Meet HUDDLE01, the Startup Building a Free, WEB3-Powered Alternative to Zoom

Built by Ayush Ranjan and Susmit Lavania, Huddle01 is a P2P (peer-to-peer) video calling and communications platform that does not rely on centralised servers. This allows it to achieve low latency and high performance.

Story by Rishabh Mansur, The Decrypting Story

Centralised, video conferencing platform Zoom has become infamous for its alleged privacy and security breaches, as well as ‘zoom-bombings’—a practice where hackers and pranksters crash into virtual meetings and post abusive messages.

Ayush Ranjan and Susmit Lavania found it ironic that blockchain and Web3 entrepreneurs and communities still used Zoom for meetings. Despite being proponents for decentralisation, Web3 communities were still meeting on a centralised virtual platform.

This inspired the duo (who hail from LNM Institute of Information Technology) to build a Web3-native real-time communication platform, which would be a decentralised, transparent, and secure alternative to Zoom.

As a result, video conferencing platform Huddle01 was formed.

Huddle is free to use, does not require any registration, and does not track user data. It also provides Web3-rich features such as token-gating, NFTs as profile pictures, decentralised storage for meeting recordings (on IPFS and Filecoin), decentralised live streaming (on Livepeer), and more.

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