Friday, March 28th, 2014 .

Okay, here’s the scenario. An inventory planning session for the spring season. For a chain of gardening stores in the Midwest and West Coast. Twenty managers on the conference call.

The CEO starts off with a few introductory remarks and then this sound appears in the background:

Look, I think we can all agree it’s one of the great masterpieces of grunge rock from the early 1990s. We’re rockin the Neverland. Oh, wait. We’re not supposed to be rockin’ the Neverland.  We’re supposed to be discussing tulip bulb orders. Okay, someone says, who’s got Metallica on in their shop?

The call comes to a halt as everyone tries to figure out the source of the Metallica. Finally, the manager in Green Bay fesses up. He just noticed the high school kid he has loading fertilizer bags on the display rack next to his office is using Metallica to “pump me up for this job, dude.”

Okay, we’re back on track and talking about tulip bulb orders — until the conference call comes to a halt with what seems to be the sound of automatic gun fire and mixed with a yipping. The conference call stops and everyone checks in. Nope, no roving gunman. And yet it continues. Oh, wait. It’s Alison, the National Sales Manager at the office in Provo. She’s chasing her Maltese around the office in heels. She had to bring “Walter” into the office today because he has a vet appointment right after this call.

The noisy caller is a nagging problem in teleconferencing. It’s not the caller per se, but their environment from which they are calling. Look, I’m as big a fan of Metallica as any other right-thinking American, but not when it’s drowning out a group discussion during a business teleconference call. And many times the offending party has no control over the background noise: Is it Gary in Spokane’s fault that a homecoming parade for Joel E Ferris High School is going by the window at the same time as our conference call?

Probably not.

But does that mean the rest of us have to suffer?

No. Which is precisely why UberConference has a mute setting on each of your callers. Barking dogs, heels on hardwood, brass bands in parades, or an old-fashioned “Enter the Sandman” blast: all of these can be eliminated by simply muting the offending callers.

Then just message the person whom you’ve muted that there’s a problem on their end. (A polite way of saying: shut the window, take off the heels, let the parade pass, unplug the speakers, and so on). When they are ready, unmute them and return to the call. And all of it is discreetly handled.

Pretty cool, huh?

Friday, December 14th, 2012 .

Need someone to schedule conference calls on your behalf? Until now this was only possible by sharing your password with someone. We know that’s not something most people want to do. So we changed that.
Starting today, UberConference Pro users can delegate their account by creating an administrator password. This allows someone else to schedule and edit calls on your behalf.

To create an administrator password, just login to your account and go to Settings>Password then click on “Invite an administrator”.  Your chosen admin will get an email prompting them to create a password to access your account.  They will still login with your email address but have their own password.

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Once created, your admin will be able to do most anything you can with your account, other than change your password.  You can revoke these admin privileges at any time.

For questions about this and other Pro or Enterprise features contact sales@uberconference.com

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 .

 

UberConference has received top honors at two prestigious awards this week. Our team is very grateful for the recognition and quality feedback from our users. We received a Bronze Award in the category of Best Everyday Utility at the User Experience Awards and Silver at the American Business Awards – Telecommunication Company of the Year.

The Stevie American Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards, created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. More than 3,300 entries were submitted to The 2014 American Business Awards and more than 240 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

The UXies are the premier awards for exceptional experience and inspire all technologists to create elegant, human-centered products that solve real customer problems by showcasing next-generation digital products, honoring and celebrating with the most talented UX innovators and highlighting exceptional UX best practices. Our very own Jerome Tave explains the design theory that went into creating UberConference:

This adds to the growing list of awards our team has been fortunate to receive this year. We are excited for what lies ahead and appreciate the kind recognition. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 .

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Ah, it’s that time of year again. The air is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to fall, football is coming soon to fill the weekends, and TechCrunch is having another Disrupt conference. Here at ÜberConference we have a very soft spot in our hearts for TC Disrupt. It was just a little over 3 months ago that we took the stage at TC Disrupt NY 2012 and came away with the first place prize and trophy. The entire experience was a blur as we were racing to get the product ready to launch, preparing for the Startup Battlefield, flying the entire team cross country, etc. The time since Disrupt has been pretty crazy as well, as we scrambled to welcome a rush of users, added a bunch of new features, and more. So taking a step back, and catching our breath, we’re really happy about how things have progressed here at ÜberConference in the last 90 days since Disrupt NY.

First and foremost, we’ve done a LOT with the product. You can now create instant conferences, hold an IM conversation during the conference, make an ÜberConference “private” to invited participants, and view an ÜberConference call without having to create an account. There are also deeper integrations with calendars for easier scheduling and Evernote for rich call summaries, as well as many other little improvements. We’re even more excited about all the things we have in the works that are coming out soon.

The other major news was the addition of Andreessen Horowitz as an investor and having Blake Krikorian join our Board. These guys are amazing investors and great partners and we’re extremely happy to be part of both the Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures families.

Also, we’re hiring like crazy. We’ve added many great folks in the last few months, and are always looking for more. IOS developer lead? We’re looking for you…you too Android lead. Other SWEs, please come on by for a beer and a chat. We’d love to meet you.

So, in summary, we’re thrilled to be returning to Disrupt. We’ve got a booth there, some cool schwag to give out, new features to demo, and lots of friends to meet. Come visit us at our booth or afterwards for a beer. We’ll be there the whole time.

There is the one little thing of needing to track down what we did with the TechCrunch Disrupt trophy. We’re supposed to give it back on the last day of Disrupt, but with all the excitement, aren’t sure exactly where it is at the moment. I’m sure it will show up…