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RingCentral buys Boca Raton-based business messaging startup Glip

RingCentral, a cloud communication services provider, has acquired Glip, a Boca Raton business-messaging technology startup, the companies announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Glip, founded in 2012, makes business messages in teams more efficient by embedding shared calendars, task and project management, video conferencing and file sharing into the conversation stream. It launched its product in early 2014, relaunched with a Glip 2 early this year and launched an iOS and Android app this spring.

Led by co-founders Peter Pezaris, Claudio Pinkus and David Hersh, Glip's management team has worked together for 20 years and started and successfully exited several other  startups, including Multiply. The self-funded Glip, with 13 employees,  recently relaunched its product that for the first time enabled the seamless integration of team conversation with advanced task and project management, said Pezaris. Glip was being used by more than 10,000 teams – including at IBM, CBS Interactive, The Economist and Harvard University – and integrats with Asana, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, JIRA, GitHub, Google, Zendesk and others.

Glip’s capabilities will be integrated and made available to all RingCentral Office customers. RingCentral also plans to keep the current stand-alone Glip application, renamed as RingCentral Teams, available for web, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android for all current and future customers, said Vlad Shmunis, CEO of RingCentral, a publicly traded tech company based in Belmont, Calif. Pezaris, the CEO, and the R&D team will join RingCentral.

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