Y Combinator Challenge #26 – Better Video Chat

For more information about the Y Combinator Challenge, check out this post first.

26. Better video chat. Skype and Tokbox are just the beginning. There’s going to be a lot of evolution in this area, especially on mobile devices.

When this one first came at me, the first thing I did was start to think of features.  I cycled through feature after feature, and had a nice long post all ready to go.  But then those guys over at 37 Signals had to come along and give a speech (based on the write-up I read) that made me reconsider the whole approach. 

My Idea – ZeroChat

Why ZeroChat?  Because it has absolutely no features.  None.  Zero.  It’s like the days when the phone came out and it was just a big dial with a horn strapped to it, and it did only one thing – make calls.  Same thing here, just a ridiculously simple, yet extremely fast and robust, application that takes a live video signal and and audio signal from one person and broadcasts it to another person (and vice versa). 

The other added bonus of this approach is that it frees up the team to focus on the really important stuff like compatibility across a huge range of devices and platforms, and better speed and reliability than any of the competition.  And if you can do it all while still managing to only work 30 hours a week – more power to you.  🙂

Happy Friday to all – any thoughts on this one? 


4 responses to “Y Combinator Challenge #26 – Better Video Chat

  1. I like it, simple is always better

  2. The ZeroChat idea already exists – in the form of mebeam.com

  3. Thanks for the link, David, I’ll have to check that out.

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