Confrere, a video calling service designed particularly for professionals who want to carry on-line consultations or assembly with shoppers, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding.
Main the spherical is Berlin’s Level 9 Capital, with participation from Nordic Makers, The Nordic Internet Ventures, and Fathom Capital. Numerous angel buyers additionally took half within the spherical, together with Albert Armengo (the founding father of Doctoralia, sold to Docplanner), in addition to a variety of physicians who’re customers of the product.
Notably, Confrere was co-founded by CEO Svein Yngvar Willassen, who beforehand based and headed up appear.in, one other video calling service however one designed for staff collaboration. The startup’s different co-founders are CTO Dag-Inge Aas and CPO Ida Aalen.
“I knew from my time with seem.in that conferences between professionals and their shoppers have been a special use case than staff conferences,” Yngvar Willassen tells me. “Seem.in and different present video instruments don’t serve that use case effectively. I discovered that it could most likely be higher to make a brand new service for this”.
That’s as a result of a typical skilled receives many shopper calls after one other, and this additionally makes it awkward to make use of typical room-based methods like Zoom or seem.in. “As well as, after all, needing to obtain and set up an utility is out of the query. It must run within the browser, additionally on cell phones,” says the Confrere CEO.
To that finish, Confrere’s UX is tailor-made for professional-client calls, and allows professionals to obtain a number of shoppers after one another with out the chance of shoppers bumping into one another. It really works within the browser on Android and iPhone; you merely ship a hyperlink or add a button to your web site to start out receiving calls. As well as, Confrere gives an API that makes it straightforward for different SaaS firms so as to add video calling to their providing.
“The most important group [of users] are professionals like physicians, therapists, tutors, recruiters, legal professionals and so forth. Principally, everybody who spends a variety of their day assembly their clients or shoppers of their workplace as a part of their enterprise. We consider all of those companies have the potential to work extra effectively by utilising video communication with clients,” says Yngvar Willassen.
Provides Confrere’s Aalen: “The truth that you’ll be able to model your video calls, cost on your companies over video, and the place it’s tremendous straightforward for the top person to enter the video name… is solely not one thing anybody else is doing. Some may say it’s a distinct segment market, however we consider it’s a market with big potential. There are such a lot of professions that sometimes have 1-1 conferences with their clients, shoppers or leads, and lots of of them might have been executed on video as a substitute of assembly head to head. We’re creating a brand new market”.