Monday, March 3rd, 2014 .

unnamedLinda Beltran is UberConference’s very own Customer Support Representative. She is an asset to our entire company and her spunk and personality is legendary to our customers and team. Last week, Linda posted a video of her son (also a big personality) and it went viral.

 

Q: Please introduce yourself to the UberConference blogosphere.

 A. My name is Linda and I am the mother of 3-year-old Matthew and his little brother Kevin (aka PaPas).

Q: You posted a video last week that’s gone a little viral. Tell us about it.

A. Like all my other videos, I initially posted this one to share with friends and family. Well, they happened to share it, and the people they shared it with shared it, and so on.  I’ve always said Mateo is an old soul. The kid definitely keeps us on our toes, and this video depicts him, well, accurately.

If Mateo feels the need and has a valid argument, he will be sure to voice it. He felt he didn’t need to eat dinner since he already had lunch, and that cupcakes were a suitable compromise.

Q: Mateo wanted a cupcake? Throw down the scenario.

A. On this particular night, I went to Gramma’s house to pick him up. Gramma told me he didn’t want to eat his dinner. I let Matthew know that we would not be having a fun night unless he ate his dinner. He found some hidden cupcakes and was on a mission to have them. After a back-and-forth of “Mommy pleassseee can I have them?” and me telling him not until he had dinner, he decided to wait until I wasn’t paying attention to use those cute eyes of his on Gramma, which was not-so-secretly hilarious.

Mommy’s spidey-sense kicked in, I grabbed my phone and thought, “Let’s see where this goes.” Gramma and I had to keep a straight face. The end result was the video. He was unaware the camera was on as I was pretending to ignore him and be busy with the phone.

Q: Why does Mateo call you Linda?

A. This summer we went on a family trip to a theme park.  We came across a lost boy, who could not for the life of him tell us his name or parents’ names. We felt horrible, and as we handed him over to park staff we realized we’d never really told our boys what our names were–they only knew us as Mommy and Daddy. We didn’t want them to ever be in the same situation and not know our names, so we taught them, and they quickly learned. This made Mateo feel a little empowered.

For the most part we are still Mommy and Daddy,  but when he is serious and wants to make sure we are paying attention, we quickly become Linda and Kenneth.

 Q: When is Mateo going to visit the UberConference office?

A. Funny you mention that. Since the video has been out, we’ve been asked by numerous friends and family members if he can stop by their offices, as requested by co-workers who saw the video. They even offered to bake him cupcakes.

Let me check his busy schedule and I will get back to you on that!

Q: If  Mateo was going to be on a conference call, who would it be with?

A. If it were up to mom, Ellen DeGeneres. If we ask Mateo, he could have a pretty serious conversation with Batman, Spiderman AND Superman. Wait, I can’t forget Ironman and the guy with the ice that goes sswwooossshhh. That would be good.

Mateo is quite a tough cookie.

He is, but I want everyone to know that he isn’t disrespectful. In an effort to raise independent young adults, we let our children have a voice. I’m a new parent and I’m learning as much from my kids as they are learning from me. The arguing started way before Mateo could talk–he would let us know he didn’t like certain shoes or clothes with his baby blabber. I love seeing a little more of their personalities as they grow. Mateo has his own spunk and is becoming his own little person. I love that about him. The boys know when mom is serious and when they can engage in some healthy debate. In an effort to raise my kids with a voice, I pick my battles and sometimes let them feel like they’ve won…or at least give them the chance to try. 🙂

Monday, October 15th, 2012 .

Spreading your nasty germs around the office is a great way to upset your coworkers. But for some reason people still come into work when sick. They may just not have the time off, feel obligated to be there for the big meeting or perhaps just can’t get enough of their cubicle?…Whatever the reason, don’t be that guy/gal!

Seriously, stay home.

You can still get your work done, rock the big meeting and keep everyone else happy with the mighty power of today’s conference calling technology.

Here are 3 tools we recommend:

  1. ÜberConference (obvi) – our free conference call tool provides the audio solution for your meeting as well as the visuals so you know who’s saying what on the call.
  2. GoogleDocs or Box.net both let you share your PowerPoint or other presentation documents with your coworkers.
  3. For note-taking and audio-saving capabilities, well, we DO integrate with Evernote so that one is an obvious choice.

What we’re saying here is that there is ZERO need to come in. So stay home, rest up, take some zinc and still get your work done.

Talk it over with your boss or coworkers if you have to, but if they care anything about their own health, they’ll likely thank you forconferencing it in.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 .

We are happy to announce today the UberConference Google Apps Reseller Program. UberConference is a next generation audio conferencing service with a unique, visual interface. UberConference’s new channel partner program will be launching with Premier Enterprise Google Apps resellers SADA SystemsDitoSheepdogLTech andAgosto as its principal partners.

“Partnering with these world class resellers to drive end user adoption was an easy choice” said Craig Walker, CEO and co-founder of Firespotter Labs. “They have a unique combination of qualities – excellent reputations, a strong customer focus, leadership that demonstrates vision, and deep market penetration. Our launch resellers lead by example as the drivers of cloud-based services adoption and we are thrilled to be working with them.”

With its unique, visual interface, UberConference shows participants who’s on a call and who’s speaking at any given moment, and gives all participants access to every other participant’s Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook public social profiles. Features such as recording, dialing out to participants and earmuffs, which allow for sidebar conversations, as well as file sharing through Evernote, are easy-to-use. UberConference continues to introduce features that help businesses be more productive at significantly lower cost, and is investing resources in spreading the word through this reseller channel.

“At SADA Systems, we pride ourselves on bringing innovative cloud based solutions to our current and prospective customers,” said Tony Safoian, president and CEO of SADA Systems. “We are delighted to be partnering with UberConference as their offering fits our profile perfectly.”

Since its beta launch in May 2012, UberConference has significantly expanded its offerings, rolling out its premium service (UberConference Pro), and its enterprise product (UberConference Business), as well as mobile apps available for both iPhone and Android. With the launch of the reseller program, UberConference will increase its ability to engage enterprise customers and to deliver a much needed conference calling cloud solution for Google Apps customers.

Interested resellers should contact Dwight Foster atdwight@uberconference.com.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 .

Jeanne DeWitt

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Chief Revenue Officer, Jeanne DeWitt. Jeanne comes to our team with extensive enterprise sales experience as the former Director of Google Apps SMB Sales for North & Latin America. At UberConference, Jeanne will oversee the marketing and sales departments, developing the overall go-to-market plan and growth strategy.

DeWitt joins UberConference following more than ten years with Google where she ran new business acquisition sales teams, as well as direct and channel sales in both the North & Latin America and the Japan & Asia Pacific regions.

DeWitt’s post in the Harvard Business Review today is especially pertinent entitled “5 Tips for New Team Leaders”. Her five tips summarized:

Over-communicate. Be as open and transparent about what you’re thinking as quickly as possible.

Ask questions. Being genuinely excited about the opportunity to learn and understand what’s going on within the company builds credibility, and generally makes you more approachable.

Figure out what people really want to do. It’s often the case that the role the individual is in today isn’t necessarily fully utilizing their skills or motivating them to be their absolute best.

Get your hands dirty. Spend time doing the work that your team actually does.

Be decisive. Once you have a good lay of the land, explicitly lay out your vision and then plan to start moving toward it.

To read the full piece, visit today’s Harvard Business Review. We are very excited to welcome Jeanne to this pivotal role at UberConference!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 .

UberConference and Enplug: using visual displays to connect in a new way.

Enplug digital signage is one of the youngest and fastest growing startups in Silicon Beach. They were founded in 2012 and are currently in over 100 cities with around 35 employees. They are in over 400 venues with clients including Audi, Porsche, Marriott, Supperclub, WeWork and Amoeba music.

Enplug’s Plug and Play mini device turns any TV or digital display into an interactive and real-time marketing tool for businesses. After plugging the device into a TV, businesses choose from a wide-array of apps to display including live social media walls, live weather, live news and more.

Their most popular app is the Live Social Wall, which allows businesses to display a real-time feed of any hashtag or username from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare, and Yelp.

Businesses can control their Enplug displays from the ‘Enplug Control’ app, available on any smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

Their company, with employees all over the world traveling to onboard new systems, is constantly on the go. They needed a solution that would help them maintain efficiency and was in tune with their focus on design.

“One of the coolest things we do is turn our Enplug displays around the office — which we have about 30 of — into UberConference displays for sales, marketing, engineering, and operations meetings,” said Ryan Gushue, Director of Marketing at Enplug. “We attach a camera to them so people calling in can feel like they are here, in the meeting. With Enplug displays on every major continent, and only 35 employees, the ability to effectively communicate regardless of distance is essential for our growth.”