TC Disrupt audience choice award winner Zula, by making team collaboration over mobile a possibility apparently got everyone to collaborate on voting them up to the top
During this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, one Israeli company was chosen from among 70 others as the audience choice award to present on stage at the event. That company was Zula.
A brave new mobile world for teams
Ask any entrepreneur and they’ll tell you; founding and running a startup is often a 24 hour job these days and the nature of not having a standard regiment of on/off hours comes with its own particular blend of operational working habits, right along with the need for lots of blended coffee.
Today’s offices are coffee houses and steak joints. Not stuffy, cubicle riddled lofts. Desks are park and subway benches, and devices of choice are more often mobile phones and tablets rather than Macs or PCs.
The problem here is that although mobile devices are conveniently… well, mobile, they weren’t designed with full team collaboration and task execution in mind. Need to quickly check on something, have to jot off an email – no problem. Should there be a problem, what you would normally do is make a quick call to the office and get someone on it, pronto. But what about when the problem is after hours? If it arises when you’re in transit and the person you call to fix it is out to dinner? How do you work, share, communicate, collaborate?
Zula’s mobile app brings team communication and collaboration to the mobile space with feature functionality that includes file-sharing, group and one on one messaging, a seamless on boarding process, as well as one-touch conference calling for the whole team.
Co-founder and serial entrepreneur Jeff Pulver explained the thinking behind Zula this way: “After having worked in the VoIP space for many years, it was clear to me there was still much work to be done on the team communication side. Teams are still very dependent on 3rd party conference calling systems, complicated email threads, and other heavy and inconvenient tools. Zula offers a great experience for teams who are on the go to communicate in the most natural way possible.”
The app launched at Disrupt for iOS and will be available for Android shortly. An HTML5 client is also planned for the near future but right now the focus is all mobile.
Zula was founded in 2012 by Jacob Ner-David and Jeff Pulver. The company recently raised $1M in seed funding from several angel investors and VCs including OurCrowd, Kima Ventures, Gigy Levy, Rhodium, Magna Ventures, Kima Ventures and Adi Sofer-Teeni. The company has offices in both Israel and the US.