A few weeks after testing its new product, the French startup Klaxoon is launching Board, a visual interface that allows you to collaborate during a video call. Instead of staring at others' faces, you get a shared canvas that you can use for presentations and suggestions.
Klaxoon is aware that many companies have strong opinions about video conferencing services. Some companies already use Microsoft Teams for everything, others use Zoom or Google Meet. That's why the company tries to make Board as easy to use as possible while you're on the phone with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet.
Since you're already on the board when you generate a zoom link, you can also use Klaxoon's own video conferencing service called Live.
“Video makes up less than 10% of your screen space. Our goal is not to compete with other services when it comes to pixels, high definition or the number of thumbnails, ”said Matthieu Beucher, co-founder and CEO of Klaxoon.
Instead, when you use Live, you accept several restrictions that can help you focus on your meeting. For example, you can only have 15 people in your meeting. The person organizing the meeting can set a limit – it can be 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. However, you cannot use Live for meetings that are longer than 30 minutes.
Finally, other people during the calls are represented by tiny thumbnails on the right side of the screen. Most of the screen is filled with a kind of digital whiteboard with which you can write text, insert pictures or videos. You can work on your board before the meeting starts, or add a table from a template library.
People attending your meeting can submit ideas using digital sticky notes. You can also switch from the freeform view to a more structured columnar view to move ideas from one category to another.
Klaxoon has been working on interactive whiteboards and meeting tools for a number of years. The board combines some of the things the company is already making available to its clients, but focuses on remote meetings. The service starts today for € 9.90 per month.