Our investors at Battery Ventures who led our latest round of funding know the pain of traditional video conferencing all too well. And so they got together to make a short video to show exactly what they’d really like to do with all that clunky video conferencing hardware if a bat and an open field were nearby... (Office Space fans- this one’s for you).
Today, we’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Blue Jeans service in Australia. We’re no stranger to the land down under; in fact, Australia is our sixth largest market, consuming over one million video call minutes, by 60,000 participants from 169 companies. One of those companies is 99Designs, a design firm with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris and Brazil. Check out the full press release here.
The big question among Bay Area commuters this week has been how to get around the Bay Bridge closure. Do you go further north and cross Golden Gate, or perhaps go further south to one of the smaller bridges? Bay Area commuters, we feel your pain, especially with the recent Bart Strike. One option that we’re always happy to tout at Blue Jeans is WFH, working from home.
Hopefully you have had a great summer! Maybe you’ve traveled somewhere tropical, climbed Machu Picchu or camped along the beach. Whatever it is, hopefully you’ve enjoyed a little R&R! The Blue Jeans team enjoyed the summer by celebrating the 2nd anniversary of our service, the launch of Blue Jeans 2.0, the unveiling of a fun new company video and previewing a new video sharing feature.
Do you act the same on a video meeting as when you’re on an audio call? Probably not. We’re all guilty of multi-tasking while on a conference call. But that's because we aren't able to literally see what's going on in the meeting. The beauty of video is that it empowers every person to be an active and engaged participant.
Mobility is fast becoming a part of our everyday lives. In a single device like an iPhone or tablet, you can carry your music, Skype with relatives across the country, and have access to any portal through a wonderful thing called the Internet. This is not news to any of us, but at Blue Jeans, we’ve strived to implement that thinking into our product. If everything is mobile – shouldn’t the business meeting have the same capability?
By now we’re sure you’ve heard the unfortunate news of Andy Miller resigning from his position as Polycom’s CEO. We know that these big changes may have some Polycom customers feeling a bit nervous about the future so we here at Blue Jeans have stitched together a special offer to help you through these uncertain times. We’d like to introduce the "Poly-gone Protection Plan".... It's a chance to clear out some of your legacy Polycom infrastructure in favor of a move to the cloud.
Almost everyone has been in a situation where they have to be in two places at once, whether it’s for business when you’ve double-booked meetings, or outside of work when you’ve wanted to attend a birthday party or watch the big game with friends. The reality is that important life events happen during regular business hours and that’s something that can’t be controlled.