Notion launched its new calendar based on Cron last month, but its productivity suite will soon have more privacy-focused offerings. The company announced today that it has acquired Skiff, a platform that provides end-to-end encrypted file storage, docs, calendar events and email.
Skiff was launched in 2020 by Andrew Milich and Jason Ginsberg. The company has raised $14.2 million in two rounds of funding from investors including Sequoia Capital, along with Alphabet chairman John Hennessy, former Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang and Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz. Balaji Srinivasan, and Jenny Wong, founder of Re-Inc.
In a conversation with the co-founders posted on Notion's blog, the company's COO Akshay Kothari said that Notion had observed Schiff's work since its inception.
“The skiff started showing up on our radar at Notion from the start. I really tried to get in touch when you were creating your docs product in 2020. We didn't connect then, but I kept tabs on your progress. A few months ago, Evan (Notion co-founder) and I were talking, and Skiff came up again. I've downloaded all the products you've built and I'm really impressed by the attention to detail,” says Kothari.
While the company launched as a secure alternative to Google Docs, it also built other productivity solutions like Calendar and Email.
Schiff said on his website that the company is joining Notion. We've reached out to Notion for clarification if Skiff is being discontinued as a product.
Notion's last acquisition in 2022 was workflow management tool FlowDash. Before that, it acquired Cron and India-based Automate.io, which has a suite of integrations with 200 services.