Hojoki launched at LeWeb last year with the aim of essentially being ‘FriendFeed for the enterprise market’, pulling data from a wide range of business-focused Web apps into one place. Now the startup has raised what it describes as “a seven-figure sum” to fund further development of its service, and introduced a new feature that should make it all the more useful.
Germany-based Hojoki offers a newsfeed for working teams so, for example, you can see when a colleague updates an important shared Google Doc, when a new file gets uploaded to Dropbox and so on. It’s available as a Web app, and as downloadable apps for iOS and Android, offering push notifications when there’s new activity, if you choose. The full list of supported services is too long to list here, but includes Basecamp, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Highrise, Pocket, Twitter and Zendesk.
The new round was raised from KIZOO Technology Capital and Creathor Venture, although the company isn’t telling us if ’7 digits’ is closer to $1m or $9.99m. Or even if it’s US dollars – if they’ve raised the funds in Japanese Yen (admittedly unlikely), the round isn’t that impressive. All they’ll tell us is that it’s a “typical A-round” amount. Germany’s KIZOO previously participated in Hojoki’s seed round last year.
To tie in with the funding announcement, Hojoki (a finalist in our European conference’s Startup Rally earlier this year) has today unveiled an update to its service – synchronized commenting. Now users will be notified by Hojoki if, say, a colleague comments on a posting to the team Basecamp account. Replies can be made directly via the Hojoki dashboard, from where they’re also sent back to Basecamp to be published there. The feature works across Trello, Basecamp, Highrise, Yammer, Github and more. It’s another step towards Hojoki’s mission to make its product the “homebase for your team in the cloud.”
As increasing numbers of companies turn to online services to augment or replace a traditional software suite, Hojoki is well-placed to bring them all together and keep teams on the same page. The product is currently completely free, but will be going freemium with paid options from early in 2013. If you sign up now, you can also get yourself a 25GB Box account into the bargain via a cross-promotion between the two companies.
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