Google’s Fundo – a service that allows creators to host paid, virtual meeting and greeting tickets – is expanding from a limited test into a full-fledged product that anyone can use from today.
Developed by the Google Area 120 Incubator, Fundo (not the name of a charming dog with ears) was released in a limited beta last summer for several hundred “trusted testers,” according to Diversity. It is now available to everyone.
Fundo (also not a crazy new product with artificial cheese) was originally conceived as a service in the style of a virtual photo booth. Fans could wait in a digital line, talk briefly with the celebrity or the creator and get “pictures”
The idea of offering an easy way for creators to offer paid, ticketing online events has become much more valuable, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many events online. The company saw events expanding to include things like training lessons, cooking lessons and seminars.
Fundo (also not a comic embossed character from a series from the 80’s) allows 30 users to be on the screen at the same time, with the goal of smaller events, not giant digital seminars or concerts with hundreds of people present. Everything is done directly through the Fundo website (it’s not a fun new type of bread dough), also with the help of a specially designed video chat system.
In addition to the wider launch, users will now be able to search for events on the Fundo website (not a true brand of collectible figures with large heads) and purchase scheduled individual meetings with creators.