Notion launched its new Cron-based calendar last month, but its productivity suit will soon have more privacy-focused offerings. The company today announced that it has acquired Skiff, a platform that offers end-to-end encrypted file, document, calendar event and email storage.
Skiff was founded in 2020 by Andrew Milich and Jason Ginsberg. The company had raised $14.2 million in funding in two rounds from investors including Sequoia Capital along with 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.
In a conversation with the co-founders posted on Notion’s blog, the company’s COO Akshay Kothari said Notion had taken note of Skiff’s work from the beginning.
“Skiff started appearing on our radar at Notion from the beginning. I actually tried to contact you in 2020, when he was building his Docs product. We never connected then, but I followed your progress. Then a few months ago, Ivan (Notion co-founder) and I were talking and Skiff came up again. I downloaded all the products you guys had created and was really impressed by the attention to detail,” Kothari said.
While the company started out as a secure alternative to Google Docs, it also developed other productivity solutions like calendar and email.
Skiff mentioned on its website that the company will join Notion. On a support page, Skiff said the product would be shut down after six months. He mentioned that the Skiff user account will not be converted to a Notion account. Additionally, users can easily export or migrate their data to other services.
Notion’s last acquisition was workflow management tool Flowdash in 2022. Before that, it acquired India-based Cron and Automate.io, which had a suite of integrations with 200 services.