All over the world startups are piling into the area marked “digital interplay and collaboration”. What if a startup created a type of ‘Club Penguin for adults’?
Step ahead Cosmos Video, which has a digital venues platform that enables folks to work, hang around and socialize collectively. It has now raised $2.6m in seed funding LocalGlobe with participation from Entrepreneur First, Andy Chung and Phillip Moehring (AngelList), and Omid Ashtari (former President of Citymapper).
Founders Rahul Goyal and Karan Baweja beforehand led product groups at Citymapper and TransferWise respectively.
Cosmos permits customers to create digital venues by combining sport mechanics with video chat. The thought is to carry again the sorts of serendipitous interactions we used to have in the actual world. You select an avatar, then meet up with their colleagues or pals inside a browser-based sport. As you progress your avatars nearer to 1 one other individual you may video chat with them, as you would possibly in actual life.
The competitors is the incumbent video conferencing platforms equivalent to Zoom and Microsoft Teams, however calls on these platforms have a set agenda, and are timeboxed – they’re inflexible and repetitive. On Cosmos you sit on the display and eat one video name after one other as you progress across the area, so it’s mimicking serendipity, after a vogue.
As properly as having a social utility, workplace colleagues can work collaboratively on instruments equivalent to whiteboards, Google paperwork and Figma; play digital board video games or collect round a desk to speak.
Cosmos is presently being utilized in non-public beta by a choose group of firms to host their places of work and for social occasions equivalent to Christmas events. Others are utilizing it to host occasions, meetup teams and household gatherings.
Co-founder Rahul Goyal stated in a press release: “Once the pandemic hit, we each noticed productiveness surge in our respective groups however on the similar time, folks had been lacking the in-office tradition. Video conferencing platforms present an ideal service in relation to conferences, however they lack spontaneity. Cosmos is a option to carry again that human connection we lack once we spend all day on-line, by offering a digital world the place you may play a sport of trivia or pong after work with colleagues or collect spherical a desk to have fun a buddy’s birthday.”
George Henry, accomplice, LocalGlobe: “We had been actually impressed with the imaginative and prescient and potential of Cosmos. Scaling reside experiences on-line is without doubt one of the massive web frontiers the place there are nonetheless so many alternatives. Now that the video infrastructure is in place, we consider merchandise like Cosmos will allow new types of reside on-line experiences.”