The Zoom.ai mission is to give everyone in the company their own automated assistant so that they can focus on their higher-value job duties.
Tell us about you and your company, Zoom.ai.
My name is Roy Pereira, I’m the founder and CEO of Zoom.ai. Zoom.ai is an automated assistant company for all employees. We built an automated version of an executive admin but for all employees. Think about offloading all of the dull and repetitive tasks that you have do as an employee coming into work everyday, things like setting up meetings, changing meetings, and getting information for meetings but also finding information within the office, we’ve automated all of that.
What was the company's journey like to get to where it is now?
Zoom started out in a coffee shop. I think all start ups start in a coffee shop. The idea of Zoom started off with an annoyance of mine, in terms of how inefficient I thought I was and my team was at the previous company that we were at. We wanted to make it better, make our days better so that we had more time to actually do our real jobs and of course being “techies,” the solution was to automate the stuff that we didn’t want to do during the day.
What is it about your company's culture that drives success?
Zoom’s culture starts with our values, which really starts with our people. I made a decision early on given my previous experiences that I wanted to focus most of my time on people, to bring in the people that I wanted to work with and people that I thought would make us successful. It just lead to us building our own value system that we all believed in and now that has shaped our entire culture. One of those values is diversity for example, not just gender but also cultural diversity. This is a big, big message that I always talk about because I find that that is one of our key strengths and one of the reasons we are successful
How do you as a leader ensure that your culture, is a culture, that creates success?
The number one thing that I did to create success in teams, is to hire the best people I can and make sure that they have the same value system that I’m trying to push forth. That makes it so much easier later on, as the staff members begin to shape the culture. We have a set of values here at Zoom AI, and that shapes our internal culture. Someone asked me “what do I think success is” and my answer was “coming in every day and wanting to commit with a smile and I want everyone to feel that way.”
What's next for Zoom.ai?
Zoom is growing right now, we’re just moving from 11 people to 21 people. We have just raised a new round of financing to allow for that growth. We are going after large enterprises, this phase of the company is about revenue growth and to get to our goal of being the first mover, in this new space. We believe we have created a brand new enterprise software segment that nobody else has found yet. So, we want to get there to launch aggressively first and quickly. That’s what we’re trying to do right now and we’re just going to keep automating all those annoying, boring tasks all the employees have to do during the day until they’re left just with work they actually want to do.