About Us

2020 was quite a year.

The COVID-19 pandemic introduced the world to quarentines. Conferences and events were cancelled across the world. Everyone learned how to work together remotely from home. Zoom video meetings became the norm for day-to-day operations. People even resorted to video call happy hours for entertainment and team socials.


GroupRoom was created out of the need to help the world get back together - if not in person - as close to meeting in person as possible. In real life (IRL), people move around the office or conference halls to meet with people. GroupRoom mimics this behavior by implementing spatially aware surroundings. Whether you're working in the office or hanging out with friends watching a movie at a party, people are always having a number of different conversations simultaneously.

Fast forward to 2021.

Companies are trying to bring their employees back to their offices. As you can imagine, this process is slow. Many offices are still practicing social distancing and don't have room for all of their employees. As a result, 50% of their workforce is back in the office while 50% are still working remote. When everyone was remote, video collaboration tools were simple but fatiguing. Now that we are moving to a mix of 50/50 onsite and remote, this hybrid work environment model is creating even more divisions between local and remote workers. The future office needs technology like GroupRoom to build equitable experiences AND make work-life even better than it was even pre-pandemic.

GroupRoom provides hybrid and virtual workplaces allowing companies of all sizes to create digital twin floor plans of their physical offices and allow local and remote employees to work in the digital office space together. GroupRoom creates a listening radius around worker video avatars allowing everyone to engage with people near themselves. Add in collaboration tools such as Google Docs, YouTube videos, whiteboards, screenshares, and private video rooms, and you may start feeling normal again.

Meet Our Founder

GroupRoom is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur, Chris Matthieu. This spatially-aware video chat and collaboration platform was designed to help friends and colleagues get back to life and work together.

To date, Chris has built (and exited) five emerging technology platform companies including:

  • Computes inc, decentralized supercomputing company - acquired by Magic Leap in 2018
  • Octoblu inc, IoT platform company - acquired by Citrix in 2014
  • Nodester inc, world's first NodeJS PaaS) - acquired by AppFog in 2012
  • Teleku inc, cloud communications PaaS) - acquired by Voxeo in 2010
  • Digital Voice Technologies inc, world's first voice browser) - acquired by Ideas and Associates in 2002

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