Atlassian, a global software company, has acquired HipChat, the hosted private chat service whose customers include Groupon, HubSpot, and WIRED. The terms of the sale were not disclosed, but the HipChat founders were told there would be beer.
Similar to Yammer and Salesforce Chatter, HipChat is a cloud-based software that’s good for real-time communication, file sharing, and group collaboration. A professional alternative to AIM and Skype, the chat service has some standout features like a centralized contact list that’s automatically updated when an administrator adds a new employee and conversation threads that are searchable by keyword. Following the acquisition, the software will still be available for two dollars per month, per user after a 30-day free trial.
Last time we saw HipChat, the San Francisco-based startup had just received $100,000 in angel investment funding from the 2009 winners of the TechFellow Awards. HipChat’s three founders, Pete Curley, Garret Heaton, and Chris Rivers, are former fraternity brothers with two other acquisitions under their belts: HipCal, an online calendar company that was acquired by Plaxo in 2006; and Plaxo Pulse, a social network aggregator acquired by Comcast in 2008. Since they formed HipChat in 2009, the company has served 1,200 customers.
Curley, Heaton, and Rivers will join Atlassian’s hundreds of other employees at their office in San Francisco. “With their help and infrastructure, we can get some help with servers and providing great support to customers while we keep building kickass features,” wrote the HipChat founders in a blog post.
Said Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO and co-founder of Atlassian, “HipChat is incredible – perfect for product teams but fantastic for any team. Its use absolutely exploded at Atlassian, demonstrating the viral adoption potential of a modern communication system for team.” The newest integrations, released today, include the project and issue tracking software Atlassian JIRA, its content collaboration product Confluence, and two popular developer tools, FishEye and Crucible. “Connecting and sharing ideas in real-time helps teams move faster,” added Cannon-Brookes, “and HipChat does this better than any other product I’ve used.”
HubSpot is one of 18,000 companies that use Atlassian’s software. “We use HipChat, and love it — it’s a really easy way for our team members to build closer connections on a day-to-day basis,” said Mike Volpe, CMO at HubSpot. “And we use JIRA and several other Atlassian products to help build HubSpot. Now that Atlassian and HipChat are the same company, I can’t wait to see what they can do together.”