Sunday Sampler: Azendoo goes public, BBM 2.0, Smartsheet resource management, Slack leaves beta

Azendoo, the cooperative work management tool (see Azendoo is one of the first cooperative work tools), has announced that it has rethought the way that permissions default. Instead of defaulting to private — only accessible to members of the ‘Subject” (a work context, like a project or a group), now the default is to all members of the workspace the subject is in:
This holds with both posts and tasks.
This is the better default, I think, and I am certain that the shift is the result of requests from cusomter tired of having to override the privacy option when publicy is what is generally desired.
(And no, the company hasn’t filed for an initial public offering, but I got your attention, right?)

BlackBerry has announced the availability of BBM 2.0 on Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry devices.
In particular, this release brings

  1. BBM Voice — iPhone and Android users now have voip communications to other BBM users over wifi or data connection
  2. BBM Channels — topical chat rooms with other BBM users
  3. Glympse location sharing
  4. Dropbox integrationBBM_Quick_Share_SendFile_ENG
  5. Larger BBM groups — now as many as 50 people
  6. Other nice-to-haves — more emoticons, voice notes, picture sharing, file sharing, and more.

I am going to actually try this out personally. They’ve reached a critical mass of features to lure me in.

Smartsheet has revealed new resource management functionality for the project management  tool with a spreadsheet user experience. It works by pulling resource ‘allocation information from existing project sheets and compiling it to see who is allocated to what tasks, and for how long. The information is displayed in a simple dashboard across all projects.’
Here you see three views: at the top, all users and all the projects they are working on; in the middle, a project view and an alert showing that a participant is over-resourced; and at the bottom, the project view, with the participant’s allocation being scaled back:
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I think Smartsheet provides capabilities for supporting huge networks of projects, and these resource management capabilities put it in select company in the project management side of work management tools.

Slack, the business conversational tool from Tiny Speck that I reviewed in October (see It’s getting even more real time: Slack and Skwiggle), has emerged from private beta and open for general use. Stewart Butterfield, the founder (and well-known as co-founder of Flickr), has aspirations as “a social layer uniting a company’s information flow on tools like Dropbox, Zendesk, Heroku, and Helpscout, where the messages from those apps would surface in appropriate chats on Slack.”
Butterfield has set his expectations on a freemium model, somewhat like what Flickr does. Basically, you have to pay when

  1. you want more than 5GB of storage,
  2. you want to be able to search past the most recent 10,000 messages, or
  3. to use more than 5 external integrations.

Slack offers tiers at 10GB, 20GB, and 50GB of team-shared storage, with support climbing to match, and various other complexities, in increasingly more sophisticated email support.
Butterfield has said he expects the company to be cash flow positive almost immediately, given the numbers of users. He doesn’t expect to raise venture funding, given that the company still has funds left from an earlier round, when Tiny Speck was a gaming start-up, before the pivot to Slack.