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Experimenting a virtual co-working concept on Pragli

Hi, Taishi here. How have you been?

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to launch a startup in Vancouver.

And the idea I am thinking of is the “virtual co-working space” concept.

I am validating this idea with a platform called Pragli as an MVP.

Because of COVID-19, I feel there are so many chat platforms are coming to the market.

This is some example.

All of these look so fun and interesting!

I wanna build an online community tool

I love making a place you can belong to online such as a social network service.

I think Pragli is very good, it’s a great tool for work just like Slack, but with game-like avatars to show off the users and create a more community feel.

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Pragli is progressive

On the other hand, as you can see when you use it, it’s quite quirky. For example, when you enter a room, the microphone automatically turns to sound. Why, in my case, I had to go to the trouble of manually setting it to Mute every time. I think most people are still resistant to having their sound leaking out to the other person all the time or something like that. Even in a real coworking space, just because you walk into a certain room doesn’t mean you’re always going to talk to the people in there.

Pragli is pretty unique.

It’s a challenge to get users to keep the app open at all times as you can imagine…

I keep the Pragli desktop app open all the time.

That’s how I’ve noticed that the app is pretty heavy. That makes my PC run slow. I wish it was as light as Discord or Telegram.

I had a fun experience with the virtual co-working space

On the other hand, it was a lot of fun to video chat with people I barely know.

Coworking space is a space where you see people every day but you’ve never talked to them before, so I think it was fun to realize that at Pragli this time as well.

I had a late-night video chat with them. It was fun.

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Some people said that just displaying the avatars of people online gave them a sense of security, like a sense of security that people were there, and they liked that kind of loose atmosphere.

I agree with that.

I came up with the idea of a virtual co-working space in the first place because I was always working from home and I was lonely, lol.

Even if you don’t talk to each other, just knowing that someone else is there can be comforting and inspire you to do your best.

That’s what I felt strongly in this Pragli experiment.

One more week for the experiment

Here is the invitation link for our Pragli!

https://pragli.com/team/virtual-coworking-space/-MHPW5oMkut4w2p8qLN4

Please feel free to talk to me when you join it👨‍🎤

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