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ByteDance, has ambitions to follow in the footsteps of Meta & grab a piece of the nascent market for AR&VR. 2020, when Meta launched its Quest 2 VR headset, ByteDance worked on AR glasses & in Apr-2021 bought Chinese VR headset developer Pico for $1.28Bn, outbidding Tencent (WeChat). So far, ByteDance struggled to make Pico a force in VR. Pico’s 2021 shipments turned out to be just 510k units (market share of 4.7%), compared to the market leader Meta with 81% (according to IDC).
Dropbox dropbox.com @Dropbox (acquired HelloSign) Dropbox for Business helps companies seamlessly collaborate with secure file sharing, access from anywhere, & robust admin controls. Building a metaverse:
“Our strength is in content so helping get your stuff into that virtual world. So making what document or presentation you want to give… the infrastructure that we’ve built make that happen. So we’re certainly integrating with the metaverse,” said Houston. “We want to help you get your stuff in and out of the metaverse from your Dropbox into the metaverse and vice versa, so creating that experience where everybody could be in the same virtual room and everybody could be seeing the same content.”
Dropbox for Business (DocSend docsend.com) San Francisco, CA, US. Acquired HelloSign hellosign.com @HelloSign Simplifying work for the businesses of tomorrow: We are HelloSign, HelloFax & HelloWorks. 10-Mar-2021, Dropbox acquired DocSend for $165M. DocSend docsend.com @DocSend helps customers share & track documents by sending a secure link instead of an attachment.
engageVR engagevr.io @vreducation immersivevreducation.com Immersive VR Education, creators of the ENGAGE virtual communications platform are developing a business metaverse #ENGAGEOasis set to launch in 2022. ENGAGE Oasis aims to be the LinkedIn of the metaverse. VR Education, the team behind the virtual education & training platform ENGAGE, announced a new addition to its growing ecosystem of virtual communication solutions, ENGAGE Oasis. Launching H1 2022, this corporate metaverse serves as a virtual meeting ground for businesses, professionals, & students looking to sell their products or services while developing key business relationships remotely anywhere. The VR platform is designed for corporate use, allowing everyone, from large to smaller operations, the opportunity to expand their user base by providing various remote services in immersive VR. IMMERSIVE VR EDUCATION LIMITED, Waterford, Munster, IE (Ireland)
Filo filo.co @meetfilo collaborative platform for virtual events, meetings & teams. Provider of flexible virtual spaces for collaborative teams, meetings & events. Flexible platform for virtual events, meetings & teams. Built on the video conferencing platform Zoom. Integrates directly with Zoom so you can scale your virtual event, meeting or team to any size while still delivering the best quality audio & video experience. Brings teams together with virtual spaces for many sales gatherings. The sales process has changed in the virtual & hybrid world. With Filo Virtual Sales Hub, you do more than Zoom. You drive business. Give your team the space they need to succeed. Filo Software, Inc., a High Alpha company @highalpha: Venture studio that creates and invests in B2B SaaS companies. Indianapolis, IN, USA & Remote
Gather gather.town @gather_town Video chat in 2D customizable spaces. Virtual spaces for more meaningful human connections. Create a space for your community. Better spaces to
gather around. Spend time with your friends, coworkers, and communities like you would in real life. “Gather for work” remote work features. Gather App. Gather Presence Inc. San Bruno, California, United States
Hoppin’ World hoppin.world/business/ @HoppinVr THE FUTURE OF REMOTE GROUP TELEPRESENCE: Want to meet remotely in real world locations? Allow your prospects, clients & collaborators to get a live face-to-face guided tour of your real world location without anyone needing to be physically present. Avoid unnecessary travel, saving time & money with our VRaaS Platform. Remote group telepresence into real world locations using 360videos. Upgrade the way you do business with Hoppin’. Hoppin’ World Ltd. Montreal, Canada
Meta meta.com @meta (Metaverse, Oculus / Reality Labs / Project Cambria / Meta Quest Pro / Workplace by Facebook, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc) Workplace – marketed as Workplace from Facebook & formerly Workplace by Facebook: An online collaborative software tool developed by Meta Platforms. Menlo Park, California, USA
Microsoft microsoft.com @microsoft getting into the metaverse & its corporate version of the metaverse via Microsoft Teams & rolling out updates to Xbox consoles: Collectively known as Mesh: Combines the mixed-reality capabilities of Microsoft Mesh, people in different locations join collaborative & shared holographic experiences, with productivity tools of Microsoft Teams, where people can join virtual meetings, send chats, collaborate on shared documents etc. “Microsoft Forms New Team to Target ‘Industrial Metaverse’”, 12-Oct-2022:
“[…] Microsoft internally announced the formation of a new team, Industrial Metaverse Core, that plans to help customers create immersive new software interfaces for operating the industrial control systems behind electrical power plants, industrial robotics and transportation networks. […]”
Microsoft has Loop as a Notion clone for Office:
“The Fluid Framework is coming to life as Microsoft Loop, a new Microsoft 365 application that takes collaboration beyond the traditional document”
Microsoft makes SharePoint, Microsoft CRM Dynamics 365, Microsoft Azure the cloud computing service, owns Yammer / Skype / LinkedIn (
PointDrive) PointDrive acquired by LinkedIn 26-Jul-2016 / LinkedIn Learning. 3-May-2012, LinkedIn acquired professional content sharing platform SlideShare for $119M. 8-Dec-2016, Microsoft & LinkedIn announced that Microsoft’s $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn, the social networking site, officially closed. 11-Aug-2020, LinkedIn sold the presentation-sharing service scribd scribd.com @Scribd Scribd Inc. began operating the SlideShare slideshare.net @SlideShare business on 24-Sep-2020.
Questmate questmate.com @QuestmateApp No Code. Making work simple, rewarding & consistent. For any recurring tasks / work with multiple steps. Define a specific reward / incentive to be paid out / accessed right at the end of the workflow / job / task. In that sense almost a NoCode Smart Contract. Engaging Workflows. For teams of any type, size & mission. Team onboarding, training, tasks, etc. The simplicity of to-do lists with straightforward guidance & powerful integrations of external systems & applications. Enabling you to build empowering workflows that connect the what to the how. Also perfect for Customer Onboarding, Staff Onboarding & Surveys. Register for BETA access. Avalon Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia. (Full disclosure: I’m an angel investor)
Sciolytix sciolytix.com @sciolytix revolutionizing the way organizations onboard & develop people, & align training with performance. Through experiential learning & predictive analytics, we’re changing the way organizations onboard & develop people, & align training with performance. UPtick Sales Simulation Training Ecosystem: Unlock the power of immersive 3D simulations for all organizations to train & develop their sales teams. UPtick: The Practice Simulator for Salespeople: 3D immersive simulations & analytics to onboard & develop salespeople more effectively. Enables reps to practice the real-life customer interactions they face. Like playing a video game, reps work their way through challenging scenarios & receive consistent, expert feedback from UPtick’s virtual coach. Simulators are effective tools for developing mission-critical skills: Challenging, engaging video game-like experience applied to sales training. Creates an emotional connection to training content that drives repetition. Extensive simulation library, fully customizable to your selling situation. Founded 1998. New York, NY, USA
Vidinoti vidinoti.com @Vidinoti User-friendly platform to create, deploy & manage localised Augmented Reality content. Implementation of solutions in AR & VR for events & expos / trade shows. Enterprises can benefit from AR to better train & onboard their employees & reduce maintenance & intervention costs thanks to immersive manuals & AR-based remote assistance. Augment your content with more engaging content, in just a few clicks & track the popularity of articles via analytics dashboards. Create & deploy AR-based interaction & tours using Vidinoti’s CMS. That content can then be easily accessed using an installed mobile app. Switzerland. 17-Jun-2021, Bigtincan @bigtincan Australian sales enablement vendor acquired 100% of Switzerland-based tech company Vidinoti SA for roughly $770k in cash & shares. The Swiss acquisition specialises in augmented & virtual reality systems: Suite of tools to create, deploy & manage augmented reality content including V-Director, V-Player & the Vidinoti SDK.
VRtuoso formerly vrtuoso.io @VRtuosoGlobal now aruvr.com & @ARuVRGlobal turnkey XR learning solution for Enterprise training. Trusted by 1m+ users worldwide. Say “Yes” to ARuVR. PowerPoint + Webex for VR & much more!” Making VR-based enterprise learning & marketing a reality for all. Immerse. Experience. Enjoy. Creating VR content-based presentations, training & any immersive experiences has never been easier. Presenters can rapidly create slides with 360° & 2D content, like video, images, text, shapes & polls. PowerPoint for VR & much more! TOGETHER WITH OUR ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS & RESELLERS WE MARKET & SUPPORT WORLDWIDE VR / AR ENTERPRISE’S ROLLOUTS AT SCALE. Enterprise product to create VR presentations in-house. VR live content creation, real-time guided content consumption & live VR streaming platform over 5G network for enterprise rollouts at scale. Available as either Cloud or private On-Premise SaaS – enables any in-house team to quickly & easily create & deliver real-time, guided, on- & off-line, immersive VR business presentations & interactive training experiences. During any meeting or training session with VRtuoso you can also interact, moderate & control what the audience views on either their VR headsets or personal devices in real time. Capture & create your own VR content & use rich content libraries. 500k+ stock VR images & videos & 5k+ stock 2D vector icons & shapes that can build or enhance your virtual experiences. Designed for people who aren’t VR experts, with near zero learning curve: VR learning product for enterprise rollouts at scale. London, England, United Kingdom VRTUOSO LIMITED Company number 11512819 – USA – ITALY. In 2022 they rebranded to ARuVR (Are you VR?) aruvr.com & @ARuVRGlobal XR Enterprise Training Platform. ARuVR Ltd.
Vuframe vuframe.com @Vuframe VUFRAME sales enablement platform that helps you present your products using 3D, augmented & virtual reality. Provides web-based platform to create enriched, sharable Augmented & Virtual Reality experiences & apps online – on any device. Ingest many types of files & online content & publish it once to many types of devices & formats. Simultaneously supports 3D, AR & VR and offers a great on-boarding with lots of templates & examples. It is not a gimmick – you benefit from real-world use cases. Pay as you go for their off-the-rack templates which neither require tech or coding resources nor R&D effort or risk for the user. Vuframe GmbH. Regensburg, Germany
Wonda VR wondavr.com @wonda_vr Creative Learning & Collaboration Solutions. We design intuitive tools & robust solutions to make the most of emerging VR, AR & MR technologies. Wonda VR Spaces, is an all-in-one Web application to create & share immersive learning & discovery experiences on all platforms. In 5 years, our solutions have been chosen by 10k+ creators, educators & communicators working for top brands & institutions such as Salesforce, EY, VMware, NYU, Parsons or Harvard University. Brooklyn, NY, USA. Paris, France, Wonda VR, Inc.
AvayaLive Engage conferencing in 3D environments with spatial audio for meetings, training, sales & support. Collaborative browsing & presenting marketing material in on-demand, web-based, immersive collaboration environments. I worked on this at Nortel Networks when it was Nortel’s so called web.alive application: 3D spatial audio: Proximity based audio means “walking” away from others lets their voice get softer & therefore allows for break-out sessions.
Overall my count of Sales Enablement software has over 186 relevant vendors.