Monday, July 23rd, 2012 .

 

It’s been a busy time at Firespotter since we started the company and raised our Series A financing from Google Ventures in April 2011. First we launched Nosh, the consumer food app that answers the question “What’s good here?” at any restaurant. We then launched NoshList, an iPad app for restaurants that texts diners when their tables are ready (and we’re seating our 2 millionth diner this month…not bad since it launched just 5 months ago). We also built Jotly, the iPhone and Android app that lets you rate anything. Our latest product, ÜberConference is our first product in the voice communications space. We launched ÜberConference at TechCrunch Disrupt in May 2012 and were overjoyed at winningStartup Battlefield.

As we look back on the past 15 months, we’re very happy with all that’s been done. We are also excitedly looking forward to our increased focus on more and more telephony projects.

With that said, we’re even more excited about the recent closing of ourSeries B financing round, led by the great team at Andreessen Horowitz. Blake Krikorian joins Wesley Chan and me on the Board of Firespotter and we’re thrilled to have Blake with us. This round gives us the firepower to hire quickly and go full bore on all the exciting opportunities in the evolving communications space.

As the proliferation of tablets and mobile devices continues to change the nature of communications, we want to be there leading the charge for innovation. People are still sick of being taken advantage of by their communications providers with their hidden fees, difficult interfaces and clunky solutions. We will always strive to be the “good guys” of communications by being fair, innovative, and relentless in our pursuit of creating the best communications products in the world.

If you are looking to join a great team that is disrupting a huge space, we’d love to talk to you. Check out our jobs page on ÜberConference.com.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 .

We’re pretty big fans of mobile here at Firespotter  – so far we’ve released 4 mobile apps in the last 18 months. So, when a great mobile conference like the sold-out D:Dive Into Mobile comes up, we had to be there. Where else can you get a line on where mobile technologies are going and hear from all of the movers and shakers in mobile in a jam-packed 2 days?

Hosted by Bay Area journalists Ina Fried and Liz Gannes, in collaboration with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, D: Dive Into Mobile gave a bird’s-eye view of many of the emergent issues in the mobile space. Here are five big ones that stood out at the conference.

  • Facebook’s new CTO  Mike Schroepfer spoke to Facebook’s biggest mobile challenge –  following the migration of his company’s billion-plus users from the Web to mobile.
  • Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave the low-down  Google’s wide-ranging mobile efforts – from Android to Chrome, Admob to YouTube. In a separate talk, Google’s Jason Spero and Millennial Media’s Mollie Spilman went over the importance of tracking user behavior for mobile ads. Spero noted that mobile refers more to a specific context, rather than a use case.
  • Waze CEO Noam Bardin talked about his company’s subtle advantage over Google – they’ve got 44 million users and 70,000 volunteer map editors. So far, they’ve validated a billion and a half kilometers (about 932 million miles) of roads. Note: One of Craig’s favorite apps!
  • Intel’s Mike Bell and Microsoft’s Terry Myerson  – two brands not known for robust mobile  presence –  gave separate talks to argue why their company shouldn’t be counted out in the transition to the golden age of mobile strategies.
  • Movile CEO Fabricio Bloisi Rocha explained how the lower penetration of smartphones into Latin America market will be turned around in coming years by an increase Wi-Fi connections and cheaper prices.

Thanks again to D: All Things Digital founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for hosting such an awesome conference. To stay on top of all of their mobile coverage, go here, and here’s the coverage of the entire conference.

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Spencer Ante, Andrea Roesch, Craig Walker

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 .

The great thing about Google Docs is live editing by multiple users of the same document. The problem is that sometimes the editing process would be smoother if everyone working on the document could talk to each other while working.

Well, now you can.

Today we’re introducing the UberConference add-on for Google Docs. One click to get all your viewers and editors of a document on the call. Just enable the UberConference add-on within your Google Doc, and we’ll load a sidebar with your UberConference dial-in information.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 .

We’re giving away 5 Evernote Moleskine notebooks + 3 months of Evernote premium with every notebook this week!

Tell your friends about ÜberConference on Facebook and Twitter from now through November 23 to get a month of ÜberConference Pro plus enter for your chance to win some other über cool stuff!

Prizes:

  • Automatically win a free month of ÜberConference Pro just for tweeting or sharing on Facebook.
  • Evernote Moleskine notebooks + 3 months of Evernote premium
  •  2 Jawbone headsets – Rock your conference calling experience with this uber cool Bluetooth tool.
  • iPad Mini – Want the hottest tech item of the moment? Of course you do. We are giving away one iPad Mini at the end of this giveaway. Now that is something to be thankful about.

How it works:

For Facebook – Go here for a chance to win. You get additional chances to win for each friend you get to sign up. Sign up here to get started.

For Twitter – Make sure to follow @uberconference and tweet about us using the hashtag #ubergiving. You must be following us and tweet #ubergiving to get the month of Pro free.

Here’s a sample tweet you can just copy and paste if you want:

Follow @uberconference and RT this to automagically get a month of @uberconference Pro free! bit.ly/RBoZGD #ubergiving.

Then, to enter to win one of the many great prizes, sign up here and then tweet about the prizes, your favorite ÜberConference feature, or whatever you want to share. Make sure to use the unique link you are given when signing up so you get credit for the followers you convert to sign up: Sign up here and then tweet to enter to win.

You will automatically get a month of ÜberConference Pro free just for sharing on Facebook and Twitter. However, the more you share your unique link you get when you sign up and then get others to sign up, the more chances you have to win the Evernote notebook, Jawbone headset or iPad Mini. We will be giving out all the prizes over the three weeks of this giveaway.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 .

A couple of weeks ago, we announced with Google that our teleconferencing product, UberConference, was now integrated with Google Hangouts.  The response we got from that announcement was almost overwhelming.  Our biggest day of new customer signups-ever.

Which is great for us, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder.  But let’s step back a moment and answer the question: why is this a big deal for you?

Well, first of all, UberConference and Google Hangouts are just about perfect matches for one another.  Google Hangouts is a wonderful tool for video conferencing- it’s easy to use, and it works great, provided everyone is sitting in front of a computer that has a video camera, and your internet connection is solid.

But that’s not often the case with real life business calls.  Many times you have callers who are on the road, riding in the back of a cab to the airport, stuck in a hotel room with a bad internet connection or don’t have a webcam immediately available.  Or, frankly, don’t really want to be seen and are in no mood to get dressed at 5 a.m. in Los Angeles for an 8 a.m. conference call with New York.

Enter UberConference.  When you use UberConference with Google Hangouts, you can take the conference call out of the confines of the office and out into the real world where you, your coworkers and your customers are living and working and doing business.
Plus, UberConference allows you to join a Google Hangout without a webcam.  Or at least without turning on your webcam.

Then there’s the size of your conference calls.  Google Hangouts is limited to 15 participants.  By integrating with UberConference, that conference call can now add in another 100 participants.

The UberConference integration with Google Hangouts, however, was only part of the announcement.  At the same time Google also announced its Google Chromebox for meetings.

For small to medium-sized businesses, what’s not to love about this product?  Up until now, if your company did regular video conferencing, you were spending at least $10,000 on hardware for a video conferencing system.

What’s your investment cost with Google Chromebox for meetings?  About $1,500.  The Chromebox hardware package, which includes UberConference, is just under $1,000.  Buy yourself an HD TV for another $500, and you’re set.  You’ve got a complete video conferencing system for a fraction of the cost of existing systems.

And this is just the beginning of innovative, low-cost products we’re going to be rolling out for you.  Stay tuned.