Meetings are the candies of knowledge workers.
It’s a known fact that they’re bad for your health, yet it’s hard to resist and it’s only when your calendar starts to look like a Rothko that you realize how you’re spending more time on Zoom than actually working.
We’ve seen this exact problem repeating over and over again for any kind of distributed team. Everyone knows that written/memorialized communication is a superior format, everyone wants to communicate more “asynchronously”, everyone wants to attend fewer meetings and gets fewer distractions throughout the day but only a small fraction of teams have the discipline to actually pull it off.
Truth is, doing all the above – and doing it right– takes considerable effort and people consistently underestimatehabit formation.
So, for the last couple of months, we’ve been trying to solve a simple question “Is there anything that we can do to alleviate the transition to asynchronous communication for distributed teams?”
Today we’re excited to announce Videos on Pulse. And we mean actual mp4 files, not just embed of Looms or snippets from other video platforms like YT or Vimeo. Starting today you’ll be able to upload videos on our own infrastructure, watch them on our custom-built video player and distribute them to your audience by sharing them on streams just like you’ve been doing for traditional posts.
Not only Pulse will permanently store, centralize and distribute all your video recordings, but it will also automatically transcribe them, making them instantly searchable to you and the team in your workspace.
This new set of features will allow you to instantly extract and maximize value from content that you already own and instantly embrace a stronger memorialized culture while gradually moving toward asynchronous communication.
Let’s see what this means for you and your team.
1. Share internal video recordings in seconds – from internal meetings, customer demos, 1-1s, or feature demo
Meetings is where we tend to make decisions, align people, work, collaborate, exchange feedback, and share the critical information that everyone needs to be aware of.
But the recordings of all these meetings typically go to die in unknown Google Drive folders or in Notion pages that no one reads.
Pulse helps you store, organize and secure internal and external meetings – from all-hands, to product demos and customer calls – in one central place.
Making your meetings asynchronous is the first step toward a sane remote culture where everyone in the company can digest any meeting or team update when and where they need it.
Create different “meeting Streams” and start by sharing your most important sessions:
- All-Hands meeting
- Customer demos
- Product standups
- Design feature demos
- Onboarding calls
For any large enough organization, content distribution isn’t as easy as it seems. When everyone is in the same room (physically or virtually) What’s signal to some, it’s noise to others.
Pulse allows you to distribute your content (whether these are meetings recordings or not) effortlessly to your internal audience. Share content in your workspace’s streams. Your people will be able to follow it, custimize the level of notifications they want to get, or add them to their personal daily or weekly digest.
Each video shared on Pulse will be automatically transcribed immediately after you publish it. We’ve tuned our speech recognition algorithms specifically for meetings to give you incredible accuracy. And if we weren’t quite able to catch what you said you can always edit the transcript and no one will ever know.
Edit the transcript and manually select who’s speaking and when. Check out your teammates’ profiles to see which meeting they attended last and what they said.
Lots of fit and finish went into our custom-built video player. From the speed selector, a dedicated theater mode, and transcript auto-scroll, to chapter selection and keyboard shortcuts.
- Listen to your meetings at twice the speed and save precious time
- Open the videos in a new tab to enjoy the theater mode
- Highlights key part of your videos with chapters
We optimized Pulse for any modern mobile browser so you can read new posts and rewatch all your meetings on the go.
Google Drive is where meeting recordings go to die. So we made it super easy to import videos from any major video or storage service out there, from Google Drive to Zoom, Loom, and Dropbox.
No limits in size or dimension.
If you’re part of a decentralized team you know the importance of having a centralized context that’s up to date and accessible by any member of the organization at any point in time. Start by making current video recordings accessible – from customer demos, internal all-hands, cross-departments sync up, team updates, and more.
If you have been looking to improve your distributed org’s communication, making it a bit more asynchronous, effective, and scalable across time zones or geographies, but you had no clue where to start without disrupting too much process and existing behaviors, this is your chance.
If you already have a workspace on Pulse, just get in there, invite your team and upload your first video. If you’re still not on Pulse, signup for a workspace, get a unique URL (while you can) for your org and let us know what you think.