Virtual Taking Center Stage

Mar 25 · 3 min read

by Shira Averbuch | 2020–03–25

How a global challenge can hyper-charge market innovation

As we all adjust to recent changes in the way we live, interact and work, it’s clear that technology has become even more essential than ever. With more of the labor force working from home, an increase in virtual happy hours and live events moving online, video conferencing systems are taking center stage.

With great challenge, often comes great growth. Analysts from the research firm IDC note that the recent global situation may have accelerated the digital collaboration and communication market by seven years. While we’ve all heard about the growth of some of the big players — Zoom’s rising valuation ($29B), Microsoft Teams increased usage (44M daily active users) — new players in the virtual event and collaboration space continue to emerge and impress. We conducted a deep dive into 3 stand-out, emerging technologies you should know about. — Crowdcast was built to support interactive live conversations at scale. Its simple and easy-to-use platform is great for virtual conferences, webinars, community Q&As and more.

Best Uses: Live classes; webinars; events

Differentiating Features: Intuitive user interface; question section with live upvoting; multi-stream capabilities to stream from Facebook, YouTube, etc.

Pricing Model: Monthly subscription packages (cost varies based on size/scope of needs)

Run the World platform

Run the World — Run the World allows users to host meetups, live panels, forums and even hackathons, all through its engaging mobile-friendly platform. Well-backed (Andreessen) with an impressive array of formats and tools.

Best Uses: Networking; multi-faceted live events; community engagement events

Differentiating Features: Seamless event creation, invitation and ticketing experience; broad feature set (panel, fireside chat, ask me anything, cocktail hour); direct one-on-one networking experience

Pricing Model: Percentage of ticket sales for ticketed events and $5/guest for free events

Sceenic — Previously positioned as a watch together cloud technology, Sceenic is a white label service provider with several new features supporting live, virtual and dynamic collaboration.

Best Uses: Highly collaborative team meetings and projects; collaborative content viewing and reviewing

Differentiating Features: Can host up to 20 people on camera; collaborative annotation directly on documents/presentations; breakout (virtual) rooms

Pricing Mode: Cost per minute of consumption

As virtual connection and collaboration become more necessary, they also become more nuanced. Whether you’re hosting an educational session for a wide audience or working within a small team to fine-tune a report, your tech can and should match your full set of needs. Interested in learning more about how VentureFuel assesses emerging tech to provide structured recommendations and resources for corporations? Email us at


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