Category Archives: Events

Ben Horowitz with The Phat Startup and Phone.com

by Aaron Rosenthal

 

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Phone.com is back at it again, sponsoring another great talk with The Phat Startup here in New York City. Earlier this year, we sponsored an engaging talk about social media with Gary Vaynerchuck.

Phone.com has the pleasure of sponsoring another sold out event next Tuesday, April 15, at The Alley, with renowned investor, entrepreneur and author Ben Horowitz.

Ben Horowitz is a founding partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he currently manages a fund in excess of $2 billion, and has invested in over 150 companies including Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Pinterest, Twitter and Skype.

For the lucky 100 attendees, Phone.com and The Phat Startup will be giving everyone Ben Horowitz’s new book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Phone.com is proud to be involved with yet another event centered on helping businesses and startups grow, and I’m sure Ben will have plenty of great advice for us all!

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San Diego Customer Service Meetup Hosted By Phone.com

by Jeremy Watkin

San Diego Customer Service Meetup

Phone.com and Toister Performance Solutions, Inc. are hosting a meetup event for San Diego customer service professionals on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30-6:30 PM Pacific time.

The evening will feature a grand tour of Phone.com’s awesome customer service operation, round table discussions about customer service and, of course, networking.

There are still spots available but they are going fast so sign up today. Click to sign up and learn more about the event!

Phone.com Invites You To ff Massive @SXSW

by Phone.com

ffmassiveSXSW kicks off this week in Austin, Texas and guess who will be there? That’s right, Phone.com! We will be exhibiting in force alongside a handful of awesome sister companies at the ff MASSIVE pavilion, this Saturday and Sunday, at Empire Control Room & Garage (606 E. 7th St, Austin, TX).

If you happen to be in Austin this weekend, please stop by and say hello to Phone.com and many other great companies. We have a full schedule planned — which can be found online at www.ffmassive.com.  And for some great music, be sure to visit ffmassive.com to RSVP for 3 full nights of parties and music.

For those of you who can’t make it to Austin, you can follow Phone.com to keep up-to-date on our exhibit, games, and shenanigans on Twitter (@phonedotcom & @phoneapi) and Facebook.

Until then, it’s full speed ahead as we get ready for the big event. Don’t forget to checkout www.ffmassive.com and RSVP for some great talks, panels, and parties.

Kindling New Ideas: NJ Spark Summit 2014

by Peter Hogan-De Paul

CEO Ari Rabban speaking at the NJ Spark Summit

CEO Ari Rabban speaking at the NJ Spark Summit

The brainchild of Aaron Price of the NJ Tech Meetup, Amit Baria of the new-tech school Fuel.am, and Bret Morgan of the Jersey Shore Tech Meetup, NJ Spark Summit hosted prominent speakers discussing strategies for building successful startups.

The conference covered many topics, including a discussion on the future of data security by Dr. Ed Amoroso of AT&T, entrepreneurial advice from attorney David Sorin, and information on entrepreneurial opportunities in the city of Hoboken by Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Sessions addressed effective crowd funding, offered fundraising strategies from major seed investors and venture capital groups, and discussed upcoming trends for marketing, promotion, public relations and media. Panel members included legal and funding specialists, as well as technologists from Indiegogo, TechCrunch, StartupValley, Techstars NYC and VentureBeat.

Personally, I enjoyed hearing Brett Martin’s experiences working through his failed startup Sonar Media, as well as discussions on how to effectively crowdfund, by Stantt co-founder Matt Hornbuckle, and on the gamification of products by Gabe Zichermann.

Building Engagement Though LiveCube

A truly galvanizing element of Spark Summit was the LiveCube app, co-created by event host Aaron Price, speaker Gabe Zichermann and Justin Schier. Used as the social media aggregator for the event, the big benefit of LiveCube was that it allowed attendees to post and then return later to monitor and engage with content created that day.

Gamifying engagement and offering prizes from sponsors and speakers strongly encouraged NJ Spark Summit attendees to use LiveCube and delivered a memorable meta-experience on top of the conference talk. An added bonus for attendees is LiveCube’s persistence after the event, letting them engage with speakers they did not have time to speak to during the conference.

Plugging Into Phone.com

As a sponsor, Phone.com provided a much-needed service at Spark Summit—a device charging station! Manned by Aaron Rosenthal and myself of Phone.com’s upcoming API, the stylized idea box held USB, Apple and AC charging units to let attendees recharge the devices they were using at the event.

Phone.com CEO Ari Rabban also spoke briefly about the boost that Phone.com provides to startups with our professional, low-cost business phone service. Phone.com also offered a free year of service for attendees of the conference!

Overall, I think NJ Spark Summit was well executed and gave startups, investors and developers the chance to engage with the New Jersey business community. As a young business, we at Phone.com love it when startups reach out and promote each others’ services, thereby encouraging those partners to return the favor down the road. Paying it forward was never so much fun!

The Virtual Business: The New Age of Cloud Communications

by Phone.com

brighttalkMore and more companies are moving away from a centralized physical structure and allowing employees to work from home or remotely when traveling on business. In 2013, there were an estimated 28 million small businesses in the United States. These businesses have generated over 65 percent of net new jobs since 1995.

So how do small businesses or, for that matter, businesses of any size keep up with competition in the US and abroad? One way is to incorporate virtual-business strategies and employ some of the rapidly evolving technologies that fall under the umbrella of cloud communications.

On Wednesday, February 26, at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET, Joel Maloff (VP, Channel Development) and Aaron Rosenthal (API Product Manager) at Phone.com will host a webinar in conjunction with BrightTalk.  They will discuss the ways cloud communications might make sense for your business.  Some of the topics they will be tackling include:

  • Telecommuting: Ways employees can work from home or in transit, yet appear as if they are working from the office.
  • Be Local, Act Global: The ability to expand into new markets and countries without having to expand your number of office locations.
  • Contingency Planning: How a virtual business can be more resilient when natural or man-made disruptions to business occur.

Click here to read more about the webinar and to sign up.