Will moving, ‘spacial video’ start to eat into square-box Zoom calls? SpatialChat thinks so – TechCrunch

Most of us are locked into a square video box on a platform like Zoom, and the desire to move around a virtual space prevails. These new ways of presenting to people – as small circles of video placed in a virtual space where they can roam – have appeared in various forms, such as the ‘virtual bar’ for the past few months during the global pandemic. Hey, I went to some virtual bars too! Although the drink from my fridge may be better …

The advantage of this spatial approach is that it gives too much ‘agency’ to the user. You think, at least, a Bit Under more control, you can make ‘physical’ choices as you go, even if it is still a virtual experience.

Now Spatial chatThe first startup with that approach, which launched on ProductHunt in April last year, is ramping up the game with a redesigned design and frequent chat feature. The product debuted on ProductHunt on April 20, 2020 and reached the number 3 app of the day. The web-based platform is bootstrapped to founders with their own resources.

SpatialChat now adds a special tier and facilities for town hall meetings and teams running virtual offices, and says it now has more than 3,000 organizations that pay customers, more than 200,000 monthly active users.

Startups are part of a virtual networking space, such as populating products
Teamflow, Gather, And Remo. Although it started as an online networking event service, it is now trying to re-position itself as a platform for multi-group discussions, ranging from all simple stand-up meetings to online conferences. is.

SpatialChat uses a mix of ‘proximity’ video chat, screen sharing and rooms for up to 50 people. It is now putting in pricing plans for regular, weekly and one-time use cases. It says that it uses the platform to staff Sony, Panasonic, Sega, LinkedIn, Salesforce and McKinsey, as well as teachers and staff from 108 US universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale and MIT.

Almas Abulkharov, CEO and co-founder of SpatialChat, says: “Slack, Zoom and Microsoft teams represent a virtual office for many teams, but most of our customers say these apps are not a good fit for that. They thought That you are working side by side and “zoom fatigue” has become a term for a reason. We want to bring the best out of offline work. “

Datasol CPO Konstantin Krasov, who used the platform, said, “During the 2-day program we had 2500 people, which we hosted for our community of 50,000 data scientists. Spatialchat enabled us to create a cool networking event, Q / A and AMA with thought leaders in data science. “