VEG’ers are not just sitting around twiddling their digits. The pandemic has not ended events. Instead, and very quickly, it has evolved them. Here is this week’s news in the world of events, brought to you by the VEG.
February 25 | 3PM EST
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Join us as we hear from Marian Bossard of the Toy Association on how it cleverly kept those toy orders coming, despite the pandemic. And Lawrence Coburn of where powerful conversations happen every day.

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’

The road to hybrid events is paved with good intentions, some of those intentions from online platforms getting ready for that moment when we meet again. It’s been a busy month. HopIn’s 2021 Kickoff event introduced a mobile app to be used as a second screen companion. It launches on iOs and Android this month and promises to address FOMO by letting you track IRL what you’re missing online. Even during in-person events, you’ll be able to network and see what’s happening elsewhere. The company also announced its acquisition of StreamYard, a welcome addition because of its live-streaming prowess. With $155 million in funding, Reuters reported that the company’s value surged to $2bn and The Information labeled it “the fastest software start-up unicorn in history". Meanwhile, I attended the KickOff and honest, CEO Johnny Boufarhat could have used a few of his new dollars on better background and lighting.


TouchCast, a New York City-based firm that specializes in creating “digital twins” of your physical event, landed a cool $55 million dollar investment. I’ve been watching this company since 2013 when its mission was to help companies create better videoconferencing with easy-to-use tools, green-screens, and heavy use of video. They’ve amped up that original vision with image recognition, some nifty video snipping, and a bunch of creative widgets like transcription, to make online meetings look a lot more like TV productions.


Keeping Score on Who’s Getting Investments? 

Bizzabo $138 million | Run the World  $15 million | Airmeet $12 million
Wonder $11 million | Hubilo $4.5 million

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WFH Spring Fashion

Spring is around the corner but you’re going to need to weigh buying biz casual duds for a return to the office versus shelling out for some new WFH gear.


Zoom for Home DTEN, a company that’s known for its conference room gear, announced a new piece of hardware that’s called Zoom for Home. It’s a 27-inch monitor with three built-in wide-angle cameras, an 8-microphone array, and a touch screen display. Good for presentations, whiteboarding and annotation. Price: $599


Poly Studio P21 Personal Meeting Display A 21-inch monitor with a built in webcam, microphone, integrated stereo speakers and ambient lights. Price: $800

  • Clubhouse Is it just me? I have three or four problems with Clubhouse. 
    1. Elitism -- What no Android version? 
    2. Bro-ism -- Talking inside of an exclusive bubble is what got us into this mess in the first place.
    3. Group-ism --- How in the world can you express your own creativity when Silicon Valley celebs control the hivemind?
    4. Voice-ism -- Seriously, it feels so quaint. If I felt like listening I’d call my Mom.
    How do you feel about Clubhouse? Let us know. 
  • We couldn’t have said it better: Thanks Grit Daily for the lovely writeup about VEG. 
  • Word is that folks are signing contracts with web platforms, putting all their eggs in one event basket, only to have their hearts broken by unfulfilled platform wishes.
  • Meet Virtually announced its smorgasbord for event adventure seekers. Magic tricks? Honey tasting? DJs? Corporate comedians? You’ll find them all listed at this kitschy directory (And if you enjoyed the SuperBowl, I have a cardboard cutout I can send you for $100.)
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