While the term 'disruption' is appearing in many headlines throughout the technology and business press, as an entrepreneur I feel it is more important to look at the trend lines than at the headlines.
Trend lines involve a good deal of research, a touch of insight, lots of hard work, and substantial risk. In the case of my company, Blue Jeans Network, that research began three years ago and is a good blueprint for today's budding entrepreneurs.
Who would’ve thought that enterprise software would be so sexy? Let’s be real, ‘enterprise software’ is kind of like the nerdy high school kid who sat in the back of the classroom. But after a few summers (and maybe contacts and new clothes), that kid turned into the rockstar that everyone wanted to be around. The sexy sentiment towards enterprise software has been the talk of 2012. But what exactly makes it so sexy?
In recent months the video conferencing industry has been abuzz with WebRTC. But what exactly is it? Prior to his speaking obligation at the WebRTC conference , we caught up with our VP of Product Management, Oded Gal, to get a better understanding of this technology and how it will impact the world of video conferencing.
WebRTC stands for Web Real Time Communications; it’s the ability to use your browser natively for real-time, two-way video. With WebRTC you can define your camera and initiate a video call within the browser. Until recently, videoconferencing was limited by downloading a separate application to run the software. WebRTC negates this step because it allows you to do the exact same thing, but inside your browser.
Awhile back, you’d have to use Windows Media Player or download QuickTime to view a streaming video. But video on the Internet really took off because of YouTube, who used Flash and later HTML5 to embed video into the browser. Two-way video is evolving in a similar way. We’re currently encumbered by downloads but WebRTC takes away that need and makes video conferencing much more accessible and easy to use.
Tomorrow, Thursday, 11/29, Blue Jeans will host a networking event at Fire House Brewery in Sunnyvale, CA. Come learn why we’re the hottest startup in Silicon Valley and why we were voted as one of the Best Places to Work for 2012. Enjoy drinks and food on us, and get a free headshot from a professional photographer. (You can always juice up your LinkedIn profile, right?)
We’ll also be donating to Swords to Plowshares, a local charity dedicated to supporting returning veterans.
The future of technology is here. It is mobile, visual and interoperable. Here at Blue Jeans, we've believed this mantra for some time but it is refreshing to hear it from an audience of high schoolers. I was recently invited to speak at the Monta Vista Symposium organized by the Monta Vista Tech Group.
Today, one thing I envy about being a student is the availability of innovative education technologies. One of which is of course my personal favorite, video conferencing. I have to dig deep into my memory bank and think about my days as a collegiate, but I firmly believe that video conferencing would have enhanced my experience.
Nothing can replace the richness of face-to-face classroom dynamics, but video eliminates distance, invites collaboration, and increases mobility for both the student and the teacher. Here are just 10 ways to use video conferencing in the classroom.
Remember the times when being social meant getting together and connecting face to face? Somewhere along the way the rise of the internet and the ubiquity of mobile devices and cloud systems, socializing has come to mean digital posting of comments, pictures and videos on various social networks. Suddenly it seems that every aspect of what we used to do face to face has migrated to the web.
What’s scarier than trying to figure out a complicated room system remote? Realizing your cost per meeting for hardware you're not even using! At Blue Jeans, we frequently hear that customers just don’t use their room systems because they're complex to operate or are unable to connect with other solutions. But when you underutilize those room systems there’s the risk of falling into hidden trapdoors!
Hurricane Sandy disrupted things across the Eastern seaboard today, but inside the Blue Jeans cloud, the team couldn't really tell the difference. That's because like any other day, thousands of Blue Jeans meetings went off without a hitch. We had a typical Monday pattern for meetings and minutes, but the only noticeable difference was the endpoint mix for our East Coast customers.