One of the most beneficial things the internet has brought to businesses, organizations and groups is the ability to collaborate over long distances. There are many ways to converse online, and Jaconda presents yet another tailored to teams. Jaconda works through mobile phones, instant messengers and browsers to anyone can easily access it without downloading software to participate in a conversation. Jaconda is designed for teams and provides additional features like direct emails, project activity records, and tickets. Discussion transcripts are saved so users can references them again later if necessary. Users can add rooms to their Jaconda account intended for specific projects, departments or project support. Many professionals can also appreciate Jaconda’s flexible integration, which currently works with Google Code, GitHub, BitBucket, BeanStalk, Git, SubVersion, Heroku, Lighthouse, Pivotal Tracker, Capistrano and Redmine.Show more screenshots »
Jaconda was founded as a project team chat application in 2009 by Anton Mironov and Nick Ostrovsky. The current team is based out of Orenburg, Russia and consists of fewer than five individuals, including Denis Larionov and Alexey Zagarin.
Jaconda offers many of the same features other similar applications offer. What makes Jaconda appealing to some professionals is its simplicity and the way it caters to a professional team. The system maintains a record of transcripts so users can reference past online meetings without having to ask for reminders about what was discussed. The system requires no downloads and integrates with many popular applications currently being used by teams all over the world.
Jaconda is very neat and organized, creating an environment that nurtures productivity. The homepage features wide, dark grey side bars and a blue cloud background. These elements give the application its own personal style without taking away from the clutter free design.
Visitors can become Jaconda members by clicking on the green “Sign Up for Free” button found near the top, center of the homepage. Each membership includes a 30 day free trial that does not require a credit card. The user is asked to select their desired membership before continuing. The sign up form asks for a company name, desired Jaconda subdomain name, the user’s full name, email address and a password. A note beside the blue “Sign Up” button at the bottom of the form advises the user that submitting their information verifies that they agree to the Jaconda terms of service, refund and privacy policies.
Once the user’s 30 day free trial has ended, they will have to enter credit card information and pay for their account. The account options include five different memberships. The first is the Startup plan which costs under $10 per month and includes two rooms, seven members and up to 1 GB of storage space. The Small plan costs under $15 per month and includes up to four rooms, 15 members and 2 GBs of storage space. The Medium plan costs just under $25 per month and includes up to eight rooms, 30 members and 5 GBs of storage. The Large plan costs just under $50 per month and includes up to 15 rooms, 70 members and 20 GBs of storage space. The most expensive plan is the Corp membership which costs just under $100 and upgrades to include up to 50 rooms, 140 members and 50 GBs of storage space.
Jaconda can be a very beneficial application for teams and groups who need to collaborate. Although the features are geared more towards professional groups, non-profits and other teams can easily use it to collaborate online.