PGi is the parent company that carries iMeet. The company is a global provider of conferencing and chatting solutions. They offer audio conferencing, webcasting, and virtual meeting solutions. iMeet and GlobalMeet are two of the most popular products that the company carries. PGi’s options are offered as a SaaS (software as a service). These services are offered to small-, medium-, and enterprise-level companies, making PGi one of the biggest providers of “virtual rooms” to companies in the world. PGi has been steadily growing over the years. They’ve acquired several different companies and created new products. One of the neatest products that we learned about was Agenday...a calendar integration for Android and iOS that has received rave reviews in the news. We also found that PGi has acquired almost ten new companies in the decade. We predict that PGi’s iMeet will grow in popularity and functionality as the company grows.
iLinc is a company that provides web conferencing solutions for different industries. They have been in business since 2000 and are "politely obsessed" with their customers. The service is a cloud-based subscription, meaning that it is a software-as-a-service platform. There is not a complete listing of compatible apps and integrations, but we did find resources for Moodle and SalesForce, meaning that it is a robust tool for the different industries. We really liked the different features and felt that it was scalable. It can serve anywhere from 25 to 1000 different participants at any given time.
The company has a good standing in the web conferencing industry. There is also a 15-day free trial. This was on the light end for free trials in the industry, with some conferencing platforms offering a 30-day trial or a freemium version to "try" the product out, risk free. We were a little bit disappointed that the service didn't have any iOS or Android apps available in the Google Play or iTunes store, but we could probably expect to see a rollout of this in the near future. There are browser options for Android and iTunes available, but these have to be distributed via a system administrator.
Cenero is the mother ship company for Auralink. This company provides cloud-based SaaS video communication between different devices. Auralink has 24/7 live technical support and lets users seamlessly communicate with one another over the Internet. Auralink is unique in the industry because it interfaces with both laptop, desktop, and mobile devices and has functionality with "old-fashioned" video conferencing system.
Auralink has several different partnerships and products and is one of the big movers in the HD videoconferencing industry. They were one of the first companies to provide mobile functionality back in 2011 and had apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. We also felt like Auralink had done a pretty good job in getting its services available to many different industries at different, scalable pricing tiers.
The hardware with Auralink is something that is unique in the industry. Many SaaS models are built on having companies jettison their legacy system, while Auralink lets customers keep certain pieces of videoconferencing hardware.
Onstream is a company that has been around since 1993. In addition to providing web conferencing tools and solutions, they also offer webinar services for businesses. Onstream is based out of Pompano Beach, FL.
They have several business solutions that include the following:
However, they do have several of the standard features included in their product. They also have the latest in Android and iOS apps. They also have several select clients. You might recommend many of their customers, including Subway, Sony, eBay, Staples, and more. Onstream has also done a lot to gain industry recognition. In addition to the being HIPAA compliant, they've also won the following accolades:
RHub is a company that provides web conferencing solutions for different businesses. The company name stands for "Real-Time Collaboration Hub." The company is a premier provider of web conferencing, remote support, and other tools for customers. There are more than 2,000,000 users.
The company was founded back in 2005 and was one of the first to make web conferencing a reality. Larry Dorie and Dr. John Mao founded the company. The product had been developed in 2003. The tool was originally intended to press the firewall issue in web conferencing. The company bases its products and services off of a central server, which was pretty close to the reason they originally developed the company. The company has several awards and accolades, including CRM's 2007 Tech Innovators Finalists."
Fuze is a product that is engineered by Fuze Box. The company was founded in 2009 as a provider of web-based communications solutions. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has several global locations, including Santa Barbara, CA and Bulgaria. For the most part, the company has worked out several of the “kinks” in the conferencing industry, providing users with one of the most robust programs for having web conferences and meetings.
The company has a rich history, with the software program being developed as part of an investment thesis. After several company purchases and acquisitions, Fuze Box made the first public demonstration at CTIA 2008 in Las Vegas. Overall, the product was received really well because it had some of the major features that other web conferencing solutions lacked.
Speek is a company that provides services for hosting online meetings. They claim to be simpler and smarter when it comes to the competition--we weren't so sure about that as you’ll see later in the interview. Users can have unlimited conference calling with an individualized interface. You can see who has joined, so you can screen your entrants. You can talk, share files, record your calls for future archival, share your screen, and more. The company has won some awards. They are a venture-backed company that has the following accolades and recognition:
Web Conferencing Central is a provider of video conferencing services. They offer the basic package necessary to get your business up and running. On their website, they do have an endorsement from Nike. There isn’t a lot of information about the business on their webpage. They do have a considerable number of features in their package that make them an attractable service, however. We did find a blurb on an obscure website saying that Web Conferencing Central is based out of Newport Beach, CA and makes a product called MeetaMind, in addition to their core video conferencing service.