Dimdim, the startup taking on established web meeting providers with its low cost, open source meeting service, said today that it’s adding a service for webinars, big online events that could end up being quite lucrative for both the event host and Dimdim.
The Boston, Mass., company will allow customers to host online events with up to 1,000 attendees. Dimdim chief executive DD Ganguly has said the company is “democratizing” web meetings by making them available to customers who can’t afford traditional services like Cisco’s WebEx. Even though Dimdim Webinar is presumably aimed at larger corporate customers, Dimdim emphasizes that “anyone” can use the service to make money with webinars — it’s easy to host a meeting, especially since neither attendees nor event hosts have to download any software, and Dimdim says it will provide plenty of tools and how-to guides for marketing and monetizing the event.
Users can sell tickets through Eventbrite, and have attendees register via a widget that’s embedded on the event website or anywhere else online.
Dimdim also says it’s offering the webinar service at a relatively affordable price: $828 a year, or $75 a month. (Cisco doesn’t list pricing for its WebEx Events Center, which allows customers to host webinars for up to 3,000 people, but its basic meeting service already costs $69 a month.)
The company says the free and pro versions of its web meeting service are used by 3 million people and businesses. It has raised $8.4 million from Index Ventures, Nexus India Capital and Draper Richards, plus an undisclosed personal investment from Satish Dharmaraj, who co-founded email company Zimbra and is currently a general partner at Redpoint Ventures.
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