Element was founded in 2017 by the creators of Matrix, the open protocol for secure, decentralised communication. Matrix's mission is to free communication from proprietary silos, by allowing everyone to pick who hosts their communication, while still participating in a global open network. Matrix is governed by the non-profit Matrix.org Foundation.
Element's mission is to grow the Matrix ecosystem and fund development of the protocol by building apps and services on top of it.
Element is the flagship Matrix app. It is a secure messaging app and collaboration tool. It can be hosted for free on Matrix.org, or through a paid subscription from Element Matrix Services.
Element works with the French government on its Matrix-based messaging and collaboration solution, as well as Germany's Bundeswehr, the German states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.