August 27, 2015 08:00 ET

Ryver Breaks Through Communication Barriers With Free Team Communication Platform

The Free Software Provides Powerful Team Communication for Unlimited Users -- Picking Up Where Slack™ Falls Short

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - August 27, 2015) - Ryver ("river"), a new software platform redefining how companies communicate, today opened its free software tool to the public. Until now the platform has been in beta and has garnered more than 100 active organizations. Ryver is now poised to take on competitors like Slack in the growing business communication market.

Ryver set out to solve team communications with its platform, but quickly learned all the features, bells and whistles in the world wouldn't make a difference without being completely free. While there are many features that are changing the way teams communicate, the powerful differentiator is Ryver gives users the authority to streamline communications without running into paywall restrictions.

"It took us over $9MM and three years to create a product that delivers what Slack is lacking. Now, we have a free solution that solves the problem of team communication in a smart, powerful way without having to worry about budgets or crippled products," said Pat Sullivan, CEO of Ryver. "With all the beta testing we did, one single thing became totally obvious: for team communications to work in the real world, it has to be free. There can be no hesitation to build a new team and add new users due to cost. Any product that is not free is just an illusion of a team communications tool."

As good as Slack is, it has two major flaws: a severely crippled free version and worse, the paid product has to have centralized administrators control who gets added to teams due to the cost. Centralized control means users cannot build the type or size teams they actually need unless they jump through hoops to get permission to do so. Each new user costs anywhere from $8 to $49 per month. Ryver totally eliminates all of this hassle because every team member has total freedom to instantly create the team they want and need. Even guests can be given the right to add new users to the team because they are always free.

"We needed the ability to build large, diverse teams that allow every stakeholder to know what is going on and have a say. We needed employees, customers, vendors, investors, advisors and contractors all to be part of the conversations," said Jeff Saville of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. "We simply could not afford to do this with any other product. Ryver allowed us to build the size of teams we needed with no concern about cost."

Here is how Ryver compares to the "free" Slack:

  • Unlimited users and guests vs. no guests at all
  • Unlimited search of all information vs. only the last 10,000 chats (on average amounts to 20 days or less)
  • Unlimited storage vs. 5GB
  • Users have total control vs. centralized control and admin roadblocks

Ryver organizes team conversations, chats, relevant files, graphics, and even important emails into a single location, all without the barrier of cost. It eliminates the pain of finding important emails in bloated inboxes, missing important details and wasting time. Ryver's tool allows teams of any size to be flexible with options to create both open and private conversations with important customers, colleagues, and vendors without concern for cost. Ryver also offers capabilities that Slack doesn't such as Facebook-like threaded posts, a centralized notification center, and files organized by team.

Ryver supports Zapier for integrations with over 400 applications. Ryver will also release shortly its Open API for deeper integrations with most other applications. This allows Ryver to become the "digital nervous system" of a company where important information streams into Ryver Teams where it can be immediately acted upon. Ryver's free version allows an unlimited number of integrations. Ryver already integrates natively with Google Drive, Google Hangouts, DropBox, Box and Zapier.

Ryver plans to generate revenue through an add-on task management system launching in Q4 of 2015. The Ryver Task Manager works seamlessly with Ryver Team Communication. "Ryver Tasks is almost ready and brings team communication to a new level, enabling teams to get things done in ways previously not possible with a mere integration to Task Managers," added Sullivan.

Users can sign up to join Ryver at

About Ryver
Ryver is a cloud-based software platform that's redefining how teams and companies communicate. The tool is designed for businesses that need to communicate in ways not possible with email. Ryver makes communication fast, relevant and effective and meetings more efficient. Ryver is available via Web browsers and Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android native apps. Ryver's co-founder and CEO, Pat Sullivan, previously co-founded ACT! and SalesLogix. For more information visit

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