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Apps in Zoom

Today I’m excited to share something I’ve be working on since I joined Zoom to lead Product integrations. This morning at our annual conference Zoomtopia, we launched Zapps — which enables 3rd party developers to create and distribute apps that enrich the Zoom experience and enhance the meeting workflow to increase productivity before, during and after a meeting.

Over 35 launch partners are building Zapps, including Asana, Atlassian, Box, Cameo, Coda, Coursera, Chorus, Docket, Dot Collector, Dropbox, Exer, Gong, Hubspot, Kahoot, Kaltura, LoomieLive, LucidSpark, Miro, Mural, PagerDuty, Pitch, Remix Labs, Rev, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Slack, Slido, Superhuman, SurveyMonkey, Thrive Global, Unsplash, Woven, Wrike, WW and Zendesk.

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Illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg

A shorter version was first published as an Op-Ed in the Palo Alto Weekly:

How a community comes together in a crisis defines how it thrives in better times. I’ve had the good fortune of volunteering with Frontline Foods, which helps save restaurants and their jobs, and feeds the frontlines impacted by the crisis. Inspired by my wife and working with Palo Alto restaurants, I came to realize how essential they are to my hometown.

Nationally, over 50% of restaurants will not survive COVID-19. 25% of the currently unemployed come from the restaurant industry. Most restaurants had to lay off 95% of their staff and shift to take-out and delivery only, while the industry trend of aggregators like DoorDash take a untenable 30% cut into their margin. The industry is the second largest employer, employs more minority managers than any other, with 90% of those managers getting their first job at a restaurant. …

Most of today’s entrepreneurs haven’t been through a recession. Coronavirus is indeed a Black Swan event, where new risks present challenges and opportunities. Here’s a simple visual way to consider these risks and actions to take.

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Every startup requires the supply of goods, services and labor. The Coronavirus business impact began as a manufacturing and supply chain shock. But as containment failed, supply issues are spreading to the service sector, and the supply of labor is at risk. Consider alternative methods of supply, receiving services and remote work. And make the hard cost-cutting changes early for a pathway to profitability.


You can make it through a recession if your customers keep buying. …


Ross Mayfield

CEO & Co-founder of Pingpad. Previously LinkedIn, SlideShare, Socialtext, RateXchange. Husband of Leila Al-Shamari, and Father.

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