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The Startup Collaboration Playbook: Selecting the Perfect Apps for Teamwork

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The cornerstone of any successful startup lies in the mastery of communication details and the strategic setup of those processes. In today’s era of remote work, selecting the right communication platform for daily use is paramount. Among the favored tools for team collaboration are renowned applications such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Google Workspace. Yet, despite their widespread adoption, these platforms aren’t without their faults. Slack, for instance, comes with a hefty price tag, whereas Microsoft Teams can pose a challenge for those without technical expertise to configure.

This underscores the importance of venturing beyond popular choices to discover what other communication tools are out there.

For startups, efficient collaboration transcends the simple exchange of files and messages; it’s about digitizing and streamlining entire business workflows. Let’s explore how the latest technologies can help reduce the operational costs and initial expenses of running your startup, focusing specifically on communication tools.

Organizing Teams

Modern communication tools allow for more than just basic chats; they enable the formation of entire communities. This functionality isn’t limited to conventional messaging apps like WhatsApp or Telegram but extends to superapps such as WeChat or Gem Space.

Superapps, by design, offer a wide range of services and functionalities. For instance, Gem Space provides a comprehensive suite of features. Within these platforms, communities—or “Spaces”—allow users to create topic-centric chats, channels, information collections, and even make calls.

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Streamlining Calls and Video Conferences

Team dynamics often require the organization of video conferences and meetings, a practice that has become predominantly remote. While specialized services typically charge for call and video conferencing capabilities, these features are also found in common messengers, albeit with limitations on participant numbers and connection durations.

For a startup, minimizing communication-related expenses is crucial, making the search for free or cost-effective services essential. Gem Space, for example, offers free call and video conferencing services, supporting up to a thousand participants at a time. This flexibility allows for both individual and group calls, catering to specific users or the wider community within a Space.

Open access is a key feature, with the ability to include even non-registered users via a guest link.

Enhancing Utility with Additional Services and Chatbots

Communication apps offer more than just messaging and calls; they bring additional services that can significantly cut down on staffing and service costs.

Voice message transcription, often a premium feature, can be a budget-friendly find if offered for free.

In Gem Space, this transcription service is freely available. The platform also includes an integrated editor for content creation and channels for publication and monetization.

Chatbots have become an integral feature within apps, automating tasks and effectively replacing roles such as copywriters and designers. ChatGPT, a popular AI, exemplifies this trend. Whether accessed directly through its website or through integrated solutions like the GemAIBot in Gem Space, it facilitates a range of requests from text generation to image creation.

As technology continues to evolve, so too do the opportunities for users and entrepreneurs. Staying up to date with new services is vital, as they can offer significant value for both business operations and communication strategies. The diversity of available tools means there’s something for every need and preference. And while a service might be paid or unavailable today, alternatives with different terms might be just around the corner.

Superapps, in particular, stand out for their comprehensive range of services, offering more than typical communication apps. They represent a growing field with immense potential for startups looking to streamline their operations and communication channels.

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at

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