BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, #Warmly, Inc. announced the launch of #Warmly People Insights, a new app for Zoom delivering a seamless experience accessible within Zoom Meetings. This new in-product app type is now available to download in the Zoom App Marketplace, which hosts 1,400 third-party integrations that extend the power of Zoom's industry-leading video communications platform.
As Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees in enterprise technology, the #Warmly co-founders conceived their idea after moving to Boulder, CO, last year at the start of the pandemic to attend the Techstars accelerator. Within weeks, the entire country was under lockdown restrictions, work went virtual, and the #Warmly team thoroughly believed virtual meetings were the way of the future. After struggling to connect with users via back-to-back video calls--on sales meetings, on investor pitches, throughout Y Combinator’s summer 2020 cohort--leading to less camaraderie-building and more fatigue, #Warmly decided to do something about it.
The more they investigated the problems relating to remote connection, the more pervasive they seemed. #Warmly’s recent survey of 1,000 people on remote work revealed that many people are regularly stressed and underprepared for their Zoom meetings:
- 41% of people struggle to build connection and rapport when meeting people virtually.
- 61% of people spend more than half their workday in virtual meetings.
- 74% of people have found themselves researching a person while speaking to them.
- 74% of people have found themselves looking up how to pronounce someone’s name before a call.
- 73% of people say they are more likely to skip a second meeting with someone who didn't come prepared for the first one.
#Warmly provides key context on everyone you meet over Zoom. Features include extended bios of meeting participants, including LinkedIn, Twitter, company website, company org chart, latest news, etc.; auto-generated backgrounds to build rapport and stand out; fun icebreakers to help you start conversations over Zoom; and phonetic pronunciations and pronouns, so you always make the best first impression.
#Warmly CEO Max Greenwald believes the past 15 months of remote work has allowed for optionality, remote and hybrid offices that will allow people to reduce overhead costs and have flexibility with their time. "We solved a problem we were experiencing ourselves, which has become universal in a post-pandemic world," says Greenwald. "People have been struggling to connect with professionals virtually, and are exhausted by showing up underprepared to so many meetings. If 73% of people say they are more likely to skip a second meeting with someone who didn't come prepared for the first one, it’s imperative that we help people show up smart to their meetings."
“#Warmly helps busy folks show up prepared for every meeting,” says Ross Mayfield, Product Lead, Zoom Apps & Integrations, Zoom. “This is a great example of how Zoom Apps like #Warmly can help improve workflow.”
About Zoom Apps
In-product Zoom Apps enable a seamless experience for using your preferred apps within Zoom, before, during and after a meeting. Boost meeting productivity with apps for file sharing, project management, whiteboarding, and more. Zoom Apps inspire collaboration and foster engagement by enabling meeting participants to execute in real-time, and get more out of meetings.
#Warmly is an of-the-moment connection tool for 2021, helping users gain instant insights on customers, clients, prospects, and teammates right within Zoom. #Warmly’s free Zoom app shows you who you’re meeting with and what you need to know about them (e.g., their LinkedIn, Twitter, pronouns, how to pronounce their name and the org chart of their company.) Yep—anything, about anyone, any time, right in Zoom. #Warmly raised a seed round of $2.1M (Forbes article) in 2020 from James Currier @ NFX, Mike Vernal @ Sequoia, Harry Stebbings @ 20VC, Elizabeth Weil @ Scribble, Natty Zola @ Matchstick, and Gaurav Tuli @ F-Prime Capital.