AnyDesk, a startup that gives distant desktop software program powered by a bespoke video codec, has scored €6.5 million in Collection A funding. Main the spherical is EQT Ventures, with participation from angel buyers, together with Chris Hitchen, and former backer Andreas Burike.
The Stuttgart, Germany-based firm says it’s going to use the injection of money for additional growth of the AnyDesk product and to develop the technical and business groups.
“AnyDesk’s mission could be summarised as overcoming distances,” co-founder and CEO Philipp Weiser tells TechCrunch. “At present, folks have to work with their groups and content material simply as shortly and successfully when working remotely as they do when within the workplace. Legacy distant desktop choices don’t allow this — they’re difficult, irritating and gradual. At finest, you are able to do a presentation or assist a colleague set up a printer. Some concepts are born out of frustration and we determined to re-engineer the distant desktop for at the moment’s office”.
To that finish, in addition to modern-day apps for Home windows, MacOS, varied flavours of Linux/Unix, Android and iOS, the AnyDesk staff has created a proprietary video codec known as “DeskRT” that has been engineered particularly for graphical consumer interfaces. It transmits 60 frames per seconds and prioritises low latency.
Because of this, the startup says customers usually expertise top quality video and sound, and picture transmission that’s quick and fluid sufficient to neglect that you’re utilizing a distinct laptop. That’s as a result of, in contrast to conventional display sharing, AnyDesk is constructed for collaboration.
“We created AnyDesk in order that anybody, anyplace can get their work carried out,” says Weiser. “Greater than 50 million customers worldwide have downloaded AnyDesk. We have now greater than 7,000 enterprise prospects, together with Spidercam, Amedes and Solar Chemical”.
There’s a free model of AnyDesk for private use, and varied skilled tiers, all the best way as much as massive enterprise use.
In the meantime, the AnyDesk co-founder concedes that there quite a few different gamers within the reasonably crowded distant desktop software program house. They embrace LogMeIn, TeamViewer, Splashtop, and Citrix GoTo. Nonetheless, he claims AnyDesk is healthier than present choices because the startup has approached the distant desktop from a “software-design centered angle” and created an structure and a customized video codec particularly for the aim of low latency transmission.
“Some competing merchandise use costly for this, however this isn’t the case with AnyDesk. We’ve achieved superior efficiency in a software-only answer. This implies AnyDesk offers folks with the expertise they’ve come to count on when consuming content material. While you view a web site or video in your gadgets, chances are high you don’t take into consideration the online browser or media participant working within the background. You might be centered on the content material. AnyDesk works in the identical manner, operating behind-the-scenes so that you could be productive, artistic and get on along with your work”.
As an apart, EQT Ventures is speaking up the best way it found AnyDesk, particularly through the VC agency’s “Motherbrain” AI platform. The software program claims to scan the tech startup ecosystem on-line for particular alerts associated to an organization’s efficiency. Primarily based on these digital footprints, it then flags probably the most promising corporations and surfaces the related structured and unstructured information to the EQT Ventures staff.
After all, this form of method isn’t distinctive to EQT — most VC companies of a sure dimension use information monitoring as a part of their deal discovery and analysis, and newer VCs similar to InReach Ventures and Fly Ventures make a advantage of this — however it’s maybe noteworthy nonetheless.