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In the past few months, I have not had a conversation about remote work that does not include mention of Hoppin, a virtual events platform valued at $ 2.1 billion.

For a company only a little over a year old, Hoppin has a wild development story. It raised its ARR from $ 0 to $ 20 million in nine months. It reviewed two businesses, including a streamyard, to differentiate its business For $ 250 million Just this week. And in its last financing round, the company was valued at $ 2.1 billion.

Hopin’s growth amidst Zoom’s fatigue is recognizing a whole crop of remote-work-focused startups. I see startups in the category sitting in two camps: either you are betting that users want a more passive way to interact with the video or you are betting that the users are more proactive to interact with the video Want the way.

This week, for example, I wrote about it rewatch, Which creates internal private channels for startups to archive all their videoconferencing meetings. The company is essentially turning live meetings into translatable documents that employees can shift to synchronously, asynchronously, on their own schedule.

Conversely, I also covered Teamflow, A platform that seeks to give companies a virtual space to recreate the seriousness and productivity of an office. Unlike Rivach, Teamflow feels that employees want more distributed moments in the distributed world.

Both previously stealthy companies cite Hoppin as an example of how we actually interact. Revach and Teamflow, respectively, see Zoom as a plug-in or competitor – not an inspiration.

As i mentioned This Week’s Podcast, This is a dynamic that I expect to play even more over the next few months, as we evolve from a zoom world to a zoom alternative world. I want to hear from you, even if you disagree, which companies should be on my radar in the remote work space. Email me Or tweet me @nmasc_ With companies you think my remote-work should be on the radar.

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this week, There was a storm in America’s Capitol Building By pro-Trump rebels in deadly riots. Many in the tech community blamed Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg for not limiting hate speech on their respective platforms, thus increasing the flames of domestic terrorism.

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Even when many responses are seen too late, events are seen as a significant change in regulation between government and technical functions.

e.t.c: Reggie James, CEO, and founder of Eternal, put the issue into one Tweet:

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Sticking to our government and technical topics, P&G is officially Scrapped its plan The razor startup, acquiring Billy, prosecuted antitrust concerns after the FTC.

Here’s what you know: In 2017, Billy was founded with the goal of fighting the “pink tax” on items given to women, including marketplaces and body washes. It was to be acquired by P&G after raising just $ 35 million in venture capital.

e.t.c: Direct-to-consumer brand Not happy. The failed deal is not so subtle an indication for DTC brands that they have a cap on the scale, at least in the eyes of the FTC. Government regulation and limited scale can also hurt VC’s interest in the category.

There is optimistic news that VC funding may occur The top D2C brands are falling out of favor.

Many product-based brands, as it turns out, are no longer interested in pursuing venture capital, playing the “grow-at-all-cost” game and offering investors partial control despite epidemics and uncertain circumstances There are many founders facing themselves.

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