Sidekick Bets On HW To Connect Remote Workers

Sidekick Bets On HW To Connect Remote Workers

Since the pandemic got serious back in March, many Americans have been working from home. Almost all non-essential workers are likely going to be working remotely for quite some time. Some say many companies may never go back to a “campus mentality”. As the popularity of apps like Skype, Zoom, and Teams grows, a startup called Sidekick is doing something unconventional… betting on hardware. The company has a re-purposed tablet with a single function… video conferencing.

Here’s how it works. Every worker puts a Sidekick on their desk and then when they’re logged in, the Sidekick is on. To call another worker, you simply use the Sidekick and bam… they’re on camera. No need to stop typing or divert focus to start/join a meeting. It allows instantaneous communication without apps. Essentially, its the modern recreation of the 70’s videophone. Sidekick is selling subscription plans at a monthly rate. This way companies can try it and see if they like it. The question remains… can a startup sell a hardware-based solution in the current market?

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