How Highfive Plans to Make Video Conferencing a Bigger Part of Office LifeIf you've ever done a conference call, you know all of the ways in which communication can break down. I know I do. My recent call with the founders of Highfive, a new video conferencing startup launching Oct. 7, took 15 minutes to start because no one could hear me on the other end.
Highfive Wants to Do for Video Conferencing What Nest Did for ThermostatsIt's not an exaggeration to say that all conference calls are lame. But maybe ... it's the hardware? Highfive is a new device that promises to cut the speakerphones, projectors and dial-ins from company cultures. It's trying to follow the Nest formula: Take a gadget that's boring, make it slick and friendly.
This startup hopes to make conference calls feel less like the ninth circle of hellToday, the odds are better than ever that the team you work with is composed of people from around the country or even the world. To get together for collaboration and conversation, we arrange conference calls. Unfortunately, conference calls are hell, as depicted in this YouTube video.
The Next Big Thing You Missed: Supercharging Video Conferences for the Smartphone AgeGooglers call it "the VC" link. Inside Google offices across the globe, company engineers and other employees communicate with distant colleagues via a multi-million-dollar video conferencing system developed by the tech giant itself.
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