Mark Richer, Co-Founder at Video Meetings Solution, StarLeaf: Competing With The Likes Of Zoom and Google Teams

StarLeaf is a global collaboration and video meetings solution. The company is headquartered in Watford, and we employ 220 people around the world. While we compete with Teams and Zoom, we do things quite differently – above all, we focus on providing enterprise customers with the best possible video-enabled collaboration.

We prioritise the security of meetings held on StarLeaf, next-to-no downtime (we have an industry-leading 99.9999% uptime guarantee), as well as higher visual and audio quality than that of rivals.
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How did you come up with the idea for the company?

Myself, William MacDonald and Mark Loney founded the business in 2008. This was an era when video conferencing involved buying and managing a complex web of servers and other kit, and even then you could mostly only talk to people with the same complex setup. We saw the opportunity for a simpler, easier way to deliver a conferencing solution via the cloud – we’ve since grown StarLeaf into one of the world’s leading cloud-based providers.


How has the need for Starleaf evolved during the pandemic?

Demand for video meetings solutions has skyrocketed as a result of the pandemic, and we’ve seen a big increase in call minutes (947% between January and May). Sector-wise, we’ve seen an increase in education institutions, legal firms and healthcare providers using StarLeaf.

What can we hope to see from Starleaf in the future?

Even before lockdown, we were seeing a consistent rise in the demand for video meetings and remote collaboration. For the foreseeable future, you’re going to have people who need to be in the office, and people who need to be, or prefer to be, at home – this is the future of work that we’re prepared for. Because StarLeaf also has a full range of meeting room solutions as well as mobile, it’s easy for us to provide the same secure, reliable, easy to use experience wherever people are. The future of work will likely revolve around a mix of remote work and office-time – StarLeaf caters for both, so we believe our best days are yet to come.