A wave of Digitech innovations is transforming the African continent while offering homegrown solutions to Africa’s unique problems. Increased penetration in digital literacy accompanied by increased support funding for early-stage ventures has created an explosion in entrepreneurial innovations that simplify the lives of consumers and SMEs.
Described as a homegrown “version of Zoom,” South African video calling startup Room offers a better way of taking online meetings by offering a collaborative meeting space rather than a simple virtual call.
A collaborative workspace one can take notes, share diagrams, take minutes, upload pictures, annotating documents, brainstorm ideas and share code, and a lot more on a whiteboard. Greatly improving the quality of the online meetings
- No installation required, instead, its a one-click connect.
- Works on computer and smartphone
- Able to hold recurrent meetings and kick-off where you last left.
According to ITWeb Room.sh has over 50,000 active monthly users globally. The startup aims to compete with Microsoft and Zoom, as it records over 100,000 video calls made per month.
Room was introduced in 2019 by the co-founders of SkillUp Tutors, an e-learning platform. The team is made up of the CEO Matthew Henshall, Head of Product Andrew Cowley, CTO Federico Lorenzi, and engineer Ken Hawkings.
It was first developed as a free platform for testing their e-learning software. In 2019, it averaged 5000 South African monthly users. Now it has over 50,000 average monthly users which are impressive. Room.sh has both free and paid services.
In 2018, SkillUp Tutors received investment from local VC firm Knife Capital for their thesis aiming to expand online education technology.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, tech giants have witnessed a steady growth in their video software services as more people make the transition to home-based remote working.