It may be hard to imagine now, but there was a time not so long ago that video conferencing required expensive, complicated equipment, a ton of bandwidth… and patience. Lots and lots of patience.
That’s because the video feed was often unreliable, it was difficult to join from multiple locations and the resulting experience was often plagued by dropped connections, fuzzy pictures or people who moved on the screen in what resembled jerky, stop-motion animation.
“We promised if they fixed all of that, people would start to use it, and now we’re seeing an absolute explosion in the market of people taking these apps into the workplace and actually using them,” said David Maldow (pictured), founder and chief executive officer of Let’s Do Video, a firm which covers the video collaboration and business team workflow space. “Now it’s available for everyone and it was just a matter of whether we’re ready for it. It appears that we are.”