Citrix today announced it has acquired the Danish startup Podio for an undisclosed sum. Podio, which is based in Copenhagen, was founded in 2009 and offers a collaborative work platform which supports people and teams getting work done the way they want in a social setting.
Podio’s unique apps concept adds structure and activity streams to any type of work and collaboration with teams, clients, in projects, and within functions such as sales, recruiting, marketing or other business areas. Podio’s cloud service unifies the content, traditional business applications, and new mobile apps, as well as the real-time and asynchronous communications required to work in the post PC era. According to Citrix, this is a natural extension the companies collaboration business, providing today’s mobile and distributed workforce an easy, secure and social way to come together and work as teams. Podio will be part of the GoTo cloud services portfolio, which includes GoToMeeting.
Podio enables small and medium-sized businesses and teams within larger organizations to manage all types of business processes and associated workflows using pre-assembled apps from Podio’s free app market. In addition, its technology empowers users to create their own preferred workflows and social collaboration activities that best suit their projects and the way they want to work. The collaborative work platform also integrates easily, or can be embedded, with other services that may be standard in their business. These include traditional enterprise or business solutions as well as today’s popular cloud-based data storage, online collaboration and content tools including Box, Campaign Monitor, Dropbox, Evernote, FreshBooks, Google Docs, Zendesk and Instapaper.
Citrix GoTo cloud services (which will soon include Podio) are market-leading products that help business move faster and more efficiently by powering today’s new and emerging work styles – enabling people to connect, share and collaborate regardless of location or device. Podio brings to Citrix a collaborative work platform for teams in a social setting; the ability to integrate with traditional applications and new apps; a robust, free app market; the means to extend and modify existing apps, or create new ones in support of contemporary work flows; and a talented team with the same values and passion for improving the way work is done in the cloud era.
Tommy Ahlers, CEO of Podio, stated: “From the start, Podio has been focused on creating an experience that would be more than an online place to talk about work but a platform customers trust to actually help them work as teams to get work done – 24/7. The extraordinary adoption we saw in just one year validates the pent up demand for better ways for teams to collaborate,”. He continued: “With a shared vision and culture that is synergistic, Citrix can help us scale to meet demand at a speed that would not be possible otherwise.”