Tag: Skype

How NOT to Run Your Online Practice

Writing for the Atlantic Online, Joseph Burgo describes his experience providing psychotherapy sessions over video as a mental health provider. Burgo has some interesting things to say about expatriates and the psychological problems they confront. But his article suffers a major flaw: he doesn’t realize that his online practice is…

5 Best Video Collaboration Tools To Ride Out the BART Strike

The BART strike hit Bay Area’s 400K daily commuters this morning with a slap in the face. Oakland ferry lines were stretching around the corner and the Bay Bridge has been backed up since 5:30 a.m. KTVU-TV’s @sal_castaneda tweets: In 1997 [the last BART strike] most people couldn’t work from…

Challenges of Skype and Google Hangouts for MOOCs

Guest Post by Sankalp Garud – a 16-year-old problem solver, math whiz, online learning evangelist and entrepreneur.  You can watch his educational videos on http://YouTube.com/tapthetech I’m glad I can write this post at a time when the education system seems to be in a transition phase. With the development of great free online…

Young Entrepreneurs Love VSee!

  Students from the National University of Singapore visit VSee – “V” for VSee! Last week, a high spirited group of entrepreneuring students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) came to visit our office. As part of the NUS innovative Local Enterprise Achiever Development (iLEAD) program, they were on a trip to visit innovative…

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:…

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…

A Great Customer Service Experience Can Be One Click Away

Summary:  An example of how a one-click Skype call improved my customer service experience, and how a VSee video call with screen-share could make it even better. Yesterday afternoon, after discovering that my tires had been slashed, I was online trying to figure out if my insurance policy would cover…

VSee is nimble. VSee is quick. VSee is your collaboration wish.

Over the last few weeks of working at VSee, I’ve been realizing that VSee is more than just a videoconferencing tool.  It’s a video collaboration tool.  Of course, it can do the things that videoconferencing does, but on a much more dynamic and work-friendly scale.  It’s the difference between a…

Ode To Skype

 

Sold! And Skype goes to…Microsoft?

Skype, after holding off on plans to launch an initial public offering IPO and amidst rumors of possible acquisition by Cisco, Google, and Facebook, is being acquired by Microsoft for an unsolicited offer of 8.5 billion in cash. Many analysts feel it’s a bit more than the company is worth…

Back to the enterprise

Cisco’s foray into the consumer market has proved too challenging for the networking giant. This morning, Cisco Systems announced that it would cut 550 jobs as part of its plan to exit some of its consumer business. This includes closing the video recording device division which manufactures the once-great Flip…

Skype and Facebook

It could happen. There are rumors (according to Bloomberg) that the two have been chatting about it.  Skype users can already call and SMS Facebook friends, making video the next logical next step. Personally, this feels like a natural extension of Skype’s current incarnation as a consumer video calling tool.…

Skype and GoToMeeting, together at last?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Skype and GoToMeeting (Citrix) are banding together to try and shore up each other’s weaknesses as collaborative business tools.  The former has begun asking $9 a month for group calling but has a limited screenshare and no collaborative tools; the latter charges even…

Videoconferencing: The Kid On A Corner

With all the research and effort put into recreating Star Trek fantasies of communicating via life-like screen images, you’d think people would be more enthusiastic about actually using the amazing videoconferencing technologies out there today!  But surprisingly, as mentioned in an earlier post, videoconferencing tools have been painfully slow to…

Videoconferencing Is A Friend At Work

In their study of casual work interactions, Whittaker et al. (1994) concluded that coordination works best among people who are physically located in the same place because they have more opportunities to find others who are available to talk.  Let’s face it, as much as we love Facebook and Twitter,…

Skype 5.0 News: 6 Reasons Redux

Yesterday while I was at a conference Skype announced on their blog that they were dropping the ‘beta’ label from their Mac release, and that group calling would now be a paid feature.  Obviously, I had to respond.  🙂 I have a lot of fun talking about Skype because I…

Skype Crashing and Supernodes

Sometimes Christmas comes a few days early.  Forgive me for the Schadenfreude, but the fact that PC Mag, TechCrunch, GigaOm, BBC News, and so many other outlets discussed the BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS of Skype’s crash yesterday amuses me.  To quote Om Malik from GigaOm: …over past few years it has become…

Phone’s still great for business…socially, it’s dying

That headline really means audio-only phone calls.  The (“smart”)phone as the swiss army knife of communications tools will never die.  LONG LIVE THE PHONE! May I present the evidence?  I call to the stand this blog post by Larry Lisser, titled All I wanted for my birthday was a lousy phone…

Video Testimonial

I generally work hard to keep this from being only a product blog, but it’s pretty exciting to get a video testimonial.  We’re going to create a space on the site specifically for more of these, so if you’ve used VSee and love it, please send us more testimonials! Thank…

Bill Flutie talking VSee at the Inbound Marketing Summit

The Pulse Network tracked down our own Bill Flutie, Director of Sales and Business Development, at the Inbound Marketing Summit, held last week in Gillette Stadium. Here’s what he had to say:

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