Keep track of what you need to get done with Trello, an organizing app that’s been used by businesses and students to improve collaboration.

Trello offers its app for free, with the possibility of premium upgrades for users who want more functionality. It’s available across platforms, including on computers through its website, on smartphones, and on tablets. 

Drag and Drop

The interface that forms the basis of Trello is in a drag and drop format. It’s essentially a digital corkboard with sticky notes. This visual way of organizing tasks gives groups of people who are not in the same space a way to communicate and get things done. 

The free interface of Trello offers all of the functionality needs that most users require to be productive. There are several options for upgrades that give users more space to upload files, custom communication emojis and images, admin controls, bulk data, domain restrictive invites, and even single sign on. These levels are Trello Gold, Trello Business Class, and Trello Enterprise. There are annual and monthly pricing options available for all of the paid options. 

Essential aspects of the Trello platform include in line editing, mobile functionality, checklists, search functions, SSL encryption, activity logs, email notifications, archiving, deadline reminders, and info backup. Since it was released Trello has undergone several updates that have improved its functionality, however the basic form as remained the consistent.

A Little Foggy

Fog Creek Software founder Joel Spolsky created Trello to address the organizational needs of people who are working to get things done. He debuted the app at a TechCrunch event in 2011, and it quickly took off as one of the most exciting new software programs of the year. Wired Magazine named it as a top tech startup that year, and it was proclaimed as a top collaborative tool by Lifehacker. 

Fog Creek had specialized in management and productivity software. Products created by this company sought to improve project management. Besides Trello, its products include Stack, Stack Overflow, Exchange, and FogBugz. In 2015, the company changed its name to Glitch. 

Bought Out

With Trello’s rapid growth came rapid expansion and the need for capital to fund that expansion. In 2014, Spark Capital and Index Ventures put ten million dollars into the company. Two years later, Trello published member information that put it at over one million active users every day and more than fourteen million total users. 

The dramatic growth of Trello attracted the attention of larger tech companies. In January of 2017, it was announced that Trello would be bought by tech giant Atlassian for four hundred and twenty-five million dollars. At the time of the acquisition, founders Joel Spolsky and Michael Pryor owned the majority of shares in the company, with only twenty-two percent having been sold to other investors from the outside. Atlassian’s buyout cost three hundred and sixty million dollars in cash, while the rest of the funds came through options and shares. 

Trello has continued to grow under the umbrella of Atlassian. It’s hybrid platform of free and premium features attracts both casual users and highly organized businesses. Users have come to rely on its easy to use interface, its simple functionality, and its consistency across platforms.