Notion acquires privacy-focused productivity platform Skiff


Notion launched its new Cron-based calendar last month, but its productivity suit may soon have more privacy-focused offerings. The company announced today that it has acquired Skiffa platform that offers end-to-end encrypted file, document, calendar event and email storage.

Skiff was launched in 2020 by Andrew Milich and Jason Ginsberg. The company raised $14.2 million in two rounds from investors including Sequoia Capital, Alphabet Chairman John Hennessy, former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, and Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz, Balaji Srinivasan and re–Inc founder Jenny Wang.

Image credits: Skiff

In a conversation with the co-founders published on the Notion blog, the company's COO Akshay Kothari said Notion took note of Skiff's work from the beginning.

“Skiff started showing up on our radar at Notion early on. I actually tried to contact you in 2020 when you were developing your Docs product. We never connected back then, but I kept an eye on your progress. Then a few months ago, Ivan [Notion co-foudner] and I was talking, and Skiff came back. I downloaded all the products you had built and was really impressed with the attention to detail,” Kothari said.

While the company started as a secure alternative to Google Docs, it has also developed other productivity solutions such as calendaring and email.

Skiff mentioned on its website that the company was joining Notion. On a support page, Skiff said the product would stop after six months. He mentioned that Skiff user account will not be converted to Notion account. Additionally, users can easily export or migrate their data to other services.

Notion's latest acquisition was the workflow management tool Data flow in 2022. Before that, it acquired Cron and India-based Automate.io, which had a suite of integrations with 200 services.



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