Matt Giegerich, CEO
The fact that virtual meetings in the post-pandemic world are becoming the new norm for business interactions is no more a scoop. Discussions with employees or stakeholders are increasingly taking place through chat rooms, webinars or webcasts, citing their cost-effectiveness, convenience, and global reach. Yet, the consensus seems to say that nothing compares to the excitement of hitting the road and meeting people face-to-face, with a far superior level of engagement. Hence, organizations are vying for a more effective and engaging option that is as close to a live meeting as they can get, without having to put people on airplanes and fly them to a common location. And that is exactly where The Inception Company comes into the picture, rendering the perfect combination of virtual and in-person communication.
Built on a 14-year history combining innovation, deep industry insight, and entrepreneurial zeal, the group of experts at The Inception Company brings meetings and productions of all kinds to ‘life’ for their clients. Equipped with a wealth of tools and techniques at their disposal, the company builds and supports a wide variety of virtual engagement products for its clients—ranging from web conferencing, broadcasting, and video technologies.
The company’s flagship solution, Pando, is today redefining the art of virtual engagement. The platform integrates a full studio production with up to 100 remote participants displayed on a 40-foot ‘Pandorama’ video wall – all they need is a desktop, laptop or iPad with internet connection and a camera. Pando also supports up to 5000 off-wall participants and observers. “We have created a premium virtual meeting technology with an aim to recreate the experience of a live meeting,” states Matt Giegerich, CEO of The Inception Company.
“Just as importantly, as hybrid meetings become a staple in the future, Pando provides the perfect virtual platform to integrate with in-person attendees.”
As soon as remote participants come alive on the 40-foot video wall installation inside the Pando studio, the in-studio moderator and/or presenters can interact with the attendees on the wall, just as if they are in the same room. The platform also has five open ports for displaying content, from slides and videos to web polling questions and digital white boarding. The production crew can live-switch between all the inputs as the conversations go on. The shifting points of view between the studio and the moderator bears a strong resemblance to a news broadcast, prompting people to get engaged in a way that isn’t typical in a web conference or video conference meeting.
By providing a true life-size experience, Pando so successfully delivers the impact of an in-person meeting, that it has become the top-choice option for conducting virtual meetings with multiple use cases, such as advisory board meetings, national sales meetings, and even extensive training sessions. Giegerich revisits a time when an eminent multinational company from the financial services industry was looking for new innovative solutions to train their employees in the aftermath of the pandemic, without taking their executives out of the field or marketplace. Rising to the occasion, Pando helped them seamlessly replace the company’s in-person executive training processes. They were so satisfied with the highly-immersive virtual experience that they have now decided to use Pando for all future meeting purposes.
Riding on top of its exquisite technological stack, coupled with a white-glove service, The Inception Company aims to establish an additional fourPando studios within the next 24 months across Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. But most importantly, by the middle of next year, all technologies underpinning Pando are going to be SaaS ready and licensable so that anybody who wants to enable this level of engagement in their home office or anywhere else can have their own Pando studio of any size or scale. “As organizations are increasingly demanding an enhanced virtual experience with the right production quality and engagement, we’re absolutely taking this marketplace by storm,” concludes Giegerich.