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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