- Weet allows the employees and teams to share self-created videos, audio for better collaboration among team members.
- Colgate-Palmolive is already using Weet within their internal units.
Najette Fellache came to the Bay Area a few years ago from Nantes, France. Little did she know that it would help her company grow which already counted major US corporations. These corporations include GE, Tesla, Amazon, and Medtronics as the company’s clients. Speach is a knowledge-sharing platform amongst the colleagues where the employees create their own videos to eliminate the written instructions. The idea behind Speach was to maximize learning quickly. The investors liked the idea and provided Speach with funding worth $14M.
Fellache found herself deeply interested in an internal project within the company after her daughter attended her classes remotely from home. Fellache says that her aha moment was when she saw her youngest kid draw a picture when he struggled to understand why her mother prioritized meetings over him. Many parents struggled to balance family and work-life while working remotely, last year. Fellache also managed to struggle to acquire a work-life balance while leading her company. But, she had access to engineers who can create a tool that would enable her and Speach teammates to create short videos to communicate important information. The recipient of the videos can view them at his convenience and save it for future reference.
About Weet’s investors:
The project has taken up some of the funding from Speach. Alven and Red River West, are the funds that Artemis co-manages Speach. Hence, Alven, Red River West, Artemis, Fellache, and her team of 10 employees launched Weet, the latest asynchronous video startup. Fellache is not the only person to identify the power of asynchronous meetings which is the most attractive alternative option for phone calls, real-time meetings, and emails.
Comparison with other similar tools:
When the textual information is to be conveyed, the meaning often gets lost and stands the chance of being misconstrued. Loom, another six-year-old enterprise collaboration video messaging service, lets the users send short videos of themselves. The company has raised $73M so far from the investors that include Sequoia, Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Coatue.
Another new release is SuperNormal which is a year old launch. It is Stockholm, Sweden-based work communication platform. It lets the user record the video of themselves as well as record screen activity so that the teams can create asynchronous videos around the day. SuperNormal has managed to raise $2M through seed funding led by EQT Ventures in December.
These platforms look at the situation as an opportunity if working remotely becomes the trend of the future. In addition to this, Weet is freely accessible on the browser using a browser extension. Next month, Weet has scheduled an integration with Slack and Microsoft Teams. Fellache says that the product is a better option compared to the tools available in the market currently.
Features of Weet:
Weet comes with facilities like instant recording, screen sharing, virtual backgrounds, video filters, emoji reactions, comment options, and auto transcription. For the premium version, the development team is trying to offer a feature where the user/team can organize the discussion. As far as privacy is concerned, Fellache hints at data management expertise that Speach developed over time. It also worked with clients like Colgate-Palmolive and Airbus who are extremely mindful of the privacy concerns. According to Fellache, Colgate-Palmolive units use Weet which follows the same privacy compliances.
Weet has a different marketing approach as well. Other tools allow the users to publish only one video at a time. But, as per Fellache, Weet is a conversational tool where team members and users can create the sections of the video back and forth, send feedback for the video, audio feedback, share the screen or reaction with the emoticons.
In other words, Weet enables the exchange of important information but invites broader interactions which strengthen the team relationships in the process. “It’s a discussion, not a transaction,” says Fellache, which is important according to her. According to Fellache’s experience, teams are increasingly scattered around the planet and open communication should be the focus to help the company and the team succeed.