Gather raised $26M led by Sequoia Capital for Virtual HQS

The service has quietly acquired over 4 million clients over the past few months as remote staff searches for new methods to collaborate, and at this time, money from the same prestigious Silicon Valley firm that has funded Zoom and Slack. Phillip Wang, the CEO of Gather, reports that his company has secured $26 million in a Series A round-headed by Sequoia Capital. YC Continuity, Index, and angel investors, including Dylan Subject, Jeff Weiner, and Kevin Hartz, are among the other buyers.

Wang claims that the start-up’s goal, which he founded with friends after they had received degrees from Carnegie Mellon, is clear-cut: Pay special attention to providing for its most loyal customers, introduce customizing features to make virtual places seem comfortable, and recruit a ton of programmers. The 37-person team includes built-in elements to encourage spontaneity, such as “shoulder faucets” to prompt a co-worker to communicate or pool tables where employees may gather and start a virtual game of pool.

Wang claims that the start-up’s mission, which he founded with pals after they had received degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon, is straightforward: Hire a lot of developers, concentrate on supporting its most loyal customers, and provide customizing features to make virtual places seem comfortable.

We are a lot more comprehensive communication platform that will be utilized for everything, but we are largely relying on the virtual HQ [use case] right now, according to Wang. The 37-person team includes built-in spontaneity-promoting tools like “shoulder taps” that encourage colleagues to converse or pool tables where people may gather and start a virtual game of pool.

The platform also uses spatial audio technology, common in video games, to give users the impression that they are colliding with one another. Thanks to technology, you can hear someone’s speech louder while you are close to them and softer as you go away. Wang claims that because existing solutions didn’t integrate well with spatial technology, the company created its video-conferencing system from the ground up.

Wang refused to mention any difficulties the business was currently facing, asserting that every start-up must cope with issues. Still no (virtual) fires.

Gather strives to make it easier for customers to reproduce their homes or offices in real life by enabling greater customization on its platform. Corgis, jack-o-lanterns, and this reporter’s addition of floor plants were all visible during the workplace tour.

The platform also uses spatial audio technology, common in video games, to give users the impression that they are colliding with one another. In essence, the technology enables users to hear someone’s speech stronger while they are close by and softer when they walk away. Because other systems didn’t integrate well with spatial technology, it created its video-conferencing system from the ground up. Particularly Sequoia assisted Unity, the maker of gaming engines, in developing their unconventional business strategy. The company Gather raised a $26 million Series A financing headed by Sequoia Capital. YC Continuity, Index, and angel investors, including Dylan Field, Jeff Weiner, and Kevin Hartz, are among other investors.