Dyte raises $11.6 million to help developers create better video calls – TechCrunch

If you’re looking to integrate video or audio calling into your product, you don’t necessarily have to build it from scratch. Unless you have very specific needs, there are SDKs that can help you do the heavy lifting if your budget allows.

One such SDK is Dyte, the team behind which announced this week that it has raised an $11.6 million seed round. Billing itself as the “most developer-friendly” option, Dyte focuses on a handful of key points: fast integration, simple yet flexible customization, and scalability via real-time interactive plugins.

This last bit is the one that looks particularly neat. In addition to the video/audio call SDK, they have created a secondary SDK to create interactive experiences on High of these calls. Some of the examples they showed me were things like a shared web browser, a collaborative whiteboard, basic turn-based games, and a built-in file viewer where one person can talk while another, by example, navigates through slides (without having to share their screen – just download the slideshow file itself.) These Javascript-based plugins have access to metadata like each user’s role – so you can, for example, do so that only designated users can control the file viewer, or create a game where the call host can see things players can’t.

On the more user-oriented side, Dyte offers a lot of what you would expect from a video chat platform: different view layouts, chat and polls, screen sharing, delete/switch tools background, etc.

Picture credits: Dyte

Behind the scenes, they made customization as easy as possible. While video chatting with Dyte co-founder Abhishek Kankani (hosted on Dyte itself, of course), Kankani had a TechCrunch-themed chat interface (with TC branding and lots of green) up and running in just a few minutes. This same customizer allowed it to control which of the aforementioned plugins appeared to users, change the look of the overall interface and what features appeared, and control user roles.

Kankani tells me that they built everything with developers in mind because the co-founders themselves are lifelong developers; the team prides itself on its documentation and “super fast” implementation.

“We’ve been coding for a very long time, haven’t we?” Kankani said. “I’ve been coding since fifth grade. My fellow co-founders…probably [longer] only that. So we understand the challenges you face as a developer when using a product, and we’ve created a product we’d like to use.

Dyte charges per user, per month, based on the number of minutes used by a team, with the first 10,000 minutes per month currently free. Optional things like allowing users to record calls to the cloud or stream calls to other platforms via RTMP (think live event streaming) raise that price a bit more.

A screenshot of Dyte's customization screen

Picture credits: Dyte

Kankani tells me this round has been backed by Unbound, Surge (Sequoia Capital India’s startup initiative), Nexus Venture Partners, and a handful of angels, including Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover and Postman founder , Abhinav Asthana.

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