Rewatch Wants to Reshape How We Do Video Calls and Meetings

January 7, 2021

Zoom fatigue is real, although frankly, we’re tired of hearing people say that.

Zoom or Google Hangouts or whatever you use for your video calls is necessary these days with the pandemic happening and remote work on the rise.

There are a lot of startups trying to be the next Zoom, and Rewatch is one of them.  They want to make the use of video meetings and calls in a company or organization more efficient in terms of the time spent and the people on the video calls.

What does the Rewatch product do?
Rewatch automatically transcribes your videos and makes it searchable and organized.  It’s arranged all in one place kind of like a mini-YouTube channel.

The transcription is powered by an AI speech engine that’s been trained on 50,000+ hours of human-transcribed content from wide ranging topics, industries, and accents, according to the company’s website.

Idea was born at GitHub
Rewatch was co-founded by Connor Sears and Scott Goldman – Sears had the idea for Rewatch when he was an employee at GitHub.

GitHub has a fully distributed team and created an internal YouTube channel to enable employees across time zones to work with one another. Rewatch is trying to replicate that successful internal GitHub product and bring it to the masses.

$2M pre-seed financing
According to an article in TechCrunch, Rewatch has raised a $2 million pre-seed round led by Semil Shah at Haystack and including Kent Goldman at Upside Partnership, Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia, GitHub CTO Jason Warner and SVP of Zendesk Jason Smale.

It would be great to see a video call product that could get rid of all of the muted “floating heads” on the typical video call and instead have access to a product that people actually want to use on their own terms.

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