Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people have abruptly shifted to working from home. Initially, people got excited about video conversations, absence of having to commute, increased productivity, etc. But after a while, people started wondering about their team culture, when they did not sit and work together. The quick catch ups, the watercooler conversations, light-hearted banter, birthday cakes and walking up to friends’ desks for chats are being fondly remembered. This is how team bonding happens.
A bonded team brings out the best of productivity and growth. By creating shared experiences for your team, you are ultimately building a great culture with trust, comfort, and happiness. During the current remote working scenario, you cannot have work meeting software like Zoom or Google Meet to maintain the pace of team engagement. What you would need is a one-stop-shop space for your remote team to connect and socialize outside of work.
Dive is a virtual space for remote teams to hang out, engage and socialize. It provides remote teams with the space to play games, have drop-in conversations, connect on similar topics, watch videos, and do fun activities TOGETHER — within an interactive video platform.
Dive, the SaaS startup, was founded in July 2020 by Nitesh Agrawal and Om Prakash. Before Dive, the founders spent over 6+ years founding and managing remote companies.
The platform has hundreds of tailor-made activities for remote teams to have fun and be engaged. Users could bring in existing Rituals or create new Rituals to strengthen work relationships. The fun, built-in icebreakers help you getting to know your peers well. The platform provides easy access of one-click to join the room and does not require any download – it can be accessed through the browser. If you are worried about privacy, then be rest assured that the platform does not gather your data.
“Let’s Dive has already gained strong traction and attracted hundreds of teams to our platform without any marketing. The product’s experience is so unique that teams feel connected within a few hours of usage. With the funding and partnership from Sequoia Capital India’s Surge, as well as investors such as Village Global, we look forward to rolling out Let’s Dive to businesses globally to help them create the best possible remote team culture.”
– Nitesh Agrawal, Co-founder
The startup has already attracted over 100 teams from 28 countries to its platform. Businesses currently using the platform include teams from Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, Airtable, and in India, some of the biggest tech companies like Swiggy and Hike. Currently, Let’s Dive is an invite-only experience. Companies can apply for access on its website.
Dive has recently raised $1.7 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge. Along with Surge, Village Global and angels like Akhil Paul, Anand Chandrasekaran, Job Van, OnDeck, Ravish Naresh, Sai Srinivas, Sunita Mohanty, Utsav Somani, and Zvi Band invested in the startup.
The startup would be using the funds to further build experiences to help remote teams eliminate isolation, expand its reach, and build a cross-border product team.
The Co-founders are set out to show the world the power of human connections in the era of borderless working.