Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 .

How to Network Like a Boss – Cass Phillips, San Francisco’s event queen, gives us some great tips on how to command a crowd on the first UberCast

So we’ve gone and started an UberConference podcast. We call it the UberCast. Using the power of our technology, we’ll interview some of the best and brightest minds in business to help you go about yours. First up is a name widely known in any Silicon Valley startup circle, Cass Phillips. 

You wouldn’t know it if you saw her in action, but Cass Phillips, owner of the popular event blog Web Wallflower, is actually an introvert. This can be a crippling trait for any business owner who needs to reach the right people at networking conferences. Lucky for you, she shares all her insider secrets on how to talk to anyone, become an influencer and connect with the crowd at any event.

Key Networking Tips:

  • People love to talk so really try to listen.
  • Add to the conversation with insight. Challenge the person you are having a conversation with. Be authentic!
  • Learn to be excited for others.
  • Carry an empty glass with you in case you need to duck out of a stale or unproductive convo.
  • Be honest, but only if you feel brave. If you are not truly interested in what the person has to say it’s okay to let them know you are not the right person to talk to. You can also politely offer to keep your eyes and ears open for someone they would want to connect to.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 .

The Cloud Awards have officially announced UberConference as the winner of Most Promising Start-Up 2014.

Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson said: “The standard of entries in this year’s cloud computing awards was not just high. It was in the stratosphere, with astronomical competition. We are extremely pleased to endorse UberConference as a cloud services provider disrupting business models and leveraging cloud technologies.”

Congratulations to all other winners and nominees. We are extremely proud to win Most Promising Start-Up and on behalf of UberConference, we are excited to innovate in the year ahead.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 .

We have been taking care of business at ÜberConference this past month…literally!  It’s exciting to announce a set of new features that further optimize how UberConference can be used across businesses and organizations.  We launched ÜberConference for Google Apps, rolled out toll free ÜberConference numbers, and now offerÜberConference Business accounts.

If your business is like ours and you have different conference callsgoing on at the same time, you probably need more than one ÜberConference account.  With ÜberConference Business, you can sign up for multiple ÜberConference Pro accounts at once.  It’s simple to manage all the billing in one place, and you can control who has access to your organization’s ÜberConference accounts.  It’s as easy as managing email accounts for your domain.

When you sign up, you can select the number of accounts you need and the type of accounts you would like. It’s $10 a month for each local dial in number account and $20 a month for toll free numbers. Both options include all the ÜberConference Pro features.

Once you have your accounts, you can assign them to people in your organization by entering their email addresses.  Emails will be sent with the basic instructions and a link for choosing an account name, password, and dial in number.  The admin panel also makes it simple to reassign accounts if a person leaves the account or add and delete accounts depending on how many you need over time.

If you use Google Apps, don’t forget to check out the UberConference App in the marketplace. It makes it even easier for people in your company to use ÜberConference from the More link in your corporate Gmail and Google Apps.

Are there ways we can make ÜberConference even better for your business?  We’d love to hear from you. We are also happy to help you get started or with any questions you have on the right solution for your company. Just shoot us an email at sales@uberconference.comand we’ll get back to you right away.

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, April 7th, 2014 .

UberConference teamed up with Friends of the Urban Forest to plant trees along Treat Street this weekend as a part of a community wide Mission planting. Over eighty volunteers from around the city came together to plant 72 trees in the Mission.

Friends of the Urban Forest helps neighborhoods in SF plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens. This “green infrastructure” improves the city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, and reducing polluted stormwater runoff. Since 1981, the group has planted more than 48,000 trees, totaling 43% of the city’s street tree canopy.

Fuf group trees trees