Trailer For The Netflix Documentary “2020: The Year Of Zoom-Sanity”

Chris Baker
Chief Technology Officer, Zoom
Nobody could have predicted Zoom-sanity. I mean, at the time, we were just a team of five developers working out of a PetCo parking lot in Van Nuys. No one even knew where Van Nuys was back then, at least not in the Silicon Valley world anyway. We created Zoom (or Woof as it was originally called) as a way for dogs to video chat with one another while their owners were out. That was it. There was no greater vision beyond that. 

Caroline Hodgkin
Chief Product Officer, Zoom
We were told over and over again that video conferencing for dogs just didn’t make any sense. People laughed at us. And to top it off, we were running out of capital. So Timothy, our founder, resorted to selling feet pics on TikTok. That’s how bad it got. He doesn’t even have nice feet! We were literally on the verge of collapse when out of nowhere, a miracle happened: a global pandemic. On the second night of quarantine, Timothy calls me up, and I could hear the excitement in his voice despite the fact that all three of his grandmothers had just passed. He said, “What if we took our dog-to-dog video conferencing platform… and removed the dogs?” Boom. The rest is history.

Timothy Lee
Founder/CEO, Zoom
Competition? There was no competition. We were it. Period. Corporations, families, friends, celebrities, lovers, ex-lovers, the DEA, everyone was on Zoom (except for dogs). We were raking in ungodly amounts of cash. We literally spent every other weekend partying in Mykonos with Sean Penn, Lil Nas X, and the cast of Vanderpump Rules. There was definitely this sense of like, “In your face, motherf*ckers!” 

Francisco Lumain
Editor, The Verge
It’s difficult to describe just how big Zoom was. It was like if you rolled The Beatles, Justin Bieber, and K-POP all into one, stuffed it into a piñata, and set it on fire with a flamethrower. That’s how crazy it was. It was Zoom-sanity. 

Sanjit Kuhn
Marketing Director, Zoom
Emily Ratajkowski had our number. Just think about that. Emily Ratajkowski!

Monica Chang
Staff Writer, Wired Magazine
I mean, giving users the ability to swap their backgrounds with whatever they wanted? Genius. They broke every rule in the book. By accidentally including a feature originally intended to recreate the outdoors for indoor dogs, Zoom altered the landscape of video conferencing forever. Now, it’s impossible to join a business meeting without seeing someone lounging on a white sand beach or sitting on the Iron Throne. 

Isaac Guerrero
Intern, Zoom
We were constantly giving virtual product demos to massive groups of I.T. administrators. The demand was so great, we had to start selling tickets on Stubhub. There were even scalpers! I mean, some of these Zoom meetings had tens, if not hundreds of thousands of attendees screaming our names. Corporate tech directors would flash us on camera! We were rock stars. Sometimes, Timothy or whoever, would privately message me and say, “Attractive blonde, early 40s, wearing the corduroy button up, three rows down, second over from the left.” In gallery view, I’d find that person and privately message them, “Our CEO, Timothy, would love to meet you after the presentation.” It wasn’t just Timothy either. We all took picks. After the presentation, we’d split into our breakout rooms and like magic, there they’d be, waiting for us. It was fucking wild. 

Caroline Hodgkin
Chief Product Officer, Zoom
The drug-fueled nights, the virtual orgies, the alcohol deliveries from Postmates…. we were living like kings. At one point, we all became best friends with Dennis Rodman somehow. He would show up to every meeting bringing with him his special brand of debauchery. It was absolute pandemonium… and I loved every second of it. 

Chris Baker
Chief Technology Officer, Zoom
Looking back, even if Zoom-sanity had never happened, I think we’d still be working on Zoom. Or Woof. Whatever you wanna call it. The money, the glory, the fame… none of that was ever our intention. We did it because we love video conferencing technology. Years from now, when people are having face-to-face meetings again, we’ll still be here… fiddling with mute buttons. 

Timothy Lee
Founder/CEO, Zoom
I’m not sure what I would be doing if Zoom hadn’t become what it is today. And to be honest, I’m not even sure this is really what I want to do for the rest of my life. Sometimes I wish I could go back to being a nobody. One of my biggest fantasies is to just be able to walk down the street, you know, maybe to Wingstop or something, and not have anyone recognize me. That would be nice.

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