VideoMeet’s common name was a deliberate choice by its creators, Jaipur-based Data Ingenious Global (more on this later). The enterprise tech company began developing a video conferencing application within weeks of India going into lockdown.
Even as Zoom became the default video conferencing platform globally — going from three million to 300 million daily users in nearly no time — Ajay Data, renowned techie and VideoMeet Founder and CEO, wanted to build a desi alternative. Before this, the much-rewarded entrepreneur had created DataMail, one of the world’s first linguistic email addresses mobile apps.
Before this, the much-rewarded entrepreneur had created DataMail, one of the world’s first linguistic email addresses mobile apps.
The founder explains, “The idea was that when people search for ‘video meeting’, we’d have the natural advantage of popping up. A generic product name gets eyeballs and is easy for first-time users to know what it solves.”
In three months, VideoMeet has crossed 50k downloads on Google Play Store. It is also available on iOS and the web, with its users mainly logging in via browser, similar to the feature of Google Meet. The platforms hosts at least two lakh daily meeting minutes.
Webinar and conference hosts can simply share the meeting name with participants or attendees instead of sending a new meeting link each time.
It seems to be much simpler and easier to use for the Indian population. It provides ‘waiting rooms’ with audio messages and music in the background. Moving further, its plans to show promo videos to keep meeting participants engaged, and the feature of adding to the revenue stream.
Ajay says, “We have no limits on meeting participants. So, you can hold a political rally, create a film promotion event, host corporate webinars, take an educational class, or even do small business meetings on VideoMeet. With the streaming feature, companies can do global product launches.”
The startup seems like, it has been on a launching spree, it recently launched Virtual Now (VNow), an online events platform that streamlines the process of hosting and managing virtual events and exhibitions. VNow has been developed keeping in mind things like pre-event buzz, on-going event requisites, live sharing, stages, and lobbies.