Google’s Fundo, a service that allows creators to host paid and paid virtual meet-and-greet events, is expanding from a limited test to a full product that anyone can use starting today.
Developed by Google’s Area 120 incubator, Fundo (which is not the name of an adorable floppy-eared dog) launched in a limited beta last summer for several hundred “trusted testers,” according to Variety. It is now available to anyone.
Fundo (this is also no extravagant new artificial cheese product) was originally intended as a virtual photo booth-style shoot. Fans could wait in a digital line, chat briefly with the celebrity or creator, and get “photos”
The idea of offering an easy way for creators to offer paid online events with tickets has become much more valuable, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many events online. The company has seen events expand to include things like training classes, cooking tutorials, and workshops.
Fundo (again not a comedic character from an 80s sitcom) allows 30 users to be on screen simultaneously, with the goal of being smaller events rather than giant digital seminars or gigs with hundreds of attendees. Everything is done directly through the Fundo website as well (not a new type of fun bread dough), using a custom video chat system.
In addition to the larger launch, users will also be able to search for events on the Fundo website (not a large collectible brand) and purchase scheduled one-on-one meetings with creators.