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A Slack competitor that aims to cut the chatter

Work & Lifestyle

The Leverice collaboration platform allows users to reduce the amount of background conversation they are exposed to

Spotted: As more workplaces adopt collaborative platforms to solve the problem of connecting remote and in-office workers, a new problem has emerged – the always-on, information overload. In fact, many collaboration platforms save time by organising work on one hand, while eating into productivity on the other hand. A brand-new collaboration platform called Leverice is hoping to change this, with a system built around the way people communicate in real life.

While most collaboration tools are designed around synchronous communications, Leverice is instead designed for asynchronous communications, allowing users to communicate at their own pace. The platform does this by allowing users to organise chat content as nested sub-channels. So, rather than be exposed to constant chatter from every team, users are in charge of organising the flow of information.

While this may not seem that different from how tools like Slack are now organised, Leverice COO Daniel Velton has pointed out that the structuring on other tools is, “about each user adding a tiny bit of structure to their own private interface, not having a structure that affects and improves the way an entire team communicates.” Leverice, in contrast, applies the same structure to the whole team. So, as long as one person on the team is hyper-organised, the whole team is organised.

Velton goes on to describe the depth that Leverice allows as a major asset. “Sure, in Leverice you can build the ‘6-lane autobahns’ […] But we are the only messenger where you can also construct a structured network of ‘country roads’. It’s more ‘places’ but each ‘place’ is so narrow and topical that working through it all becomes more manageable, quick and pleasant, and it’s something you can do at your own pace without fear of missing important kernels of information as they fly by on the autobahn.”

The plethora of communication tools on the market can sometimes feel overwhelming, so it is perhaps no surprise to find one focused on teams looking for more structure and organisation than existing solutions offer. We are also seeing a growth in the number of tools that aim to improve existing platforms, including an app that optimises Zoom meetings and an engagement platform that encourages diversity.

Written By: Lisa Magloff

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