September 11, 2014
This morning, D.C. startup Speek announced that it has launched a new product called “Speek for Business”. Core features of this new product include the ability to share screens for online meetings and collaboration. With this new offering, the company aims to further compete with similar services like WebEx, Join.Me, and GoToMeeting.
“This is easily the best thing we have done at Speek,” said Speek CTO Matt Turner. “Bringing teams together over a medium that has for too long been stuck in the 20th century was a natural progression on top of the conference call. We are beyond excited about the opportunity we have to help teams stay on the same page when it comes to their calls.”
Headquartered in the Crystal Tech Fund, the Arlington, VA-based company has disrupted the conference call experience by creating a visual conference platform that utilizes customized URLs (e.g., speek.com/ronaldiscool) as opposed to having to deal with dialing in and putting in a PIN number. From anywhere in the world and from any device, people can join in on any call by simply clicking on the URL. The addition of screen sharing capability allows Speek to compete against companies like WebEx which offers similar features, but currently charges $50 per month, per user; Speek for Business costs organizations less than half of that amount at $19 per month, per user.
“Conference calls suck. That’s a universal fact,” said Danny Boice, Speek's cofounder and president. “What also sucks is downloading a 50MB file to do an online meeting and share your screen, or only being able to join a conference call after you’ve shared your screen. With our launch of Speek for Business we fix all of the above for business users all over the World once and for all!”
Aside from screen sharing, some key new features include branded conference calls (with the ability to customize the logo, colors, and include links to your brand's social media pages), a dashboard for all your organization's conference calls, and an improved visual interface. With the new features in play, companies have actually already signed up as part of a soft product launch last month, including Morgan Franklin, Politico, Dell, Heart of America, and Crowdrise.
This past March, Speek raised nearly $6 million in a Series A round of funding. According to the company, the funding has allowed the company to develop Speek for Business, shifting focus from current “freemium” individual business users to multi-user businesses and organizations.
Speek CTO Danny Boice is a Tech Cocktail contributor.
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