June 30, 2021

Reflections on Our First Year

June 30th is a day to celebrate here at Filo.co as it marks our first, official birthday as a company. It also makes today a perfect day to reflect on our mission, thank our fabulous customers, and look to the future of collaboration that we plan to build together. 

The Formation

Our co-founder & CEO, Matt Compton, likes to say that Filo was created almost by accident as much as need. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with venture studio High Alpha, he learned that their May 2020 Sprint Week was on the verge of cancellation due to the pandemic. 

Ever the fixer, Matt & team burned the midnight oil and emerged with Filo version 1.0, a virtual collaboration platform that integrated with Zoom and powered better online collaboration among participants. The result? For the first time ever, High Alpha’s Sprint Week launched four new companies—the most in High Alpha’s history, with Filo.co among them. 

Having seen Filo in action during Sprint Week, Techstars Sports Powered by Indy, joined as Filo.co’s first customer. They leveraged Filo to power their virtual accelerator --a three month program!  Filo was the online center of their daily meetings, workshops and events, and their success has led over 10 additional Techstars programs to use Filo during the past year. 

Other early customers included 500 Startups and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both of which pushed the limits of Filo in ways that opened our eyes to the potential for us to help amazing people come together to create, learn, and solve problems.

"Our level of care for our customers makes Filo different. We go above and beyond what our customers are used to receiving from other virtual event and workspace solution providers. No other platform provides the flexibility, visibility, and ease-of-use across such a broad range of uses."
- Mark Welsh, Sales Director, Filo.co

The Evolution

As all gatherings went virtual in 2020, the use cases for Filo expanded exponentially. Our customers loved the reliability and quality of Zoom, but they wanted more persistent virtual spaces where diverse groups could easily gather. Quickly, Filo was being used to power the following and more:

  • Company Kick-Offs
  • Sales Kick-Offs (SKOs)
  • Customer Advisory Boards (CABs)
  • User Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Roundtables
  • Demo Days
  • Hackathons
  • Virtual Accelerators
  • Virtual Offices
  • Virtual Court Proceedings 
"What has taken me aback is how diverse the use cases for Filo have become. We have focused on building tools for everyone, but it is so exciting that we have really built a canvas that anyone can paint with their brands, faces, collaboration, and so much more."
- Luke Bidigare-Curtis, Senior Engineer, Filo.co

The Partnership

Since day one, Zoom has been a key partner in our success as our integration ensures that our customers always benefit from the industry’s best video conferencing solution. 

In 2021, Filo.co also joined the ranks of Zoom’s ISV Partner Program which allows us to enable any organization--Zoom customer or not--to quickly leverage the power of both platforms. 

“Our integration with Zoom ensures that we deliver the industry-leading video conferencing experience to our customers and allows us to develop virtual workspaces that foster unmatched opportunities for connection, collaboration, and creativity.”
- Matt Compton, Co-Founder & CEO, Filo.co

The Innovation

Let us be clear. Our Product Team is awesome. Every day, they’re working to deliver innovations that help our customers collaborate more effectively across their events, meetings, and teams. This year alone, they have launched:

"We want to help our customers build more of an ongoing sense of community and collaboration within Filo. We want people to feel as connected to their team virtually as if they were in person. Sometimes that connection is relationship building. Sometimes it's more coaching and mentorship. We want Filo to be a place where you can easily do both and more."
- Doug Rybacki, Co-Founder & CPO, Filo.co

The Future

Here at Filo.co, collaboration is our north star. We are committed to making virtual and hybrid collaboration seamless for internal teams, partners and customers. We are incredibly thankful to those who have been a part of our journey over this past year, and we look forward to helping even more organizations in the coming year. Here’s to working better together!  

“I love that we practice what we preach: People first in every way. We are building a platform to help people collaborate, interact, and live in a more human way. The biggest celebrations we have as a company are about what we have done for our customers and remote collaboration as a whole.”
- Luke Bidigare-Curtis, Senior Engineer, Filo.co