Pesto is being discontinued on Nov 12 - read more here

The latest from Pesto

Sep 23, 2022

Discontinuing Pesto

We’re very sorry to announce that we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue Pesto. Pesto will continue to be active until Nov. 12, at which point your remaining subscription will be refunded and the product will be shut down.

Read more about what this means for users and customers in our blog post.

Jul 14, 2022

A/V Improvements

Pesto now performs better in conditions where there isn't enough bandwidth or the connection is unreliable. This should particularly help in cases where you have more people on a call or more cameras on. It also may help in a variety of other situations.

Roadmap update

We're working on some significant updates to Pesto, including customizable rooms and a redesigned "main office" view.

Read more in our roadmap update post.

Avatar design contest

What should we build for our next set of avatars?

We're running a contest in the Pesto community for you to help us decide. To join the community, reach out via the in-app support chat.


  • Smart bandwidth optimization on calls
  • Snappier actions (eg accepting a request)
  • Billing detail enhancements (see discounts and when they will expire)
  • Lots of roadmap items in internal alpha that we're excited to show you soon
  • 65 fixed bugs
Jun 2, 2022

Pricing is live

Our pricing plan and pricing page are live now.

Remember, the limits specified in the app won't be enforced until July 1, even if you overrun the 25,000 minutes.

All loyalty discounts should be applied automatically at checkout. If you want to see what discount you qualify for, please find it in the announcement.

If you don't see the correct discount at checkout or have questions / feedback about pricing, please let us know via the in-app support chat or [email protected] You can also request a meeting with us there to discuss your team's requirements.

Beta channel

We now have a beta channel, and our latest feature, sound reactions, is available for beta users.

You can opt into the beta channel:

  • Individually under "My User Settings" ➜ "Account" ➜ "User release track"
  • As a team under "Team Settings" ➜ "General" ➜ "Team release track"

Read more in our beta announcement post.

New desktop app

We've released a new desktop app, which is installed differently from our previous desktop app and therefore unfortunately requires manual installation. The new app lets us ship updates faster moving forwards.

We recommend manually migrating over as soon as convenient. We'll stop supporting the old app in a few weeks.

Learn more and follow our migration guide here.


  • Plans: manage your plan, including upgrading to Pesto's standard plan (thanks!)
  • Billing: manage your bills, see billing history
  • Beta channel, available on a per-user or per-team basis
  • Sound reactions, in beta
  • (New desktop app) installed as user rather than admin (no UAC prompts to update for Windows users)
  • (New desktop app) screen drawing fixes
  • (Mobile) app speed improvements
  • (Web/Desktop) Faster app load
  • (Mobile) optimize image loading to reduce bandwidth
  • (Internal) more admin features for diagnosing user reports of audio/video call drops
  • See team creation date in "Team settings" ➜ "General"
  • 42 fixed bugs
Apr 28, 2022

Pricing announcement

We're introducing our free and standard plans. This is a very important step for us to become a sustainable business that can serve you to the best of our abilities.

For more details, read the announcement.

M1 / Apple Silicon build (beta)

Our M1 build is now in beta. It's significantly faster than the Intel version on M1 Macs. Download it on our downloads page.

April avatar assets

In April, we celebrated Earth Day, Easter, and some community-requested pets. Assets are available in the store.


  • Pricing announcement
  • M1 build (beta)
  • Lofi rooms: now support custom Youtube URLs
  • Rich images in chat: can be fullscreened, downloaded, or linked
  • Screen drawing: now works on full screen apps in macOS
  • Chat: click on GIFs to pause them
  • 91 fixed bugs
Mar 4, 2022

No War

We've added a "No war" banner to push for peace in Ukraine. It's available for free in the store.

Also, our own Anna Kazannik is working with her aunt, who runs the Dobrobut medical school in Ukraine, to raise money for emergency medical operations for those wounded in the war. You can learn more and donate here.

SOC 2 Type 1 Compliance

We are in accordance with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) standards for SOC for Service Organizations (also known as SSAE 18). Achieving this standard with an unqualified opinion serves as third-party industry validation that Pesto provides enterprise-level security for customer’s data.

Read more here.

March avatar assets

In March, we celebrate cherry blossom season and St. Patrick's day. Assets are available now in the store.


  • No war asset
  • SOC-2 Type 1 compliance
  • March avatar assets
  • Internal: Migrated our build system to Vite
  • 67 fixed bugs
Feb 1, 2022

Pesto announces $5M in seed funding

We're thrilled to announce that Pesto has raised a $5M seed round led by Jett Fein and Jaja Liao at Headline with participation from Manu Kumar at K9 Ventures and many other awesome investors.

At Pesto, we envision a world where remote work is more effective and less lonely than the office, and this funding enables us to push that vision significantly further.

Read more in TechCrunch (also, read Doug's note)

New color scheme

We've recolored the app to be cleaner, more optimistic, and more visually consistent.

Waiting room

To improve security and the flow for guest users, Pesto now has a waiting room.

Whenever a guest attempts to enter your room, they will enter a waiting room in which they can customize their name and avatar. Meanwhile, you will receive a notification and can decide whether to admit them.

To see what this looks like, read the blog post.

February avatar items

We have much to celebrate in February including Black History Month, Lunar New Year, and Valentine's day.

To participate at your workplace, check out the following items in our avatar store.


  • New color scheme
  • Waiting room
  • February avatar items
  • Integrations now let you know when they are in an errored state
  • Internal: Migrated our codebase to TypeScript
  • Moved our Eastern Asia media datacenter from Taiwan to Tokyo
  • Fix: when one requests another and they accept, both parties will now enter according to their join defaults rather than pull defaults
  • Minor snappiness improvements
  • Clear indicator for how to accept audio permissions as a guest
  • 62 other bug fixes & polish tasks
Jan 6, 2022

Performance & Stability

We've implemented some recent fixes that have significantly improved performance and stability. We wanted to share what work we're doing in this area as we know many of you have experienced performance issues. Follow along at this blog post.

Cold Winter Is Back

Cold Winter, our seasonal team building game, is back for the next few months! You and your teammates are stuck in a bitter winter landscape where one of you is secretly the evil ice mage. Discover the ice mage before they freeze your entire team!

Win 100 points to unlock the magic ice wand. Learn how to play here.

Pesto's 2021 In Review

2021 was a huge year for Pesto! We grew from 2 to 8 people, launched mobile apps and new room types, brought our infrastructures in house, and rebranded to Pesto.

Read more about all the new features we added last year.

Thoughts & Tips

  • User Wish List Avatar Pack
  • Changelog

    • Cold Winter️
    • Significant improvement to in-app lagginess
    • Changed way data is sent to the client to dramatically reduce bandwidth usage
    • Fix periodic instability from API timeouts
    • Better deploy process without associated instability
    • 2 Memory leak fixes
    • Fix unnecessary rendering causing lag
    • User wish list avatar items
    • 21 unwelcome bugs and stability issues: Please keep the bug reports coming!
    Dec 1, 2021

    Pragli is now Pesto

    Pragli is now Pesto, the digitally native, authentically human workplace.

    Yes, it's like the pasta sauce. If you're curious, you can learn more about our rebrand here.

    With the rebrand, we're changing the format of our newsletter - we'll now ship whenever we have a release. All releases are also available at

    Real time sync engine

    We recently developed our own real-time sync engine to improve the scale, stability, and performance of our product. Learn more here.

    Thoughts & Tips


    • New static site
    • New in-app appearance
    • Winter avatar items ☃️
    • Fall avatar items 🍂
    • 65 unwelcome 🐞🐛🐜 and stability issues: Please keep the bug reports coming!
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