Summary: A guest contributer’s review of Google+ Hangouts with information on the technology behind it.
Our guest contributor, Rich Griffin, has been testing out Google+ Hangouts and this is what he had to say about it:
“I’ve tested Google+ Hangouts half a dozen times, and last night I tested Google+ Hangouts with three other video+audio participants.
The participants and myself all had strong Windows-based PCs and more-than-adequate Internet throughput.
The videoconference began well enough; with all participants’ videos displayed and good audio mixing. Adding participants is very straightforward, allowing for easy ad-hoc meetings. But it still has some bugs to work out. Continue reading →
With a growing telework and mobile work force, busy federal, State and local managers and supervisors often must rely on trust alone to assure themselves that teleworkers are effectively and efficiently serving their clients. This program will demonstrate best practices and the latest software that can assist managers and teleworkers to get more done during the workday and be more comfortable with telework arrangements.
Wednesday, November 17 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
The Playing for Change Foundation and VSee are excited to present PFC LIVE:Uniting Cultures Through Music & Technology, a special live web performance, workshop and cultural and musicalexchange with the Playing for Change musicians performingtogether with children from the School of Music in Gugulethu. The goal of this event is to show how it isposs Continue reading →
On August 12th at 2:00 p.m. ET, Mandy Moore joins Nothing But Nets™ and PSI for a video townhall on malaria in Africa, broadcast on Facebook®. The video conferencing service will be provided by VSee Lab, Inc. and Ustream, and the event is hosted by Derrick Ashong, one of Katalyst Media’s Social Media Envoys. This is an opportunity to question Mandy Moore and learn about sending nets and saving lives. Become a fan of Nothing But Nets on Facebook and join the discussion.
VSee is proud to partner with Mandy Moore, Nothing But Nets, and the UN Foundation, to help end malaria. Earlier this year, VSee also worked with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to hold video communications amongst guests such as Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie and refugee camps worldwide.
One of the key elements is making a business relationship work is establishing trust. This is especially challenging when the parties are seperated geographically. Technologies such as videoconferencing can help, but the conventional wisdom is that these tools are useful for reinforcing an existing relationship but that to establish trust at the beginning requires a face-to-face meeting. A recent experience has caused me to challenge that assumption.
As I have written previously, I have embarked on a long-term assignment with VSee Labs as their Chief Product Officer. That became official after a month of meetings with the CEO, employees, investors, customers, and Board members. None of those were in person. All but one were using VSee’s videoconferencing product. By the end of the proess I thought I knew the company pretty well and accepted the assignment, but the real test was last week when I met some of my new colleagues in person for the first time. What was surprising was my lack of surprise.
The context was a business trip to Houston to meet some of VSee’s customers. (There are some things that one still needs to see in person, such as Mission Control at NASA. More on that later.) As I walked into the lobby, I saw Linda Wang, one of the Network Architects across the lobby. We recognized each other instantly. The same thing happened when the CEO, Milton Chen, joined us. He was just like on TV. Anyone who has worked in a large enterprise can recall when they met face-to-face for the first time with someone they previously had only dealt with via email, phone, and IM. There is always an element of surprise. But there was none of that here. So with this limited data point I conclude that while face-to-face meetings are still necessary, they don’t need to happen at the onset of a relationship.