Scoot lands $12M to inject customization into videoconferencing

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  • Scoot unlocks a new dimension for virtual meeting by replicating what happens when a group of people (small or large) gather together in person to network, share and discuss ideas.
  • Meanwhile, hybrid meeting features allow users to livestream content into a virtual room joinable via Scoot’s iOS and Android mobile apps.Image Credits: ScootAdmins also have access to analytics, like who attended a meeting and how long they attended.
  • The upside is a level of engagement and productivity that resembles physical meetings, but with the flexibility, speed and cost savings of a virtual meeting.”But Scoot does have more unique features, like “spontaneous conversations,” which lets meeting participants break out into smaller groups for more intimate chats.
  • Admins have some control over it, he notes, in the sense that they can purposefully “group” employees with other employees within the context of a larger meeting.“Once you give people the social agency to move around in a big company meeting, you can … drive company goals.
  • “Before, during and after the formal component of the meeting, attendees can find colleagues and customers, have sidebar conversations, and just be human.”“At Scoot, we are redefining online virtual meetings, gatherings and networking,” Stevens continued.
  • Even prior to the pandemic, videoconferencing was a lucrative segment, with funding for videoconferencing startups hitting $250 million in 2017, according to Crunchbase.Vowel, backed by Calendly CEO Tope Awotona, offers what it calls a “meeting operating system” with analytics and searchable on-demand recordings.
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