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Phonevite wins Best Consumer Offering at the ITEXPO

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With the demise of the VON Show, the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (aka ITEXPO) is now regarded as the biggest and most eminent show in the VoIP industry.    We planned to attend the EXPO this year because we thought that it was time for us to show our true colors, as they say, and let the industry know what we were doing with VoIP on the one-to-many calling front.   Sure, there’s been a lot of innovation since VoIP made it mainstream in the late 90’s, and Kalvin (Co-Founder) and I (John, the other Co-Founder) were part of that early history with Dialpad (the most popular VoIP web service which was eventually acquired by Yahoo!), but we felt that most of the R&D has been going into one-to-one communications (e.g. Skype) and related value-added services, such as VoIP-PBX (e.g. RingCentral) solutions and Unified Messaging Platforms (e.g. GrandCentral, which, by the way, was created by our former colleagues from Dialpad, Craig and Vincent, which then was acquired by Google).      By attending the ITEXPO, our intent was to make a statement to the industry;  That VoIP could be exploited and leveraged for communications to groups, i.e. for one-to-many communications, an area that has not received much attention, both in the public arena or the development community.     

Phonevite Booth at ITEXPO

Phonevite Booth at ITEXPO

From the opening day of the exhibit floor, we were pleasantly taken aback to find our bootstrapped booth (we literally only had 2 tables, a few chairs, and a slide projector, all of which we borrowed from a church in LA, and we bought 2×10 yards of white linen, at wholesale price in the LA Garment District, to use as (i) a table cloth and (ii) a projector screen – see first picture above) be overwhelmed with constant traffic (we were exhausted after 2 days of the non-stop Phonevite pitch).     The highlight surprise was when the TMCNet (Organizers of the ITEXPO) Editorial Team came to our booth to present us the Best of Show Award as the Best Consumer Offering (we were the sole winners in this category), which to us was a sign that the Industry was validating our claim that it was high time for VoIP to be taken to other non-traditional frontiers, like one-to-many calling, henceforth called “VoIP Broadcasting”.

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October 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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First things first, thank you to all our visitors and all the users who are signing up.   We hope you enjoy the experience.    Also, please excuse the barebones appearance of this blog.   We kind of just created one in a rush and, with so many users coming to our site and so many tasks to take care of, we are not able to put enough time making it look nice.   However, we thought it was important to at least get it started and have this essential medium of communication with our users out there.   So pls. bear with our appearance for now… 

Well, now the juice;  so many developments this week…

First, Matt Marshall, VentureBeat, featured us on Tuesday 7/24/07.    That kind of triggered it all – Thanks Matt, you are the finest journalist in the Valley.   Then, the blogosphere picked up and it hasn’t stopped since then.    One of the cool postings we liked was the one by Philippe Lagane @ AccesoWeb2.0, who wishes that the service was also available in France (Philipe and France, hang in there… we are working hard to get there sooner rather than later).    Then, yesterday, we were featured on Webware/CNET and Lifehacker, among others, and the thing just took off.

We’ve been getting great feedback (Thanks to all the fans!!!) and suggestions (Thanks to all the free advisors!!!).   Among them, I wanted to address the prominent ones:

 – Mozilla users – we are finding that the majority of our site visitors use Mozilla (a whoopping 61% vs. general population stat of 34%).   While for now you have to use the Phone-based recorder, or use IE for the web recorder, we are working on a more universal solution other than ActiveX for the recorder/player (maybe flash?  any suggestions?).

Business/Premium users – got lot of inquiries from people who want to use Phonevite for business purposes.   While we are currently focusing on the consumer market, we are weighing how to offer this service for small businesses and organizations to use.   However, we will always be careful that our service does not get perceived as a telemarketing tool (We don’t like getting calls in the middle of our dinner either).  One of the initial tools we have put in place is an automated Do-Not-Call registry, where anybody can opt-out from receiving any calls from a specific caller ID or from phonevite altogether (we’d rather lose potential users than our reputation).

VoIP Fans – We are unabashedly VoIP based.   While VoIP has been losing a lot of steam and getting a bad rep lately with the stock performance of Vonage and  the flameout of Sunrocket, we are all-in believers of VoIP.    Our origins are in VoIP and we plan to stay in this space for quite a while – we believe that Data and Voice will converge totally one day.   Our company name, Ifonoclast, is a twist of the word Iconoclast, which means somebody who breaks tradition, and we are here to destroy the tradition of the regular phone and the internet, to allow people to call in ways never done before.  Thanks for supporting our cause! (sorry for the initial long rambling, it has been a long week with lots of developments) 

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July 27, 2007 at 4:56 pm