Atlassian just announced they bought popular online service Trello for $425 million. Trello is used by many startup companies as “a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process”.
According to the news release, Trello will continue to operate as an independent company. Isn’t that how these acquisitions always start? I’m unsure how much money Trello earned. They introduced a few paid plans in the past though their free service was so full featured that there did not seem to be any need for me to ever pay.
Atlassian is an enterprise software company that develops products for software developers, project managers, and content management. They’ve gone through a string of 18 acquisitions in the past few years including Hipchat instant messaging for workplaces. It looks as if Atlassian is trying to diversify from its roots as a developer tools company.