The Glassboard business chat service is closing its doors after failing to make money. Glassboard, which offered a way for groups, including businesses, teams, and families, to share a private running conversation, photos, locations, and files, launched in 2011 and has struggled to find a viable business model since then with sustainable revenues. And so, on November 1st, Glassboard is turning off.
Glassboard is at least offering users a way out by turning all accounts into premium accounts for the next month:
Glassboard's emphasis on privacy and security turned out to not be enough to save the company from the realities of running a real business with real expenses. Though the app has gone through several updates on both Android and iOS, that they were never able to reach a critical mass of paying customers is dragging the service out of contention.
So the question is, for Glassboard users, to what do you turn now for your organizational communication?
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.