordable for even the smallest teams.
Rally Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development. The Rally Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) platform transforms the way organizations manage the software development lifecycle by closely aligning software development and strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, increasing transparency and automating manual processes. We believe that together Rally and Flowdock can immensely help you work across teams, tools and timezones – from agile software development to sales and marketing. Rally supports 154,000 paid users and more than 1,000 customers, including 36 of the Fortune 100 companies.
A Debt Of Gratitude
We would have never made it very far without the enthusiasm of first customers who boldly took a huge leap and started running their teams on an early version of Flowdock. We’d like to extend our thanks to all the Flowdock customers as well as integration partners. In the future, we’ll be working hard on making Flowdock a must for all kinds of teams. We hope to have your continued support in the process.
Otto, Mikael, Tuomas & the team