Thursday, August 30th, 2012 .

disrupt2012

Ah, it’s that time of year again. The air is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to fall, football is coming soon to fill the weekends, and TechCrunch is having another Disrupt conference. Here at ÜberConference we have a very soft spot in our hearts for TC Disrupt. It was just a little over 3 months ago that we took the stage at TC Disrupt NY 2012 and came away with the first place prize and trophy. The entire experience was a blur as we were racing to get the product ready to launch, preparing for the Startup Battlefield, flying the entire team cross country, etc. The time since Disrupt has been pretty crazy as well, as we scrambled to welcome a rush of users, added a bunch of new features, and more. So taking a step back, and catching our breath, we’re really happy about how things have progressed here at ÜberConference in the last 90 days since Disrupt NY.

First and foremost, we’ve done a LOT with the product. You can now create instant conferences, hold an IM conversation during the conference, make an ÜberConference “private” to invited participants, and view an ÜberConference call without having to create an account. There are also deeper integrations with calendars for easier scheduling and Evernote for rich call summaries, as well as many other little improvements. We’re even more excited about all the things we have in the works that are coming out soon.

The other major news was the addition of Andreessen Horowitz as an investor and having Blake Krikorian join our Board. These guys are amazing investors and great partners and we’re extremely happy to be part of both the Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures families.

Also, we’re hiring like crazy. We’ve added many great folks in the last few months, and are always looking for more. IOS developer lead? We’re looking for you…you too Android lead. Other SWEs, please come on by for a beer and a chat. We’d love to meet you.

So, in summary, we’re thrilled to be returning to Disrupt. We’ve got a booth there, some cool schwag to give out, new features to demo, and lots of friends to meet. Come visit us at our booth or afterwards for a beer. We’ll be there the whole time.

There is the one little thing of needing to track down what we did with the TechCrunch Disrupt trophy. We’re supposed to give it back on the last day of Disrupt, but with all the excitement, aren’t sure exactly where it is at the moment. I’m sure it will show up…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 .

Conference calls usually are a pain. One of the things I hate the most is having to enter a long PIN followed by a pound sign to join a call. It’s nearly impossible when you’re driving or dialing in from your mobile phone to go back and forth from your email or calendar app to the phone dialer to enter them. They’re painful, and we think there’s a better way.

With ÜberConference we have a “no PIN” solution. When you create your ÜberConference account, you enter all the phone numbers you might be dialing in from (home, cell, office, etc.). The only time you’ll ever need to enter a PIN to join one of your conferences is if you dial in from any number other than the ones on your profile. This is great for you, but what about the other callers? Basically, we treat all the other callers the same way. If you invite somebody to a conference call, they’ll need no PIN and will be automatically added so long as they dial in from a number that you have for them in your address book. This is a great reason to sign in with your Google account or to upload your address book once you’ve joined ÜberConference (it makes it easy for us to identify your callers based on their caller ID).

Of course some people love entering PINs…otherwise why would they put up with it? I was invited to a conference call through another provider today, and I kid you not, there was a 9 digit PIN to get into the conference…and it was shared with everybody on the call. Were there really 900 million other calls going on at that time that would force me to use a 9 digit PIN? C’mon!

Since we hate PINs so much, you may be asking why we provide them to our users…good question. First, you will need it if you call in from some unknown number to keep your conference secure. Second, you may not know everyone needed for the call, so PINs can be shared with people not invited directly. Hopefully after that first amazing UberConference though, everybody will sign up for their own account and not ever need a PIN again 🙂

We’re working on some other features to make joining calls even easier. Soon you’ll be able to have UberConference dial out to all the people you want on the call at the time of your call. All they’ll have to do is answer the call and press 1 to join the UberConference. Sweet, right?

If you have any other suggestions or thoughts, feel free to shoot us a note at ideas@uberconference.com and we’ll be sure to think about them.

Monday, August 13th, 2012 .

At ÜberConference, making sure you have the best possible experience on every call is very important to us. Call quality is a main priority for us, and we’re always monitoring and measuring quality metrics and testing out different configurations, partners, and settings. As we get close to exiting our beta period, we have made some significant improvements to our service, and will be migrating users to our newest platform. We have started emailing users about this transition and most will get a new ÜberConference number assigned to them as part of this process. Everything else should be the same. You’ll just use a different number to dial into, and ÜberConference should be even better!