Copper Chat

Pay (or get paid) for private one-on-one video calls

#4 Product of the DayJune 14, 2016

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Alex BenzerMakerHiring@abenzer · Co-founder @ vid.me
Hey PH! Copper is a new app we're developing here at Vidme. We're focused on helping content creators make more money and Copper is one of the new products we've built to help do that. Our team noticed that creators on Patreon, Twitch and elsewhere sometimes offer one-on-one paid chats with fans. We decided to build a simple utility app that can help creators scale this activity and make payment painless. After some user interviews, we quickly realized the app could work for a number of other interesting use cases, and many we probably haven't thought of yet. This is the earliest MVP version of Copper — we hadn't planned for PH visibility yet — but we'd love your feedback on what we have so far.
Josh Wilkie@wilks123 · BD, Madefire - Founder, ETC
@abenzer Love the idea. To stay close to the game of baseball (7 yrs pro w the Nats), I like to do 1-on-1 lessons with younger players of the game and this platform may make it feasible to do lessons remotely. Really cool!
Alex BenzerMakerHiring@abenzer · Co-founder @ vid.me
@wilks123 that's awesome. I'd love to walk through the use case with you. Just followed you on Twitter — let's DM? :)
Josh Wilkie@wilks123 · BD, Madefire - Founder, ETC
@abenzer holler!!
Dan Martell@danmartell · Founder, Clarity
@abenzer can you ask Chase Dimond to stop spamming our users on Clarity? Even though I'm no longer involved (acquired Feb 2015), the community is an extension of my personal network and they forward me all emails from bad actors. I can appreciate a clever growth hack, but it's breaching our terms of service and next step is to have the lawyers get involved. Assuming you'll get this resolved. DM
Warren ShaefferMakerHiring@wwshaef · Co-founder, Vidme
@kovlex, thanks for sharing this :) One feature that we think is particularly novel about Copper is that you can offer to pay someone for their time, e.g., “Would love to pick your brain on this new app idea… can I buy you a cup of coffee for a 5 minute video call? Here’s my Copper link...” We think this opens up a lot of interesting use cases: getting the attention of your favorite creator/musician/celeb, soliciting advice from an expert (fashion blogger, coach, electrician, etc), compensating people for customer development, among others. Also, we’re adding in the ability for the sellers of time to seamlessly donate their proceeds to charity, so you can raise money for a good cause, just by talking.
Andreas Mitschke@andmitsch · I own a computer
@wwshaef @kovlex So, like clarity.fm, but more targeted to celebs? LIke what kakaotalk did with their celeb endorsement streams and chats?
Warren ShaefferMakerHiring@wwshaef · Co-founder, Vidme
@andmitsch @kovlex We think of Copper as more of a broad utility that can be used in a variety of use cases. The goal with this initial product is to make it stupid simple to pay or get paid for a video call. We're seeing it used for fan to influencer hangouts, lessons (music, English language learning, tutoring), consultations, coaching, and even as an easy way for contractors to get accurately paid for their time.
Andreas Mitschke@andmitsch · I own a computer
@wwshaef @kovlex You should definitely try to focus on 1-2 personas at best and thus do not make the use-cases to broad. You'll only dilute its functionality without giving your users a clear message and user-journey. Don't go all broad - basic business rule.
Warren ShaefferMakerHiring@wwshaef · Co-founder, Vidme
@andmitsch Thanks for the suggestion. Still early days, but I'm sure some verticals will use the app more than others. Will continue to iterate accordingly.
NathanSnell@nathansnell · Co-Founder @nCino
@wwshaef I think this is a pretty strong use case. Especially even for myself where while I don't consult anymore, I've had folks who've wanted to do some brain picking. It was actually the one that first came to mind for me. Especially depending on how viral/simple you make the request. It looks like you guys have it all mobile focused right now, but another use case you mentioned related to twitch and similar are "pros" that charge for coaching time (video usually also involved, but from a PC). Not sure if there's already a player in that niche or not, but most of what I've seen is a payment processor + skype (not integrated in any way).
Levi KovacsHunter@kovlex · Building @mobiscroll
Very cool idea! I can see a lot of use cases for this. Think mentoring, tutoring or just any type professional advice giving. The tool simply connects two people and also has payment baked in. I can easily see this as something that I would use not to sell more one on one sessions, but basically the technology that connects and takes care of payment.
William Sulinski@williamsulinski
An awesome use case for this would be to add a link to transactional emails for my app inviting customers to a quick cust dev call to talk about new features and be able to easily compensate them for their time - can't wait to try.
Daniel Lang@daniellangnet
What a great idea! I can think of a dozen different use-cases where this payment model makes a lot of sense. I'd love to see a desktop/web version as well! @abenzer: will it be possible to save the videos? Just thinking about me taking accent-reduction classes over video-chat and wanting to watch the video again for practising
Warren ShaefferMakerHiring@wwshaef · Co-founder, Vidme
@daniellangnet Thanks! Video saving isn't available in this version, but it is on the roadmap :)