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May 16, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Danny Tomsett, Sir Richard Branson, Mark Christensen

Story and Images by Christopher Adam / New Zealand Herald

A meeting with Sir Richard Branson looks set to pay dividends for Auckland video conferencing start-up FaceMe.

Mark Christensen and Danny Tomsett, the North Shore-based company's chief executive and chief technology officer respectively, travelled to Adelaide last week to discuss their business plans with the billionaire founder of Virgin Group.

They got the chance to take part in the meeting after winning a business challenge competition last year.

Christensen said Branson had indicated there was scope for using FaceMe's technology within the Virgin Group, from its international call centres to its media and airline divisions.

"They'd be a great client to get on board," he said. "We talked a lot around use cases of FaceMe, in particular referencing those use cases into his [Branson's] business units."

Christensen said Branson was also keen to use FaceMe on Necker Island, the Caribbean island he owns.

"He gets interviewed a lot [on the island] and has a very poor performance on Skype," he said.

If Virgin Group was to use FaceMe's technology, it would become the company's biggest client.

After lengthy research and development, FaceMe - a browser-based video-conferencing system - hit the market in 2010.

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