At my last company, Tempo AI, I had an HQ in the Bay Area and a partially distributed team across some of the US and in other countries like Argentina and India. After our acquisition by Salesforce, and after I had left, I would periodically check in with my former remote teammates. They expressed that they were feeling “out of the loop,” having to travel to a Salesforce office monthly to feel connected to their new team.
To address this at Tempo, we would ship a second device to each team member. We ran a 24/7 video Hangout at the office and all those remote or working from home were encouraged to sign-in. Although there was some angst initially in joining a video watercooler during the workday, team members grew to love it. We felt connected as if we were all working side-by-side. As the team grew, this became harder to scale — our perched office laptop was replaced by a TV on wheels and with 15 team members sometimes remote, everyone was effectively muted, mitigating the benefit.
Recognizing that there must be a better way to make teams feel more connected, my Co-founders and I started Loop Team. We built and accelerated Loop Team with Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and are focused on reimagining the best parts of working in an office together for your distributed team.
Loop Team’s approach is based on our collective previous experiences, hundreds of user interviews with remote workers, reviewing volumes of research and collecting survey data from distributed teams. Even alongside heavyweights such as Slack and Zoom, data shows significant pains with remote work including a lack of: casual interaction, reduced communication and collaboration and increased feelings of loneliness.
Loop Team is focused on solving these unique remote work challenges. We believe that the best way for a team to stay connected is through more real-time communication and the best way to foster more communication is via rich presence that makes it feel like you’re working with your teammates right by your side. This is why with Loop Team, we have made “presence” a key part of our experience, beyond other virtual office platforms, focusing on features that replicate the best parts of working in a physical office.
Other research that we have leaned on shows that the best performing distributed teams have bursts of rapid-fire communications and that deep work is better suited to calendars that follow an office-hours model. This virtual mode of working is much more representative of how folks work when in an office — meetings, followed by flow time with spontaneous ad-hoc interruption.
To support these trends and the future of remote work, we built Loop Team and today, myself along with my co-founders Jag Srawan and Rolf Rando, are excited to share that we are officially launching Loop Team 1.0 for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android! We are reimagining the best parts of the office environment to address specific pain-points with remote work and to show where we believe the future is going with remote work culture.
We are also announcing that we have raised $4.75 million in seed funding from ENIAC, Crosslink, Golden, Redpoint, Precursor and others to solve the future of remote work. We look forward to having you try Loop Team for your team please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.
You can watch a quick demo of Loop Team here.
Download Loop Team 1.0 for free.
Thank you for your support,
Raj and team