This Y Combinator startup aims to be the Zoom alternative for all Indian startups, SMEs



Abhishek Kankani, Kushagra Vaish, also Palash Goelcha could take part in several coding events and hackathons while at VIT Vellore, much like many other grim engineers and coders before them.  

While they landed lucrative jobs after completing their engineering — Abhishek (Accenture Analytics), Kushagra (Paypal), along with Palash (CloudSek) — the trio’d chose, if they would ever build a startup, they would take action collectively.  

However, with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and a dramatic change to remote functioning, they realised most of their meetings weren’t successful and were really exhausting.  

“We discussed it with each other and realised that it was something that all three of us felt, and we decided to look for a solution. After not finding a platform that offered what we were looking for, we decided to build it ourselves,” Abhishek Kankani tells YourStory.  

This led them to start Dyte — a Made in India video calling platform — that allows you to integrate plug-ins (apps) right into your video call. The Delhi-NCR-headquartered startup was founded in September 2020 and has been selected for Y Combinator – Winter 2021 batch.  

At present, the co-founders work remotely, where Abhishek works out of Faridabad, Kushagra out of Haridwar, and Palash is based out of Rajasthan.  


Kushagra, Founder of Dyte


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How does it work?

On Dyte, users can choose from pre-built plug-ins or even build their own set of plug-ins to suit their use-cases. Nearly all the online meetings end up non-productive as most of the time users are watching a screen-share, and the process seems slow and laggy.  

Abhishek explains,”We feel that video calls need to become more than that which they are right now. You ought to be able to collaborate right in a telephone instead of having to move between multiple tabs or even have back and on meetings for the smallest things. We help overcome this with a plug-in strategy. As an example, if you have to get a dash planning meeting, you can merely add a Trello case to the telephone and everybody can add their tasks to it straight away. This makes these calls more effective. We’re also a sole Indian replacement to video platforms like Zoom. ” 


Palash, Founder of Dyte


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The Item  

Dyte has a in-house video calling pile built on top of WebRTC — among the best technology for video communication — that allows the team to customise and include additional features as and when required.  

&#x201CWe desired to make the process as seamless as possible, yet customisable. You are able to initiate a meeting with one click, but could also customise preferences, such as a waitlist, invite-only, password security for a meeting, mute participants in your entry, etc.. However, for most of the quick calls, but you don’t need them, and we feel, you shouldn’t need to deal with them,” Abhishek states.

To utilize Dyte, users may hop on to the site and can get started. When on the telephone, users may add a plugin from the Dyte plug-in shop simply by clicking on the plug-ins button found on the bottom right of their telephone. Currently, it has a Google Drive plugin, where everybody on the telephone can see the documents and make edits if they’ve got access to the file. In addition, it has WhiteBoard as an plug-in.  

The next set of plug-ins will comprise Chess, Trello, Sigma, along with Miro Whiteboard.  Users may pick the necessary plug, which gets started for everybody present on the telephone.  



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The Current Market  

“We’re pre-traction as such, but we have had a easy video calling service running as September 7, also we have had over 6.7K sessions created ever since. This is a friends’ and family launch, and now, we see people coming back to use the platform because of its ease of use, as well as the quality of the call even with lower bandwidth,” Abhishek adds.  

Remote working has transformed the way teams meet and communicate. Owing to this, many startups are entering the video calling space, and US-based Zoom has seen 30X growth in users since the pandemic began.  

Other players like Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Bengaluru-based Airmeet, VideoMeet, Jitsi Meet, and MeetFox have also risen to prominence in recent months.  

In fact, Airmeet recently raised $3 million in funding to push its offerings in the aftermath of the pandemic that forced widespread event cancellations.  

Dyte’s team says the startup’s offerings are different as it has the ability to have an entire plug-in on the call, so people will not have to move out of the call. However, its key differentiator lies in the fact that it allows users to create their own plug-ins suited for their needs.  

“We now have an SDK that is quite easy to build with, and you also don’t need to go through the frustration of handling the participants or some other troubles. Our key customers are small and moderate startups and businesses,” states Abhishek.  Moving ahead

At present, Dyte is at its pre-revenue stage. It plans to establish the Beta edition of the application to an initial set of customers and then, work on the feedback received from them.  

Abhishek states that the startup strategies to onboard programmers on its”Dyte Developer Programme” to construct their own plug-ins and ensure it is available to the users.  

“Our primary focus is India and the Indian startups at the very first stage, and we plan to turn into the default program utilized for collaborative meetings, team stand-ups, in addition to fast catchup with buddies,” states Abhishek.  

Edited by Suman Singh

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