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Eko Communications Lands $5.7M For Its Messaging Platform For Corporates In Asia

Slack opened the tech world’s mind to the potential of messaging inside organizations, but there are plenty of others working to bring the concept to different kinds of businesses. One such startup, Bangkok-based Eko Communications, is focused on making communication within large-scale companies mobile-centric, and it has raised $5.7 million in Series A funding led by Gobi Partners. The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a business messaging app is Slack, the billion dollar U.S. company that is used by practically every tech company worth its salt. But, like Pie — the Singapore-based company focused on the long-tail business of non-technical teams — Eko also has a very different market segment in mind: companies with thousands of staff upwards.1-2 “We’re very different,” Korawad Chearavanont, founder and CEO told TechCrunch in an interview. “If you look at Slack’s client base, it’s very techy and focused on small teams… when the team becomes too big, it becomes less strong. With Eko, the bigger the team becomes, the stronger it is. For companies with less than 100 employees we’d recommend going to a rival.” Eko is available for iOS, Android and web. The service is charged on a per seat basis via a tiered pricing system that tops out at $10 per user, although clients with specific requests can tailor their own package.1-3Chearavanont, who is Thai but started Eko in his college dorm three years ago while studying in New Jersey, explained that the product includes features such as broadcast, an alert system that lets companies send messages to their entire employee base or specific staff based on location, job title, etc. Eko customers white-label their app with their own logo, and other customizations like motivational features to help staff get informal feedback from managers and teams, and a company-wide directory for looking up colleagues and their details.

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