Office video communication app Voodle raises $6M to fight ‘Zoom fatigue and Slack overload’

Traders are betting that staff need a new method to share info throughout a company — each throughout the pandemic and after.

Seattle startup Voodle introduced a $6 million funding spherical led by Madrona Enterprise Group and Vulcan Capital, with participation from M12, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures.

Voodle places a brand new spin on office communication with its TikTok-like app meant to exchange lengthy video calls or text-based notes with bite-sized selfie-oriented video clips.

The corporate launched earlier this year with a singular backstory. Lots of its workers beforehand labored collectively at Pixvana, which constructed immersive video enhancing software program and raised $20 million. Pixvana shuttered towards the tip of 2019 after struggling to realize traction for its augmented/digital actuality platform.

Voodle was born after CEO Forest Key and different Pixvana execs noticed a possibility to use social-based communication kinds at work.

The video clips are searchable and channel based mostly. They arrive with transcriptions and might be shared by way of different office apps reminiscent of Hubspot or Salesforce, which simply announced its plan to accumulate Slack.

Corporations reminiscent of Thriller, Leasable, Killer Visible Methods, Loopie and others are utilizing Voodle.

The app — obtainable on iOS, Android, and on the net — was created earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but it surely may show to be way more helpful with the shift to distant work.

“Our early use cases are all about helping teams that have gone remote and are suffering from Zoom fatigue and Slack overload,” Key stated. “Companies and employees everywhere are in search of the right remote work tech stack which requires tools that offer more efficient ways of staying connected and aligned.”

Voodle CEO Forest Key.

What occurs to Voodle in a post-pandemic world stays to be seen. A current McKinsey report discovered that greater than 20% of the workforce may very well be simply as efficient working remotely three-to-five days per week than they might be on the workplace each day. Different surveys discover little-to-no change in productiveness from distant staff.

Tech giants reminiscent of Google, Fb, and others are permitting staff to remain dwelling till subsequent summer season. Some corporations together with Microsoft are rolling out hybrid workplace models that blend distant work with an precise workplace.

“While people will certainly head back to offices after all the dust has settled, remote work and hybrid models are here to stay — and Voodle is the perfect solution to keep teams happy, productive and in sync,” Key stated.

One other new Seattle startup called Spot can be leaping on the alternative introduced by distant work with software program that acts as a “home base” for colleagues. Spot is led by founders from Outreach, the billion-dollar Seattle-based enterprise gross sales software program startup.

Voodle has 15 workers and plans to double its headcount with the recent money.

The traders who participated within the $6 million spherical all beforehand backed Pixvana.

“We see Voodle as a new business tool that’s effortlessly integrated into the everyday workflow,” Tim Porter, managing director at Madrona Enterprise Group, stated in a press release. “It’s simple and effective – but, as importantly, it’s also fun to use.”

Different former Pixvana execs now serving to lead Voodle embrace CFO Lisa Ryan Tripathi; CMO Tamara Turner; and Beverly Vessella, head of product.

Pixvana co-founders Scott SquiresBill Hensler, and Sean Safreed should not concerned with Voodle.

Based in 2015, Pixvana had shifted from focusing on customers to an enterprise focus by way of VR training services.

Key, a former chief at Microsoft and Adobe, beforehand sold Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq to Priceline in 2014.

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