Belarusian developers are creating a Slack competitor for distributed teams
A startup with Belarusian roots, Leverice, has launched a new corporate messenger for distributed teams. The messenger is available on desktop for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and on mobile for Android, with an iOS version coming soon.
Born as a competitor to Mattermost, Slack and Teams, this next-gen messenger claims to have solved some of the common problems found in those tools and added several unique features. Leverice maintains topical integrity, when each topic is discussed in an individual channel, and provides free anytime access to the message history. The platform allows teams to brainstorm solutions and collaborate on text and code drafts in a single place without having to switch between multiple tools as in the case of similar platforms. Leverice boasts a smart multilevel channel tree, an intuitive UI, the ability to reroute discussions, in-app task management, a whiteboard collaboration feature, Jira integration and more.
Leverice is primarily aimed at tech companies whose employees work remotely from different parts of the world, but has plans to scale into new segments. As for monetization, all of its functionality is available to all users for free. There’s also an ads-free monthly subscription for $4.99 and a customizable plan for enterprise customers.
Leverice was founded in 2018. The startup has a development center in Minsk and offices in San Jose, Silicon Valley, where it is headquartered, and Munich. Last autumn, Leverice closed its six-figure seed financing round and is now planning to raise another $2+ million for R&D and marketing purposes in an A-round this spring, with a full-fledged launch expected in summer 2020. The startup currently employs 30 people.