Startup Of The Week

Startup Of The Week: Roam

Roam, a startup that came out of stealth mode in November, functions as an operating system for the hybrid workplace. It enables companies to create a headquarters in the Cloud that gives employees easy access to their co-workers, even if they are spread out around the globe or their company uses a hybrid model. Employees appear in virtual rooms or “offices,” and people can drop by at the click of a button — much like they can stop by a physical office space. Founder Howard Lerman says the platform increases both serendipity and productivity, helping employees to dedicate less time to formal meetings. “Think of it as a fast-forward button for your productivity,” he says. “Roam helps employees to feel connected and have the kind of ad hoc conversations and workflows they were used to in physical spaces. There is no question about it, this is going to be the future of work.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.