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Lifesize Is Better Off If Logitech Sells Its Video Conference Unit

With revenues down, Logitech is looking to unload its video conferencing division, which include LifeSize and Mirial in the next 90 days. Logitech acquired LifeSize for $405M in 2009 just as video conferencing and telepresence were on their way up. These days the high-end video conferencing market is much tougher.…

Will Zoom’s New Enterprise Video Conference Hurt Blue Jeans and Vidyo?

Zoom.us, the hottest new video conferencing company, is revealing its paid UMX (Unified Meeting Experience) offering for businesses. Zoom previously raised $3M in angel funding. It has also just raised $6M in series A funding, from some of the biggest names such as Qualcomm Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, and…

Is Cisco Umi Worth Rescuing?

Last week, video conferencing startup Tely Labs announced its “Rescue Umi” program as Cisco prepares to permanently end Umi services January 31. It’s an opportunity for Umi users to snag a good deal switching to Tely Labs’ similar telyHD offering. The marketing point of Umi and now telyHD is video…

Correction: Google Has Not Dropped Vidyo

In an earlier article I had said that Google Hangouts had dropped Vidyo in favor of WebRTC. I made a mistake. Google Hangouts has NOT dropped Vidyo.  Moreover, Vidyo executives have contacted me to let me know that “Google has a great relationship with Vidyo”.  I have checked my sources and verified that Vidyo is…

VSee vs. Nefsis: When A Product Has A Midlife Crisis

by NW Indiana artist Steve Johnson With Nefsis (now OmniJoin) being acquired by Japan-based Brother Industries, I thought it was a good time to revisit Nefsis and see how its video conferencing product has matured since I first tried it in graduate school. Early this week, we got a group…

VSee with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt

Milton and Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman and CEO Milton met with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt at the GE Minds and Machines 2012 conference last week, where he also rubbed elbows with other leading technologists, business leaders, and academics including Marc Andreessen, Tim O’Reilly and DJ Patil. Milton shared with Jeff that there are no tools on the market…

Meetings.io Acquisition Signals Start of WebRTC Era?

updated: 3/20/2014 WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) has been getting a bit of press between meetings.io getting acquired by Jive (specifically chosen for its WebRTC technology) and TokBox announcing its new Opentok WebRTC for iOS SDK. What’s the big deal with WebRTC? WebRTC is exciting because it allows real-time audio/video to be…

Skype Email Security Leak – Another Reason To VSee

Skype vulnerabilities are always cropping up. The newest Skype security leak was all over the tech news this week.  Apparently, its create-a-new-account procedure coupled with its password-reset procedure allowed anyone to take over another person’s Skype account just by knowing that person’s email address.  The Next Web actually reproduced the…

(OpenTok) TokBox Acquisition Price

Several people have commented on the speculative nature of my earlier article on the TokBox acquisition being a semi-fire sale.  I want to give our readers a more thorough explanation for my statements. When a company is acquired for more than $20-30M, typically the price is leaked, since the acquiring…

TokBox Picked Up By Telefónica – A Sad Day For Its People

Last week, a struggling TokBox announced its acquisition by Telefónica Digital for an undisclosed amount.  This is a pretty sad news for TokBox and its investors. They raised a lot of money, and given this is a semi-fire sale, its investors lost money.  Also, its people, who have worked long…

Why AirTime Is Struggling: The Science of Video Chat

Airtime is the latest venture of Napster co-creators and entrepreneur superstars Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning.  However, just four months into their video chat foray, and these masterminds are floundering in the same snafu that has muddled many a great mind since even before the first public videophone was developed in 1936. The key reason:…

Skype/Microsoft Will Kill Polycom by 2017, Polycom Rolls Out New Cloud Video Conference Offering to Stay Alive

Last week was a big week for Polycom as it drummed up business with a bunch of new video conference offerings.  Perhaps the biggest eye-catcher was its RealPresence CloudAXIS suite, aimed to help Polycom cash in on the mobile trend in enterprise video conferencing. According to Jim Kruger, senior VP…

OmniJoin? Nefsis? Brother, what’s going on?

Last December, when Brother purchased Nefsis, I thought it was a great outcome for Nefsis and a great move for Brother.  Nefsis had a very complex pricing structure and needed a huge distribution partner to push its complicated solution into enterprises.  Brother had a huge distribution base, with its long…

Zoom – New Kid On the Block (15 Friends Video Chat Free in High Def)

The newly launched Zoom Video Communications hit the waves last Tuesday and received a rave review from WSJ’s Walt Mossberg.  In his AllThingsD review of Zoom, Mossberg was wowed by Zoom’s “free, high-definition, group video calls for up to 15 people simultaneously,” its ability to work over “wired and WiFi Internet connections, or…

FuzeBox Raises $20M for online collaboration

We heard that FuzeBox, an online collaboration and meeting tool, recently raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Index Ventures. “Fuze HD is a mobile and web-based collaboration service that features integrated audio conferencing as well as high-definition, synchronized video and image sharing.” – Crunchbase FuzeBox uses Vidyo…

Airtime Launch Demo Nightmares – due to Flash

Airtime was launched on Tuesday by the founders of Napster – Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning. This Chatroulette-inspired random video chat service seems to have piqued the curiosity of even Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The event was filled with celebrities, but with so much fanfare, 2 years of work, and…

Cisco Scraps Cius in Favor of WebEx and Jabber

It’s no secret that room-based video conferencing and telepresence are dying breeds.  The ever-declining revenue growth of Cisco’s Telepresence division as well as poor market performance by Cisco Telepresence competitors Polycom and LifeSize clearly attests to this. However, Cisco isn’t waiting around for its cash cow to dry up before moving on to…

Did H.323 Kill VCON? Is Blue Jeans Next?

Cisco’s Umi Goes The Way of the Neanderthal

Blue Jeans = Skype + Polycom: Water And Oil Don’t Mix

photo credit: bitjungle Blue Jeans Network is a hot video conferencing startup that has been gaining a lot of attention even since before the public release of its product earlier this year.  They raised $23M from a set of A-list investors with its cloud-based solution that aims to bridge any…

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