Published: 23rd June 2020
Looking for the best way to connect to your audience online? UDo can do it for you
The Hyderabad-based start-up has amped up quite a lot since it was featured in Edex's 40-Under-40 2018 edition. Check out what's new
With the Coronavirus pandemic causing havoc all across the world, the normal life as we knew it has changed. Virtual has become the reality and people are mostly working and studying from home. The UDo app can make a sudden virtual revolution seem less complicated and more affordable. At just Rs 300 per month, teachers can conduct classes online using this video conferencing app with unlimited access to breakout rooms, screen sharing and boards, career consultants, yoga trainers, and life coaches can conduct classes, therapists can get on virtual sessions — the options are limitless, says Founder Teja Gudluru.
The Hyderabad-based start-up has amped up its operations during the lockdown. They have everyone from career consultants to freelancers to yoga trainers signing up on their recently updated app. But how are they different from the hundreds of video conferencing apps that that mushroomed in the last four months? "What other video conference apps do is give you the tools. It's more like a Microsoft PowerPoint. You can make the PPT but then what? Who do you present it to? Where is your audience? How do you monetize? Apps like Zoom or Google Meet or the million others do not tell you that. We provide a composite package and that too at a much cheaper price," says Teja. "We now have an integrated payment portal which you can use to link it directly to your account so that the registration fees go directly to you. We do a basic check and KYC process which is also quick and you are ready to go. Not only can you do everything the video conferencing apps were providing, you can do much more — it gives you a platform to connect with the people who are seeking help in your area of work and can be connected to you instantly," adds Teja.
Part-time work or online consultation is not as prevalent in India as full-time jobs but the COVID-19 crisis has changed the scenario. "While we were already working with freelancers and consultants, COVID has pushed more people into this spectrum. Generally, you have to go and pitch to people what you do and how your product can help them — as unfortunate as the crisis is, COVID has done all of that for us. People have joined organically," adds Teja who wants to go global with his app. "We have also pitched the idea to a few schools and they have been very welcoming. While Zoom accounts for each teacher is a costly affair, our app does what it does and more at just Rs 300 cutting the costs drastically," he adds.