Thursday, August 8th, 2013 .

This week, UberConference, Zendesk and Esna announced that they’re joining the Cloud Alliance. Other notable members include Insightly (CRM for Google Apps), Smartsheet (Apps-integrated project management), Yesware (Gmail productivity for sales) and LucidChart. The resellers in the UberConference Google Apps reseller program can connect you with the Cloud Alliance partners.

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“We’re thrilled to add Zendesk, Esna and UberConference to the Cloud Alliance,” said David Politis, Chairman of the Alliance and CEO of founding member, BetterCloud. “These companies are three of the most dynamic players in this space and we’re confident their contributions to the Alliance will help to further our agenda of advocating for Google Apps specifically and cloud technology in general.”

Google Apps has 5 million businesses as customers, including 66% of the Top 50 startups, and 72 of the Top 100 Universities.

The Google Apps software marketplace has exploded recently. Although there are hundreds of apps in the Google Apps store, a select group of trusted independent software vendors formed the Cloud Alliance, to serve the unique needs of I.T. administrators and Google Apps end-users.

In addition to key whitepapers on Google Apps administration and product demos, the Cloud Alliance website contains webinar replays and the First Annual Benchmark Report For Google Apps. It’s a must-have for any company that’s gone Google, or is even considering it.

Want to receive updates from the Cloud Alliance to learn how you can better meet the needs of your Google Apps users? Click here.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 .

The new technology track for Google Apps Partner Program provides customers with apps to help them run their businesses more efficiently, and as an early partner, UberConference is  recognized for its richly collaborative service.

This partnership means that we will be provided with technical, marketing and sales support to bring UberConference to a larger audience, and we are proud to announce that our first month of collaboration has been wildly successful.

Just four weeks ago, we announced our integration with Google Hangouts. Since launching the new Hangout App on February 6, UberConference has seen more than 100,000 customer installs and over 80,000 Hangouts with UberConference in just the first month.

“We’re excited about the new tech tracks for Google Apps Partner Program, which we anticipate will make our efforts more productive, give us even greater recognition as a top partner and accelerate our joint momentum with customers,” said UberConference CEO Craig Walker.

For more information about the technology track in the Google Apps Partners Program, please read the announcement here.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 .

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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…

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 .

Telecom technology review company Software Advice, recently put together a list of key findings regarding the way that employees utilize video and teleconferencing in the modern workplace. They spoke to over 389 workers on how they do remote meetings and what features and services they prefer.

Let’s break down the three key findings from the report:

 

1) Most employees surveyed used both audio and videoconferencing, with 39 percent relying “mostly” on audio conferencing and 31 percent using both equally.

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While videoconferencing is growing in popularity, we at UberConference believe that sharing can be done in a mutlitude of ways. While facial features and body language are an important component of video conferences, having a clear audio connection is the only way they can truly work.

 

2) Employees preferred videoconferencing for training and customer support contexts, and preferred audio conferencing for internal communications.

Our very own Hugo Romano, product manager for UberConference, was featured in the article explaining: “If you’re meeting a person for the first time, you need to see body language to understand how she or he communicates.” This is especially true when trying to walk someone through a product demonstration or support inquiry.

 

3) Employees liked the ease of setup that audio conferencing provides, while they liked the ability to read body language through videoconferencing.

Both features have their strengths and we believe UberConference, with screen sharing and document sharing capabilities can provide a rich end user experience.

Read the full report here.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 .

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With about 1,300 employees globally and headquarters located in Atlanta, Georgia, The Weather Company is perhaps best known for its American television staple, The Weather Channel. Owned as a joint venture between NBCUniversal and investment firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, the channel not only broadcasts weather forecasts and weather related news, but also features documentaries and entertainment programming related to weather. In addition to its programming on the cable channel, TWC also provides forecasts for terrestrial and satellite radio stations, newspapers, websites, and professional weather services. It also maintains an extensive online presence at weather.com and wunderground.com and through a set of mobile smartphone and tablet computer applications.

As of August 2013, The Weather Channel was received by approximately 99,926,000 pay television households (87.50% of households with a television) in the United States, making it the most common cable channel in the country.

TWC faced a business challenge that included providing a platform capable of holding the amount of people they needed on a conference bridge at a cost point that could actually scale with the business. As Nick Gardner, Senior Director of Internal Systems reflects, “We needed to be able to provide that solution to the number of employees that needs this ability on a daily basis. The amount of people in the company that need large conference bridges is very high because of different business units.”

When new employees join The Weather Company, the company holds IT training sessions to get everyone on board and show how easily their employees can go into Google Apps and UberConference to sign up for their free line. They also use Google Chromebox for meetings, where they use the UberConference integration with Google Hangouts.

“We rely heavily on Google Apps and UberConference for our day-to-day business,” Gardner said. “UberConference is one of the key pieces in our employee toolkit because it fits so nicely with Google, and it’s part of our forward-thinking technology plan.”

“UberConference usage and Google Hangouts usage across the company in general is very high,” Gardner said. “Drive and Hangouts are critical collaboration tools for us.”

The integration with Google was not the only benefit. After switching from their previous conference calling service, The Weather Company saved about 70%-75% of the cost with UberConference.

Employees are able to schedule their weekly meetings easily, and join them from anywhere. The mobile app adoption rate has been huge; it’s so much easier to get on calls on mobile devices because there isn’t a PIN number. “I request that anyone I ever have a conference call with uses my UberConference line,” Gardner said. “I’m on the road a lot, and don’t want to have to enter my PIN or punch in a bunch of random codes.”

Gardner also likes how easy UberConference is to use.

“The ease of use is also great,” he said. “Everyone gets into their calls a lot quicker

out the conferencing client. Speaking of saving time, I can set somebody up with a new conference bridge in a matter of minutes, instead of having to wait 48 hours (or sometimes more) with other services. The deployment process runs a lot more smoothly. That is a big deal to us as a fast-paced company. UberConference fills a huge gap for us and makes everyone more productive.”