Owl Labs

Santo Politi
Apr 17 · 2 min read

I am very happy to announce our investment in Owl Labs.

If you were in our Boston conference room a few years ago, you would have seen at least six cameras around the round the room, cables hanging all over the place and a matrix switcher towards the end of the table. Our receptionist would have set you down at a very specific seat and made sure you had your laptop down just so.

I worked the matrix switch. Our meetings in theory looked like “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” — a bunch of talking heads, the active camera is on the active speaker. I would zoom in and out to the room when it made sense, mix in 2 or 3 people to the frame during a discussion. I am surprised that I did not get kicked out of the building for my little experiment that went on for too long.

Video conferencing has been a central part of our daily work at Spark. It became an acute problem, when we added a third office and remote workers. This is the same problem most companies experience every day. I have been on a quest to make it better for us and went to extremes.

Setup and tear down of meetings, connecting laptops to presentations, inviting external users was always a problem. Fortunately Zoom came along just in time.

The much harder problem is to make your co-workers thousands of miles away feel as if they are in the same room with you having a productive conversation. That is the holy grail.

Owl Labs is a dream come true. It is an awesome product that provides an amazing experience across your choice of video conferencing system and so much more. I am looking forward to working with a team of people who felt the same pain I did so much so that they started a company, built an amazing product and already brought much joy to many.

I looked for a photo of the room, instead I found a drawing that I had emailed to our IT person before we bought all the equipment.

Spark Capital

Spark Capital is an early and growth stage venture capital firm. We partner with exceptional founders and the products they design.

Santo Politi

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Spark Capital

Spark Capital is an early and growth stage venture capital firm. We partner with exceptional founders and the products they design.

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