TL;DR: We’ve built Remotion, a video workspace that helps remote teams move faster and feel connected. Along with our $13M fundraise from Greylock, First Round and other friends, we’re excited to announce that Remotion is available to any macOS user.
People thrive when they can live and work on their own terms
This shared belief is the foundation for our team and product. For me and many first-generation immigrants, it represents the ideal of doing our best work without being uprooted from family and community. For my cofounder Charley, the belief comes from seeing his mother’s career reset each time the family moved—how do we make that a thing of the past?
Charley and I met in college and went to work at Google (Charley was a technical lead) and Dropbox (I was a product manager). Then, in 2019, we decided to join forces. The one catch: Charley was moving to Chicago. Against all advice, we’d be cofounding remotely.
A question of culture
We wanted to build a fast-moving, close-knit team. But countless leaders warned us that remote teams miss the speed and energy of spontaneously talking live—a core part of how teams ideate, help each other, and build relationships. Instead, remote communication gets bogged down in text messaging and scheduled meetings. Often, embracing remote is a last-resort.
The data bears this out. Before the pandemic, the FYI 2019 Remote Work Report found that the biggest challenges for fully remote workers are communication, social opportunities and loneliness & isolation.
Fascinatingly, NBER data months into the pandemic shows that teams tried to bridge the distance by sending more emails—but that didn’t last.
Instead, there’s a now desire to talk more frequently for less time: teams are meeting 13% more often, for 20% less time. That’s a step in the direction of more fluid conversation, but we’re not there yet: the average meeting is still 48 minutes long.
Remotion was born out of our belief that if teams can unlock live conversation and bridge the distance with frequent face-to-face connections, they can move faster, be more creative, and build stronger relationships. Our goal was to help a second, larger wave of teams embrace remote work.
We obviously had no idea how that wave would be accelerated in 2020.
Remotion is a video workspace designed for a faster, more connected way of working remotely.
Your teammates and their availability are in a lightweight dock on the side of your screen. That way you can glance over at a teammate and instantly talk live—instead of typing or scheduling a meeting.
Remotion takes the guesswork out of whether it’s a good time to talk. Set yourself to “Open to talk” when you want to spark spontaneous conversation, or protect and celebrate your focus time with “Focusing.”
Our Google Calendar integration automatically shows your team when you’re busy and when you’re next free. Remotion also shows you in conversation, so others can see and ask to join.
Talking in Remotion is light and informal. Calls start with a click and your video stays small in the Remotion dock instead of covering the work on your screen. It’s easy to loop others in or break out into smaller conversations, and share your screen.
Lastly, rather than having your name and just a green dot next it, Remotion lets you express your personality and have some fun through daily selfies which you can update with a click.
Thanks to our team and backers
Our team works from 8 cities, 4 continents and 5 time zones, hailing from companies like Google, Dropbox, Evernote and Microsoft. We’re also hiring! Check out our open roles or email firstname.lastname@example.org with something about yourself.
We’re lucky to have backers like Sarah at Greylock, who led our $10.4M Series A, and Phin at First Round who led our $2.6M seed. We also have an accomplished group of angel investors like Charlie Cheever (cofounder of Quora & Expo), Dom Hofmann (cofounder of Vine & Byte), Nate Mitchell (cofounder of Oculus), and Steve Chen (cofounder of YouTube).
Give Remotion a try!
Back in January we began alpha testing Remotion with teams around the world and across industries. It’s been inspiring to see such diverse teams creating a culture of talking live: BugHerd (Australia), Front (US), Uzabase (Japan), the Singaporean Government, and Codestates (Korea) are just a few organizations using Remotion every day, saying things like:
Since COVID-19, we’ve onboarded 3 new people. I don't think their integration into the team would have been anywhere near as smooth without the easy, ad hoc conversation that Remotion enables. - Richard O’Brien Head of Product, BugHerd
We’re excited that Remotion is now available to all macOS users in beta. Windows & Linux are coming soon (sign up for early access). Whether you’ve always been distributed or are leading a team that’s beginning to embrace remote work, we’d love to hear your feedback. Get started at https://remotion.com.