Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 .

Gina Bianchini, CEO of MightyBell spoke to us at Failcon this past month on some of her biggest disasters in business (the flop when she was in charge at Ning, pivoting in several business ventures, and even her latest course change at MightyBell), but what stood out for most was her advice to women when they are in work meetings.

According to several studies, men and women who act the same and say the same exact thing are perceived in a completely different way. Gina says it’s no accident women try to be more demure and apologetic in work situations.

Some takeaways (for both genders):

  • Notice the other women in your office. Notice when they are being cut off. Speak up for them and ask that they be heard. Say, “Can we go back to what Chloe was saying? I’d really like to hear her finish on that.”
  • Make sure you are not dismissing someone based on their gender. Recognize your own gender bias.
  • If you want to make it in Silicon Valley, learn how to SELL! Women may not get the same credit as a male entrepreneur, according to Bianchini, but they can learn how to sell to the users and gain their funding straight from the source.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 .

Last week, we began our analysis of the eleven types of people who can ruin a perfectly good teleconference.  We looked at the Repeating Everything Everyone Else Already Said Guy and the Irrelevant Topic Gal.  These are about two of eleven types Conference Call Ruiners have identified in my academic research.  (Please note my credentials: I am ABD (all but dissertation) at the University of Duluth (France) in Human Behavior, so I think I can confidently state I AM an expert.

Today we’re going to look at the Completely Unrelated Anecdote Guy and the Hello? Is This Thing Working? Gal.

First up: the Completely Unrelated Anecdote Guy. At first, this type can be charming.  He’s got a million great stories: his life on the high seas as a crab fisherman, the years he spent in minor league hockey, cutthroat tales on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Oh, I could go on and on.  And so could he.

Here’s how this thing sort of plays out:

CALLER 1: Now as far as the language in Hold Harmless sections here.

CALLER 2: It’s fairly standard language.

CALLER 1: And that’s our problem –

COMPLETELY UNRELATED ANECDOTE GUY: Did I ever tell you guys about the wrestling match I was in in the Phillipines back in 1979?

CALLER 1: What?!  What does that have to do with what we’re talking about?

COMPLETELY UNRELATED ANECDOTE GUY: Well, we’re talking about holds here, right?  Let me tell you, I was working the professional circuit in those days.  Very popular character: Uncle Sam the Hammer.  Patriotic type.  Striped pants.  Red, white and blue outfit.  Top hat.  Although in the Phillipines, the Uncle Sam the Hammer character was a villain.  Anyway, one particularly steamy night in Manila –

CALLER 2: Excuse me, but what does this have to do with the Hold Harmless language?

COMPLETELY UNRELATED ANECDOTE GUY: I’m talking about a hold that wasn’t harmless.  In fact, I’ve problems with regular urination since then.

CALLER 1: Eeeeww!  Get out you.  Hang up on him.

COMPLETELY UNRELATED ANECDOTE GUY: I was at a hanging once.

The Completely Unrelated Anecdote basically is a narcissist. They are staring into every situation and seeing themselves. In the Greek myth of Narcissus, Narcissus was so enamoured of themselves as he stared into his reflection in a pond and then fell in and drown.

Similarly, the best way to manage this person on a conference call is to let them know two things:

1. If they tell one more anecdote, they will be hung up on.
2. You’re not kidding.

They will respond thusly: “Sorry. You know, I worked in the merchant marine once with a guy who had a million stories.”

Once this happens, you will hang up on the person. When they call back in, remind them you weren’t kidding. And that you have one finger on the hangup button on their line.

We now come to the Hello? Is Thing Working? Hello? Gal.

The answer is: Yes. Yes, it’s working. Stop asking that question. We all know you can hear us. Stop pretending. It goes like this:

CALLER 1: Okay, as far as Thursday’s agenda,

HELLO GAL: Hello? Hello?

CALLER 2: Yeah, Denise. We hear you.

HELLO GAL: Is this thing working?

CALLER 1: Yes, it’s working. Now, as far as Thursday–

HELLO GAL: Can you all hear me?

CALLER 2: Yes, we can hear you.

HELLO GAL: I can hear you guys. But can you hear me? Hello?

CALLER 1: YES!  WE CAN HEAR YOU!

HELLO GAL: Gosh, Bob, you don’t have to yell.

CALLER 1: Good. Thursday’s agenda will have–

HELLO GAL: Hello? I think I just lost the connection. Are you all there?

At this point, things are about to turn ugly. What all of you could do is start yelling at her. But what does that get you? Nothing, my friends. Here’s what you all do. Sit perfectly still for a minute, all of you. Nobody moves or makes a sound.

She’ll keep asking if you’re and when you don’t respond, she’ll think she’s lost the call. She’ll hang up and you’re in the clear. You can finish the call without her.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 .

Last week it was great being back at TechCrunch Disrupt, this time in San Francisco. We met a lot of great folks, talked more about our newÜberConference Pro service, and got back on stage as the previous winners to give an update on ÜberConference and pass on the Disrupt Cup to the new champs, YourMechanic.TechCrunch TV was on hand for an in depth interview to dig into everything to do with UberConference, which we hope to see soon, and here is another video of us returning the trophy.

All in all it was a great event and we really enjoyed being back part of it. The startup world is alive and well and we had a great time hanging with all the great companies there. Thanks to everyone that stopped by the booth, and congrats again to Chenyu for winning our iPhone 5 giveaway.

Here are some shots from the event:

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 .

At UberConference, we know teamwork requires effective collaboration. One of our favorite collaborative tools is Dropbox. Thanks to Dropbox’s simple document storing and sharing, millions of professionals collaborate easily and efficiently. We at UberConference share a focus on simplicity and ease of use and often look to Dropbox for inspiration in our ongoing efforts to make things simple.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that Dropbox’s document sharing is available on UberConference. You can now share any document stored in a Dropbox account with all the participants on your UberConference call.

While on an UberConference, any participant on the call can share a Dropbox document by clicking the “Share Files” button on the visual dashboard. Once they have chosen a file to share, it appears in the conferencing window where everyone has access to it.

 

So give it a try, it’s available in your account right now, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 .

Just in time for Christmas. The brand new UberConference Android app has hit the Google Play store. We’ve created this and the brand new iPhone app with some great features.

First, the app finds the contacts already in your Android and adds them into your conference call for you.
You just click on the person’s name to add them to the call.

Notice you can add several of your contacts to the call at once. You can also instantly dial out to everyone who should be on the conference call with you.

UberConference will dial all numbers associated with the person you select.

Make an Instant Conference Call
Creating calls is lightening fast! Just choose who you want to invite and click “Start a New UberConference”. That’s it! The system will automatically call participants to join the call right then. At the end of each call you’ll receive a summary with interesting stats.

Just Sign In or Sign Up
Signing in is super easy. If you have already signed up through the website you can just sign in with the same email and password (or your social media profile of choice) to the Android app. Signing up on the app is easy to do, too. Never used UberConference before? Just put in the email and password you want and then choose the social networks you’d like to connect with.

Connect Multiple Accounts Inside the App
UberConference is integrated with all of the major social networks. Just click on any participant on the call and bring up their information from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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While on an UberConference call, you have access to an array of in-call controls. As the conference creator you can mute, hang up, block or “earmuff” selected participants at any time during the call. You can also start and stop call recordings.

Download now!

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