- Mmhmm is an app that will eventually allow people to virtually share their screen with others in a video call while also remaining in the picture.
- Founded by ex-Evernote CEO Phil Libin, the app will let you share your presentation, a web browser, or even a live newscast by adding a virtual camera into your regular Zoom or Google Meet calls.
- The service is a solution to a problem experienced by many amid a mass migration to videoconferencing and remote work.
- The app is still in beta, but the company has raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by Sequoia Capital and found angel investors in the cofounders of Instagram, Twitter, and Eventbrite.
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As the world adjusts to connecting over videoconferencing for work and leisure, some irritating issues have grown more pronounced.
For example, if you’re on a video call using Zoom or Google Meet and you’d like to present content within a set of slides, you’ll have to sacrifice your icon in order to share your screen. That can make an already impersonal interaction even more so.
A new service is trying to fix that annoyance. As The Verge first reported, Mmhmm‘s videoconferencing capabilities will eventually allow people to add a virtual camera to their video calls on Zoom and Google Meet, among other services. The idea is to cater to an ever-growing acceptance of remote work in the post-coronavirus era, one in which videoconferencing will likely play a central role.
“It’s not trying to replace how you normally have meetings or talk about or stream content on video, it just tries to make it better,” founder Phil Libin said in a demo video for the app.
Mmhmm will allow you to share your computer screen and display a presentation, a web browser, or even a live newscast behind you while also letting you remain in the picture. The company says you’ll be able to maneuver your own image around the screen and can even shrink or disappear it.
You could also co-present and appear with someone else using the app on a different computer. The app will let you choose from a series of virtual backgrounds much in the same way that you can on Zoom.
It’ll look a lot like Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment, according to Libin. He also said “it’s important to have a name that you can say while eating,” hence the onomatopoeia-heavy moniker.
The app was developed by All Turtles, a studio that Libin founded after spending eight years as CEO at productivity app Evernote. The company has raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by Sequoia Capital, a top VC firm that has backed the likes of Apple, Google, and PayPal. Mmhmm also found angel investors in Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz, according to The Verge.
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The app is currently in beta. You can sign up for the waitlist here.