Zoom pub quizzes. Zoom psychotherapy. Zoom yoga. Zoomba. The video conferencing app isn’t just a boon for remote workers during the coronavirus lockdown, it’s a lifeline for businesses that have been cut off from their clients. Or it would be if there was some way they could charge for their time.
Enter SmartSession, an Ethereum-based paywall for Zoom calls—and the first blockchain application approved for use on the video conferencing platform.
How to make money off Zoom calls
Instead of letting people watch, say, their Zoom yoga classes for free, teachers—or anyone who uses SmartSession—can now block cheapskates with a crypto paywall. That means anyone wanting to learn how to do a garland pose over VOIP has to first buy, and then spend, Ethereum on SmartSession’s smart contracts.
There’s another benefit: smart links can reward people for referrals. “If a yoga instructor wants to collect $20 per participant, for instance, they can choose to reward participants for bringing them new business,” Erez Ben-Kiki, founder and CEO of 2key, the Israeli company that’s developing the software, told Decrypt.
Ben-Kiki, of Tel-Aviv, said that the system was created in three weeks and that it is the first paywall to be approved by Zoom.
Zoom’s lockdown boom
The launch piggybacks on the immensely successful Zoom, which has boomed amid the lockdown imposed by governments during the coronavirus pandemic. A few months ago, Zoom had 10 million users. Last month, it reached 200 million.
Businesses have swiftly had to adapt to the new normal. For instance, Ben-Kiki’s wife, a yoga instructor, has moved all her yoga online. He concedes that not all her students will be interested in cryptocurrency—or have sufficient technical knowledge to buy some. In a class of 20 people, though, that a proportion of those will be willing to pay with crypto is “good enough for them,” said Ben-Kiki.
In any case, no special software is required as ”2key is all…