Hojoki Raises $620K; Soon All Cloud Apps Will Work as One
As if we didn't have enough activity streams in our lives already, Hojoki provides one for your favorite apps. Now you can keep track of what's going on on Twitter, Google Docs and Dropbox from one convenient location. 

On Stranger Tides

This is probably my roots talking, but I love it when a company derives its name from a Japanese word. In Hojoki's case the inspiration comes from a Japanese book -- even better! 

Hōjōki was written by Kamo no Chōmei, a famous poet, in 1212. The opening sentence is perhaps one of the most famous expressions in Japanese literature because of its influence on how people think about the flow of life: 

The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before.  

I'm sure you know where this is going. By housing cloud-based application activity under one roof, Hojoki hopes to influence the way people think about the flow of work. More specifically, the team wants to solve what they call the "information fragmentation" problem. 

Activity Streams, Activity Streams, Activity Streams

If you're an Enterprise 2.0 head, then you're already familiar with the concept. Yammer, for example, just announced the Activity Stream Ticker, which publishes the actions that occur on platforms from several companies, including Box.net, Zendesk, Spigit, TripIt, Badgeville and Expensify.

Hojoki basically allows you to enjoy that kind of information overload without using Yammer.  Better yet, the platform currently supports some very popular apps, including Dropbox, Google Docs, Delicious, Twitter and Google Calendar. Going forward, Hojoki says three new integrations will be published each month. Evernote, Zendesk and Lighthouse are reportedly already in the pipeline.

Here, check it out in action:


The Future of Communication

Excited? So is Kizoo Technology Ventures, which just lead Hojoki's US$ 620,000 seed funding round. Not bad for a company that debuted in March of this year. 

“We believe that Hojoki perfectly supports the future style of work and communication. With its focus on integration, the startup is in a great position to become the leading one-stop-shop for today’s project teams” says Frank Schüler, Board Member of Kizoo.

Hojoki seems more accessible (a.k.a. more appealing to consumers) than Enterprise-focused companies like Yammer and Salesforce, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the team is launching its beta -- December 7th at Le Web conference in Paris -- with Twitter and Google integration. But whether it will actually live up to its name remains to be seen.