Short takes: Spigit and Mindjet merging, Smartsheet releases Android app, Citrix releases Talkboard

One of the leading innovation management platforms, Spigit, is merging with the work management solution, Mindjet. As reported here earlier this summer, Spigit was in the process of being acquired (see Spigit being acquired) based on an SEC filing from Pico Holdings, one of its creditors, although no announcement was made by either Mindjet or Spigit until yesterday. There is no definitive word of what shape the integration of the technologies will take, but all 100 employees of Spigit are joining the 300 staff of Mindjet, and Spigit’s CEO will become Mindjet’s chief innovation officer.

Smartsheet, the work management solution with a spreadsheet-like user experience, has released an Android app and enhanced iPad and iPhone apps, as well. These apps now allow users to work with interactive Gannt charts, and to update Smartsheet data and create new sheets on these mobile devices.

Citrix has announced a new coworking iPad app called Talkboard. The idea is to allow two or more people to share and co-edit “boards” — like virtual whiteboards — in an intuitive and extremely simple fashion, and in realtime as well as asynchronously.


I spoke with the key designer of the product, Matt Anderson, and he underscored the need for people working remotely from each other to be able to have a remote whiteboard-like experience, one where the tool is almost not there at all. Talkboard is extremely minimal, not even supporting the complexities of off-board comments, text boxes, and other social capabilities. Anderson says they plan to only add new capabilities after they are convinced they don’t make the experience artificial, and to explore how the product fits in with other Citrix offerings, like Podio and GoToMeeting.

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