A little over 6 years ago, I was just a curious kid fumbling with my first ever piece of tech, an iPhone. It was like discovering a whole new world for me. But downloading and playing with the million-plus apps on the App Store wasn’t enough for me; I wanted to learn how to build my own apps and get them on millions of screens.
Team Labs has come a really long way from when it began as a bunch of kids learning to code and build cool things. Since 2012, we’ve pivoted many times, rebranded thrice and reached nearly 10 million users.
We accomplished all that with a majority-remote team. Across 9 time zones. In 4 continents. We’ve pretty much dwelled in a “collaboration hell” since our founding.
It was this same collaboration hell that made us rethink what teamwork is and how it can be reimagined to be more than just a glorified calendar or a fleshed out MSN Messenger. By living the nightmare, we were able to empathize with every issue that the users experienced.
Today, we’re building one of the most ambitious collaboration suites out there and taking on not just one industry giant but an entire army of really entrenched, IPO-ed Goliaths. And our latest round shows that people around us believe in our vision and mission (and our odds).
Why We’re Building Workspace
We exist because there’s a problem with teams and collaboration. There are so many tools out there that work great independently, but put together its like assembling a puzzle with pieces from different sets.
That’s because each tool and software is different, built by different people that have different goals and ambitions for their users.
If everyone believed in enabling users and making working together simple (like we do), this problem wouldn’t exist. This is the fundamental problem facing companies and teams everywhere that can’t be solved with another integration or a plugin.
That’s where we come in.
Workspace by Team Labs is a cloud platform that is built from the ground up to make collaboration dead-simple.
4 core apps for the 4 core functions of a company: Design + Engineering, Marketing + Sales + Operations, Creative + Media and collaboration to unite them all.
Design + Engineering is Xenon, a design/developer platform with all the tools you need to design, build, test and ship your products.
Marketing + Sales + Operations is Argon, a project (i.e. sales tracking, operations, etc.) management tool that makes your life less complicated.
Creative + Media is Carbon, a creative platform with video, audio, photo and even 3D modelling tools.
And the one true app to unite them all is Silicon, the collaboration app with messaging, task management and much more.
It might seem like a lot of stuff, but our core value (apart from collaboration) is simplicity. Each app works seamlessly in tandem with each other (and external apps you love like Microsoft Office or G Suite), and each app is designed to be simple to use.
So far, we’ve run trials with many enterprise teams at companies like Uber and Google and they LOVE us. Our simple API that lets them build integrations for their internal tools to work with our apps and our apps give them an ease of use that is unparalleled.
We’re still perfecting the formula for the best, most amazing collaboration platform out there. And we’re making amazing progress. Just in the past month, we shipped over a hundred updates to the apps in the Workspace platform. We’re also expanding our offices to create hubs in markets that we are growing in (psst we’re hiring in Tokyo, Seoul and more).
This round has been an enabler for us to do more. We’ll be ramping up updates so if you’re a part of our Enterprise Trial Schemes (ETS), just refresh our browser page to see the latest goodies.
We’ll also be onboarding trial members from smaller companies, micro teams (teams with less than 10 people) and individuals across the globe, so keep an eye out for announcements on those.
As collaboration tools begin to play a larger role in the teams of today, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from us. This is just the beginning for us, we can’t wait to show you what’s coming next.