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!

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.

Friday, March 15th, 2013 .

UberConference is about simplicity. So when you invite someone to a conference call, we make sure they get notified either by email or by text. Although this works great for the vast majority of your contacts, there are a few technology lovers out there with more than one or two phone numbers (our very own Craig Walker comes to mind :-). In such cases, you may not want them to be notified about the same conference call on all of their phones.

Starting today, when you schedule a call on UberConference, you can mouse over the attendees that you invite and see the option to select which of them you want to receive notifications and to which phones and email addresses if they have several. This choice is sticky, so we will remember it for you for future invitations.


Hope you like it. As usual, we would love to hear your feedback if you have any.

Monday, March 18th, 2013 .

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We are happy to announce that UberConference is one of the four startups chosen to present by Enterprise Connect at its Innovation Showcase. Enterprise Connect is the leading conference and exposition on enterprise communications and collaboration and is taking place in Orlando, Florida March 18-21, 2013. UberConference provides those on a teleconference with a broad range of easy-to-use tools that increase the usefulness and productivity of a group call. UberConference will present at Innovation Showcase at 1 p.m. ET Monday, March 18 located in Osceola C.

Photo credit: Enterprise Connect/UBM

With its unique, visual interface, UberConference shows participants who’s on a call and who’s speaking at any given moment, provides document sharing through Box and Evernote, and gives all participants access to every other participant’s Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook public social profiles. As one of the earliest adopters of the highly anticipated WebRTC standard, UberConference users can “dial into” UberConference calls directly from their Chrome browser. UberConference is also available for both iPhone and Android.

“UberConference delivers functionality and control through powerful yet easy-to-use tools that increase business productivity at significantly lower cost than conventional enterprise solutions,” said Craig Walker, CEO and co-founder of Firespotter Labs. “We are thrilled to be selected as one of the four startups to present at Enterprise Connect’s Innovation Showcase.”

Enterprise 2013 will focus on wireless, video, Unified Communications, WebRTC, SIP Trunking, and the Cloud. The Enterprise Connect Innovation Showcase is designed to feature innovative products and services from new and emerging start-up firms in these areas.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 .

This blog is contributed content from the Switch.co blog.

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Fast forward to 2014, rotary phones have been replaced by dialpads, and connections are made without switchboards, but the phone on your desk has remained essentially unchanged. It’s clunky, it requires a user manual, and it doesn’t fit well with the the way you work best.

That’s why we made Switch.co. Created for today’s mobile workforce, and built specifically for Google Apps users, Switch.co is a cloud-based, business-grade phone system best suited for the anywhere work stye. It connects people, ideas and content across all of your devices. We’ve simplified the desk phone experience by integrating with Google Apps to pull up your latest Gmail messages and Drive documents, and letting you do things like switch between devices mid-conversation and set business hours for when you want them. Take a look at our other thoughtful features.

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When a bunch of us founded GrandCentral in 2005, the plan was to bring robust features to the end user. With the business user also in mind, we started to think about all the ways the web could make office phones that much more powerful.

Nine years have passed since that original idea, and we’ve seen a lot of innovation in business tools and services — but for some reason the antiquated desk phone has remained at the center of the enterprise voice world.

It sits there, on your desk, collecting dust and is used only when you absolutely have to use it. Even then, it’s hard for you to figure out how to transfer a call successfully or get rid of the red blinking voicemail light. Or, if you’re a startup like us, you don’t have a desk phone at all. It’s much easier for everyone to operate on their own mobile devices than be tied to their desks. But that’s not a real solution. We need a number for our business, we need to easily communicate with each other seamlessly, and all of us using our personal phones just doesn’t cut it. Why does it have to be this way?

Think about how complex email used to be for your business. You used to be forced to delete your emails after a few weeks to keep the storage from getting “too large.” Google fixed that by putting email in the cloud with Google Apps. Salesforce made our lives easier by making CRM simple and available to even the smallest businesses, and Zendesk continued this with customer support. The list goes on and on, but for some reason awesome, end-user focused enterprise telephony has been left untouched.

Believing that a phone call is still the highest quality form of communication, we saw an opportunity to make a business phone system as easy to deploy and manage as setting your company up with Gmail.

In 2012, we launched UberConference to tackle some of the obvious problems with audio conferencing. Just two years later, it’s supporting nearly a billion minutes a year with customers from The Weather Company, to Blue Bottle Coffee, to Dropbox using it every day.

Thanks to UberConference, our telephony infrastructure has now been tried and tested, and we’ve proven our ability to innovate and delight with enterprise communications. We’re now ready to bring Switch.co to life. Switch.co is a phone system for the modern worker, who is more likely to be taking a business call on his cell phone while at Starbucks than he would from the phone on his desk at work, and today, it’s launching to Google Apps users in private beta. You can sign up to get on the list here.

And to prove how much we believe in our own product, our CEO, VP Product, and many other team members ported their long time Google Voice numbers over to Switch.co a long time ago. We’re taking our business phones where they haven’t been before, right alongside our beta testers. With the help of your feedback, we’ll continue to work hard to make Switch.co better than anything you’ve seen before out of a business phone system.

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

The Switch.co team

 

Follow @switch_co on Twitter for updates.