Timothy Jacquet knows all about business success. As the host of the daily CORE Business radio show, he provides advice to business owners across the country. Tim is also a businessman himself - and one experience he had as Apple Capital Group's vice president of business development demonstrates how having the right tools in place can make all the difference when the unexpected happens.
The time was Labor Day weekend 2008. The place was Houston, where Apple Capital - a commercial equipment finance company - had just opened an
Moving into a new house allows you to de-clutter and reassess what you need. The same is true of businesses that change offices. When data privacy management company TRUSTe was getting ready to move into a new space in early 2011, it made an effort to examine its needs - specifically its phone system requirements.
TRUSTe's products enable businesses to build trust and increase engagement across their online properties. The firm's privacy framework is used by industry leaders including Apple, AT&T and Disney. You may have seen the TRUSTe logo elsewhere, too: it
BoardDocs.com is a provider of cloud-based government document management tools. The company's service, by enabling municipal, county and state governments to upload and publish document packets using the cloud, ensures rapid information sharing between officials and constituents.
In addition, BoardDocs.com's platform looks and operates the same across myriad devices. Whether a user is on a PC, a tablet or a smartphone, the BoardDocs.com experience is identical. That means files may be edited and delivered more quickly and easily than was possible in the past.
But BoardDocs.com doesn't just deliver a disruptive product:
Adam Fishman is responsible for recruiting new drivers to Lyft, a fast-growing ride-sharing service. Adam, Lyft's director of marketing, is responsible for both growth initiatives and operations - which means he's always on the lookout for tools that can help San Francisco-based Lyft gain ground in the urban transportation market.
One of the tools on which Adam's team has grown reliant is RingCentral Office (RingCentral's complete business phone system hosted in the cloud). Before using Office, Lyft's employees were using cell phones to communicate with current and prospective drivers. But that was far from ideal, Adam told us.
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Organic By Nature, Inc. produces organic dietary supplements that promote health and well-being. The company, Tom told us in a recent conversation, was founded with the goal of offering simple, pure nutritional products.
"Our founder, Dave Sandoval, had worked for a conventional supplement company and saw how unscrupulously it was run," Tom said. "He left and started his own company in response."
For a business that has simplicity as one of its guiding values, however, Organic By Nature had a devilishly complex phone system. Tom, who is charged with Organic By Nature's
You may be a fan of RingCentral business phone service - but are you a Superfan?
We created the RingCentral Superfan Program to give our happiest customers a chance to make their voices heard. RingCentral Superfans receive a number of special benefits, including:
Invitations to product beta tests
Webinars and educational programs
A venue to provide product feedback
Opportunities to be "interviewed" for a story on RingCentral Connect
In the near future, we'll be introducing an online community for Superfans, as well. It will give Superfans a chance to share RingCentral tips
Patrick Houston is a seasoned tech media veteran. He wrote for and served as a bureau chief at Businessweek before leading Yahoo's tech channel - and later became the editor-in-chief of CNET, the nation's most widely read tech news platform.
Now, Patrick is trying his hand at entrepreneurship with CloudBase3.com. The site - an offshoot of Patrick's many years communicating with tech experts and writing for the consumer - helps companies with their cloud-service purchase decisions.
"The site's purpose is providing expert ratings and reviews, customer ratings, product and service rankings
Sunwarrior is an international nutrition supplement supplier for large chains such as Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe and Health Smart. The company created a protein-based supplement that is organic, dairy-, soy-, genetically modified organism- and allergen-free. While the company provided the market with a popular niche product, they were losing business because of their out-of-date ShoreTel PBX system.
The company went down a conventional path with regard to its phone system, paying thousands of dollars upfront for hardware. But as expensive as it was, the system crashed half a dozen times