Cloud computing

Tomorrow's workplace apps are pretty, cloud-based and collaborative

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Photo: Notion Labs

A new generation of workplace collaboration tools with a heavy emphasis on design is developing a cult following among users and beginning quietly to win over the corporate world.

The big picture: Companies like Airtable, Notion, Figma, and others are following in the footsteps of IPO candidate Slack, the workplace chat app which helped prove this model successful by growing far beyond Silicon Valley's engineering teams.

Expert Voices

Too much proprietary tech could hurt the AV market

Illustration of a computer wearing a seat belt.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

AV companies are largely developing their cars as a package deal, which requires extraordinary expertise and investment in vehicle technologies, software and cloud-based systems.

Why it matters: This strategy could ultimately take a toll on innovation and competition by limiting the possibility of interchangeable components that could drive down costs and bring AVs to market faster.