Startups nationwide, listen up: if you haven’t already, now is the time to get your Slack on.
Slack, for those not in the know, is the fruit of California-based startups’ labor back in 2013. It takes the best aspects of Gmail, Skype, Dropbox, and other productivity apps and combines them into a powerful team communication tool for businesses of any size.
The program boasts features such as real-time messaging, archiving, and a search function, leaving very little to be desired from the veritable workhorse.
Taking it a step further
So how does one make an incredibly efficient productivity tool even more productive?
The London-based app, Skylar has an answer: add a conversational AI to the mix.
Like a growing stack of papers on a cluttered desk, the amount of transferable information in Slack can quickly become cumbersome; files get buried, conversations become extensive and, subsequently, unreadable, and you can easily spend just as much time searching for retroactive information as you do processing it.
Skylar, a sort of Siri dedicated to Slack, fixes this problem by working to consolidate and locate information for you while you direct your attention elsewhere.
Consider Skylar your personal, automated secretary – it does the tedious sorting and reviving for which you just don’t have time — and all for as low as $0/month.
Skylar lets you Slack
Free’s a pretty hard price to beat, folks.
Skylar also has the capacity to work outside the confines of Slack – for example, it can send and receive emails, attachments, and files, and then process them directly back into Slack for your convenience — meaning you can stay productive without breaking your in-Slack focus.
Skylar’s freedom outside of Slack even allows it to perform functions such as ordering food (then sending you the bill so you can pay, all while staying in Slack), reserving coworking space, and calling an Uber driver.
Simply put, Skylar lets you Slack without slacking.
Skylar’s pricing ranges from the aforementioned free package to a $15/month unlimited plan that promises to “scale infinitely for any company.” The free plan still includes basic functionality—100 requests per day, a service plug-in, and the like—whereas the $5/month midrange plan offers exponentially more requests and service plug-ins, and unlimited expense reports.
Bottom line: If your business runs on Slack, spring for whatever Skylar plan your budget can afford. You’ll make that monthly bill back in a day purely from a productivity standpoint, and you’ll probably spend infinitely less time perusing your archives.