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. 🙂

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

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 .

We’re excited to announce a totally redesigned UberConference! Our new interface makes conference calls even easier. Best of all, absolutely no PINs are required for Pro users and their guests.

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  • No PINs: For Pro accounts, now there’s no PIN required for anyone in your meeting. For Basic (free) accounts, the meeting organizer dialing-in from their own phone still doesn’t need a PIN.
  • Better security: As always, our visual interface lets you be sure who is and isn’t on your call. No need to worry if someone is still there from your last call or ask “who just joined?” Now you can “lock” and unlock calls whenever you want to prevent others from joining. Simply click the lock icon, or press ## on your phone to lock and unlock.
  • Free New interface: It’s even easier to schedule and host instant calls. Your online conference room is now totally redesigned with many usability improvements.
  • Free call recordings: With this update, even Basic account holders are able to record and share meeting recordings.
  • Mobile apps: Experience our new fully featured Android app(iPhone coming soon). Now easily schedule future conferences in addition to instant conferences while you’re on the go.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 .

#techplantssf-uberconference#techplantssf-treeplanting-sanfrancisco-tech

UberConference is proud to announce our partnership with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) for #TechPlantsSF. The goal of this effort is to involve members of the Bay Area tech community in improving San Francisco greenery. SF has only 13.7% tree canopy coverage, ranking 17th among the 20 most populous U.S. cities. Trees are a vital part of what makes the urban ecosystem work, and UberConference is committed to improving the community in which we live and work. We carry this passion into our partnership with FUF.

Friends of the Urban Forest has cared for San Francisco’s trees since 1981. Their mission is to promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of San Francisco’s green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 47,000 trees, totaling 43% of San Francisco’s street tree canopy.

The team at UberConference first became involved with FUF this April at a neighborhood tree planting. Joined by partners at Google, Twitter, Dropbox, YouTube, and Yammer, employees from our team are inspired to help the non-profit raise money and awareness for their mission. If you are interested in participating in this great program, visit the official #TechPlantsSF website to donate and learn more about the initiative.

There will be a welcoming reception on September 3rd hosted by our friends at Twitter. (RSVP by August 26th if you are interested in attending.)

Monday, December 17th, 2012 .

Visual conference calls on your phone? There is an app for that. And it’s free!
imageWe are excited to announce the release of iPhone and Android apps for UberConference.   The new apps have the cool features that make UberConference great for conference calls, and are specifically designed for the mobile experience.  It’s simple to keep track of your calls, create instant conferences on the fly, and run conferences smoothly wherever you are, right from your phone.

Creating an instant conference from your phone has never been easier. With the UberConference mobile apps, it’s simple to add the people you already have in your contacts to get started.  UberConference will send out all the details, and there’s even the option to have the app dial out to all the participants automatically to join them into the call. No need to worry about anyone missing the message or forgetting the call.  This dial out feature is part of UberConference Pro, but it’s free with the mobile apps.

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There are a number of useful call control features at your fingertips when you need them on your conference call; even if you spend most of the time with the phone to your ear.

  • Mute or earmuff participants
  • Add people to the call
  • Turn call recording on and off.
  • If you have earphones or a headset it’s even easier see who’s talking at any moment and take more advantage of the integrated social features to learn more about the people in the call. Just click on the participant to see more from their connected Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google + profiles.

Radically improve the conference call experience from your mobile device. You’re going to love UberConference! Get the app now for your iPhone or Android phone.

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