Umuse announces USD 5m seed round

Umuse, Inc. has announced the release of its beta application for workplace communication, introducing a new way to combine email and chat into a single message feed, the company said.

Founded by former Spiceworks Founder and CEO Scott Abel, the company also announced USD 5 million in seed funding from Shasta Ventures, Next Coast Ventures and Floodgate Capital to test and develop the concept, and bring it to market.

The Umuse application combines the power and flexibility of email, with the speed and intimacy of chat, prioritized in a single, Facebook-like message feed. Instead of creating yet another communication channel, Umuse works seamlessly with existing services such as Gmail and Slack. In Umuse, users can quickly scan, zoom, reply to, and search messages across all channels.

Umuse is on a mission to tame communication chaos in the workplace. A personal communication platform for the enterprise, Umuse combines the power and flexibility of email, with the speed and intimacy of chat, prioritized into one Facebook-like message feed. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Umuse is backed by Shasta Ventures, Next Coast Ventures, and Floodgate Capital.