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.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 .

Gina Bianchini, CEO of MightyBell spoke to us at Failcon this past month on some of her biggest disasters in business (the flop when she was in charge at Ning, pivoting in several business ventures, and even her latest course change at MightyBell), but what stood out for most was her advice to women when they are in work meetings.

According to several studies, men and women who act the same and say the same exact thing are perceived in a completely different way. Gina says it’s no accident women try to be more demure and apologetic in work situations.

Some takeaways (for both genders):

  • Notice the other women in your office. Notice when they are being cut off. Speak up for them and ask that they be heard. Say, “Can we go back to what Chloe was saying? I’d really like to hear her finish on that.”
  • Make sure you are not dismissing someone based on their gender. Recognize your own gender bias.
  • If you want to make it in Silicon Valley, learn how to SELL! Women may not get the same credit as a male entrepreneur, according to Bianchini, but they can learn how to sell to the users and gain their funding straight from the source.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

MightyBell

Hauzz

Friday, March 14th, 2014 .

UberConference is a super proud sponsor of the SXSW VentureBeat and Buzzstarter Win30s contest, where startups compete for a chance to win investments, prizes, press and more by submitting their company video pitch and promoting it across all social media channels. Videos with the most votes and shares win.

We praise creativity here at UberConference, and can’t wait to see what each startup comes up with.

Fans can vote until Wednesday March 19th, and you can find the daily winners of Win30s at VentureBeat.com/tag/sxsw. Other category winners and the overall winner will be announced on Monday March 24th.

Best of luck to all those who enter!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 .

 

Meet Felix Wood. A relentlessly active 5th grader, he leaps, backflips and sprints through life. The iron chef of his family, he makes breakfast and dinner most days, delighting his three sisters and blowing up the kitchen. His favorites right now include marathon monopoly games, “all-the-sports” and his chameleon.

Felix visited his mom, Chelsea Wood, who works as a fabulous business development manager out of our North Carolina office and created this video for a project he’s working on. As a member of Duke’s TIP program for gifted students and Cub Scout he frequently works on enrichment projects.

Felix is a a Junior Olympian who has competed on several a competitive jump rope teams, he is currently working to become a ‘Skip-its Legend.’ Among a long list of requirements, he has to interview community leaders, demonstrate rigorous jump rope tricks and lead three community service projects. He chose to make lunches for Raleigh’s homeless, mentor inner-city children, and conduct a food drive for unemployed local families.

Watch this fantastic tour of our Raleigh office concluding with an interview with CEO Craig Walker. From Felix’s perspective, any company that can have “so much coolness” must have a team of geniuses at its helm. He asked Craig ‘what it feels like to have achieved telephony world domination’.

Great job highlighting what a fun place UberConference is, Felix! You are well on your way to legend status!

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.