Friday, December 21st, 2012 .

UberCast with UberConference’s own Creative Director, Alex Cornell

How does one overcome creative block? Our Creative Director and cofounder here at UberConference, Alex Cornell went and asked the most creative and inspiring people he knew and wrote a book about it called Breakthrough!: Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination.

On top of being a new author, this Duke grad is also a musician, aridiculously talented videographer, maker of the Plancast penguin, and many other beautiful things on the web. Alex is a creative force! He’s also responsible for pretty much everything you see out of UberConference from our website design, logo, recently launched iPhone and Android apps and too many other things to list here. All from his creative mind! So he definitely knows a bit about creativity and block and how to overcome it. Here are a few tips he’s pocketed along the way:

1. Working in a fast-paced environment helps you eliminate unnecessary distractions or hurdles. We’re on fire over here at UberConference and this dude does quality work fast!

2. Make the stakes high. Alex recommends going somewhere, getting an expensive hotel and holing up for the weekend to just push through and do the work. You’ll be spending some money so you’re going to make it count.

3. If you find yourself stuck, let it go and come back to it later. Sometimes hurdles resolve themselves after a while.

4. Take a break. Walk around and clear your mind. It’s important to just step back a bit when needed.

5. Putting random sentences together in a book can help you come up with creative visualizations for campaigns or writing. Very effective at reworking the mind (there’s an example of how one does this exactly in the podcast).

Links mentioned:

ISO50 Blog

Get Alex’s new book “Breakthrough” on Amazon

*Also available at Barnes and Noble, Urban Outfitters and various independent bookstores.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 .

A couple of weeks ago, we announced with Google that our teleconferencing product, UberConference, was now integrated with Google Hangouts.  The response we got from that announcement was almost overwhelming.  Our biggest day of new customer signups-ever.

Which is great for us, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder.  But let’s step back a moment and answer the question: why is this a big deal for you?

Well, first of all, UberConference and Google Hangouts are just about perfect matches for one another.  Google Hangouts is a wonderful tool for video conferencing- it’s easy to use, and it works great, provided everyone is sitting in front of a computer that has a video camera, and your internet connection is solid.

But that’s not often the case with real life business calls.  Many times you have callers who are on the road, riding in the back of a cab to the airport, stuck in a hotel room with a bad internet connection or don’t have a webcam immediately available.  Or, frankly, don’t really want to be seen and are in no mood to get dressed at 5 a.m. in Los Angeles for an 8 a.m. conference call with New York.

Enter UberConference.  When you use UberConference with Google Hangouts, you can take the conference call out of the confines of the office and out into the real world where you, your coworkers and your customers are living and working and doing business.
Plus, UberConference allows you to join a Google Hangout without a webcam.  Or at least without turning on your webcam.

Then there’s the size of your conference calls.  Google Hangouts is limited to 15 participants.  By integrating with UberConference, that conference call can now add in another 100 participants.

The UberConference integration with Google Hangouts, however, was only part of the announcement.  At the same time Google also announced its Google Chromebox for meetings.

For small to medium-sized businesses, what’s not to love about this product?  Up until now, if your company did regular video conferencing, you were spending at least $10,000 on hardware for a video conferencing system.

What’s your investment cost with Google Chromebox for meetings?  About $1,500.  The Chromebox hardware package, which includes UberConference, is just under $1,000.  Buy yourself an HD TV for another $500, and you’re set.  You’ve got a complete video conferencing system for a fraction of the cost of existing systems.

And this is just the beginning of innovative, low-cost products we’re going to be rolling out for you.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 .

Las Vegas in the summertime is even hotter if you work in the IP communications industry. IT Expo is the conference to attend because it’s where IT decision-makers go to figure out which technologies are the up-and-comers, and how to best spend their budgets. Carriers, service providers, government agencies, enterprise companies, manufacturers and developers all come together at this big event.

On Wednesday and Thursday, UberConference CEO Craig Walker is speaking on two papnel talks, 5 Technologies Critical to the Future of Business and Service Providers: Smart Ecosystem Facilitators or Dumb Pipes?  Make sure to check them out if you are at the conference.

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From keynotes that include Apple founder Steve Wozniak, to killer sessions like “Battle In The Clouds,” as well as the WebRTC SchoolTraining and Certification program, IT Expo contains some of the year’s best communications technology content. To follow some smart telecommunications conversations, check out IT Expo on Twitter.

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 .

UberConference is launching its packaged app in the Chrome Web Store today. The app is an upgrade to the version that was previewed at Google I/O last May in San Francisco.  Google has worked closely together with UberConference to include it in this consumer preview of its Chrome Packaged App initiative.UberConference’s packaged app provides an updated user interface and makes it easy to start, schedule, and be notified about upcoming conferences – independent of the browser. Packaged apps benefit users by delivering the performance of standalone applications; instantaneous responsiveness, ability to be always-on in the background, and the simplicity of launching from the Start menu with the ease and convenience of the Chrome Web Store.The UberConference packaged app is available here in the Chrome Web Store.imageCurrently, the app is available for Windows users on Chrome. It should be available for Mac soon, and you can sign up on the Chrome Web Store to be notified when it becomes available.

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Friday, November 15th, 2013 .

dreamforce

Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s annual conference and celebration, is just around the corner.  We’re excited to be an official sponsor, previewingUberConference integration with Salesforce.Our Salesforce App, still in development, will make your meetings more productive, and save tons of time by allowing you to set up and manage conference calls from within Salesforce.Your team will be able to:

-Schedule conference calls with their Salesforce contacts
-See Salesforce and LinkedIn profile information within UberConference
-See a history of UberConference calls within Chatter, Contacts and Leads

Please stop by our booth (N2221) at Dreamforce. We’d love to meet you and show off our Salesforce integration.