Published On: Fri, Apr 29th, 2022

Mio raises $8.7M Series A to make craving messaging interoperable

Mio, a startup that helps craving teams combine opposite messaging services like Zoom Chat, Microsoft Teams, Slack and Cisco’s Webex, currently announced that it has lifted an $8.7 million Series A appropriation round. The turn was led by Zoom and Cisco Investments. In total, Austin-based Mio, that was founded in 2016 and participated in a Y Combinator Winter 2016 class, has now lifted $17 million. Other investors embody Goldcrest Capital, Eniac Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator and Capital Factory.

While being means to discuss opposite platforms isn’t customarily a problem that comes adult inside a company, it does turn an emanate when you’re operative opposite organizations. Traditionally, those kinds of conversations used to occur in pre-planned meetings, either in-person or virtually, though a pestilence usually accelerated a pierce toward craving messaging services for this use case, too.

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As Mio CEO and co-founder Tom Hadfield told me, we might consider that a opposite players in this margin would wish to keep their walled gardens sealed off from competitors, though a fact that Zoom and Cisco are investing in Mio shows that interoperability is really most on their minds. He also remarkable that Microsoft and Meta recently partnered on an formation between Teams and Facebook Workplace, while Slack and Teams have also prolonged partnered around VoIP integrations.

“Microsoft Teams is same to a Local Area Network, since Microsoft will always broach messages between Microsoft users,” pronounced Hadfield. “When a Teams user wants to send a summary to a Slack user, it will go over a Wide Area Network for workplace communications. That’s what we’re building during Mio.”

Hadfield, who co-founded a association with CTO James Cundle, tells me that a group spent a final few years on addressing technical hurdles like handling a simple differences between messaging clients (like Slack’s support for tradition emoji) and how they hoop channels, for example. Different platforms also place opposite boundary on their users and their APIs are always in flux, too.

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“The partnership attention has come a prolonged approach from a ‘multi-headed clients’ like Trillian that connected AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger in a early 2000s,” explained Hadfield. “A decade ago, there was a large pull for open standards like XMPP and SIP, though a standards bodies unsuccessful to keep adult with a fast gait of creation in group collaboration. Mio solves this by federating publicly accessible APIs, so any height can innovate during their possess pace.”

Given a apparent need for a use like this, it’s no warn that there is a bit of foe here. Nextplane offers rather identical capabilities and with Matrix, there is an open source custom for decentralized messaging with bridges to Slack, Discord and others (but not Teams, Zoom and Webex). “We devise to work closely with Matrix and Nextplane to allege a common prophesy for a one messaging ecosystem,” pronounced Hadfield.

Mio skeleton to use a new supports to raise a use by adding support for additional services like Google Chat, Meta’s Workplace and Symphony. The association also skeleton to launch a new one participation underline that will concede users to synchronize their participation standing opposite services.

“This investment, by dual of a largest players in a partnership industry, ushers in a new epoch for interoperability,” pronounced Hadfield. “It brings us one step closer to ‘Collaboration Nirvana’ where everybody on a world can combine with any other, regardless of that discuss app they are using.”

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