Singapore-based enterprise messaging service startup Pie raises $1.2m Series A round

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Singapore-headquartered enterprise messaging service Pie has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding led by GREE Ventures.

Existing investors Koh Boon Hwee, Wavemaker Partners, Dennis Goh, and YSS Capital’s Ivan Yeo also participated in this round. The company, whose workplace chat app will compete with Slack, has now raised a total of $2 million.

Prior to this round, it had raised $800,000 in seed capital.

Pie was founded in 2013 by Thijs Jacobs and Pieter Walraven, two product guys, whose were fed up with the poor state of enterprise software their workplaces forced them to use.

Along similar lines as Slack, the messenger app that’s changing the workplace , Pie allows users to start group chats, send private messages, share files from one’s devices, apps and services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and iCloud Drive, in-clss search, and the app can sync between your phone, tablet, watch, web and desktop.

The workplace chat app also works with Apple Watch, and lets users send smart quick replies with a single tap straight from their wrist.

The app is currently free and is used by over 2,000 companies at present.

According to a report in techcrunch, Kuanhua Hsu, principal at GREE Ventures, said: “We’re extremely excited to be investing in Pie as we were impressed by the strength of the team and their vision for mobile communication and collaboration. Messaging is of course a mega-trend that’s still evolving, particularly on the enterprise side, and we feel the Pie team is addressing a market, particularly amongst SMEs, that’s in-between consumer apps like WhatsApp and heavier enterprise software like Slack.

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