Monday, April 8th, 2013 .

Ever wanted to dance all night with the team from your favorite visual conference call service? Want to meet hundreds of cool people from the Bay Area startup scene, while overlooking a stunning view of the San Francisco Bay?Next Friday night at 8pm, it’s all happening at One Ferry Plaza, on the San Francisco waterfront. And we’re bringing a ton of goodies (American Apparel t-shirts and bottle openers) to the party.When UberConference received the call from our buddy Vasil Asarov, at StartupMonthly and The Online Marketing Institute, we knew this was a party we didn’t want to miss.Here’s the “agenda” for the evening:

  • 8pm-10:30pm – Startup showcase
  • 10:30 – Remember Your Networking Contacts: Special Presentation with U.S. Memory Champion, Chester Santos – “The International Man of Memory”
  • 12:00am-12:30am – Special performance by Zaika, a poi dancer(yes, that’s a Russian fire dancer)
  • 10:00pm-2am – Dance music and party with our DJs (Top 40 / Euro / Int’l House)

We’re giving a $10 UberConference gift card – a promo code good for one free month of UberConference Pro – to every single person who comes to the event, and you can get a cool 30% discount on your ticket, just use the discount code UC30.

The $20 ticket price is cut down to $14 – after your discount code, and every attendee will receive the $10 gift card by email.

 

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 .

chrome-storeUse Chrome? If not, you don’t know what you are missing. Chrome is a great browser for speed, security, ease of use and it offers the flexibility to integrate apps like ÜberConference right into Chrome. Installing theÜberConference Chrome app is simple, and lets you click to visit ÜberConference when you open a new tab in your browser.

To get the app, just visit the Chrome Web Store and search for UberConference. After installing the app, you will see the ÜberConference logo appear in the Apps view of Chrome.

Monday, February 24th, 2014 .

We’re an innovative company so we made an innovative hire.  We’ve hired a comedy writer.

Meet David Raether, the newest member of our Marketing and Communications group. Raether, 57, has had a varied and, well, let’s just say “interesting” career prior to joining UberConference. A graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, with a degree in English and philosophy, Raether worked as a newspaper journalist in the Upper Midwest for several years, and then he lived in Mexico and taught English in a high school there for a while. Or at least that’s what he’s telling us.

In the 80s, Raether joined computer trade magazine publisher IDG at their division in Peterborough, NH, as a publishing executive, where he was involved in the launch of nearly a dozen magazines.  After eight years there, he reconnected with an old Minneapolis friend, the comedian and actor Tom Arnold, and joined the writing staff of “Roseanne.”

Raether was a writer on 111 episodes of that ground-breaking comedy.  During his years on the show, “Roseanne” received several Emmys, a Golden Globe, and the prestigious George Foster Peabody award.  In 2012, Entertainment Weekly magazine named the Roseanne writing staff as one of the Ten Greatest Writing Rooms in television history.

In addition to “Roseanne”, Raether wrote for programs on HBO, CBS, ABC, the WB, along with pilot development for studios such as Sony, Castle Rock, and Universal. He also did feature film rewrite work for a wide variety of pictures, ranging from “Homeward Bound II” (the movie with the talking dogs and cat) to the searing Oliver Stone-produced drama “Savior” about the civil war in Bosnia. In the years following the end of his television and film career, Raether specialized in content creation and editing for a number of companies, including several Bay Area startups.

In 2013, he published a highly-regarded memoir, “Tell Me Something, She Said.”  A portion of that book was excerpted in an essay on the San Francisco-based website, Priceonomics.com.  The essay, “What It’s Like to Fail”, about his post-television years, attracted wide attention and was named one of the “Five Best Essays of 2013” by LongForms.org.  Portions of the book also have been excerpted on Salon.com and The Good Men Project’s website, as well as being featured in an upcoming edition of the Times of London magazine.

In fact, our CEO, Craig Walker, happened to read “What It’s Like to Fail” and found it compelling and brought Raether in for an interview as a writer for the company.  And now we’re stuck with him because he keeps showing up and it’s just too uncomfortable to ask him to stay home.

Raether has eight grown children, and lives in Berkeley, CA.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 .

We’ve heard a lot of requests from developers who are interested in integrating with UberConference, and we’re excited to announce that the UberConference API is finally available in a closed beta!

There are so many awesome productivity tools out there, and integrating them with quick and simple UberConference conference calls can make our workdays that much more efficient. We’re officially beginning to accept API integration requests, starting with our first integration with Kato.im.

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Kato.im is a powerful, free chat and messaging app designed for business. Kato allows users to chat, share files and communicate across internal and external teams. While Kato.im provides fast team communication, sometimes conversations need to be taken from a chat room to a conference call.

To solve this, Kato.im built UberConference into the product so users can instantly connect to a conference call, share their screen, or collaborate on files directly from their chat room. With this integration, two awesome products have come together for an integrated team communication experience.

Here’s how it works:

katoimuberconferenceAfter starting the conference, a message similar to this one will appear in the room:

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Clicking on the link in the message or dialing the number will guide everyone directly to the conference.

 

If you’d like to get access and build an UberConference integration, we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at feedback@firespotter.com with your integration idea and company details.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 .

Hold the phone! …or maybe that should be hold the browser! Now you can make a phone call  with your computer. New WebRTC technology lets you call anyone with just a click in your Google Chrome browser.  It’s simple, high quality audio and it’s free! This is great for allowing international participants to join your conference calls without calling a U.S. phone number. It also means you can use ÜberConference from anywhere in the world by calling in through the web.

Wait, what’s WebRTC? It means Web Real Time Communications. ÜberConference is one of the earliest adopters of this new technology that allows you to call anyone, anywhere in the world right from your computer instead of your phone.

Here’s how to join an ÜberConference call using WebRTC technology straight from Chrome:

1) Schedule a conference right now or in the future by clicking the “New Conference” button. Add participants for the conference and any advanced settings and click “Create Conference”.

2) When entering the conference page (either directly taken there if the conference is now, or when the conference starts) a popup will display your connection options. From here you can choose to connect from your computer by selecting the option and hitting ok.

3) Chrome will then ask if you want to allow ÜberConference to use your microphone, from here if you have multiple microphones you can select the one you want to use.

4) Sit back and let ÜberConference connect you to your conference.

That’s it! Now you can have conference calls with anyone, anywhere in the world right from your Chrome browser using ÜberConference.

Note – The other conference call participants in your call are able to connect via their computer as well, when they receive the notification about the conference they can navigate to the URL given to them and choose to connect the same way you did.

Both CEO Craig Walker and Head of Telephony T.R. Missner will be speaking at the WebRTC Conference and Expo, November 27-29, in South San Francisco. If you are thinking of going, you can get a 25% discount with this link.