Before “Startup” was one word, before Facebook and Google alumni were the “in crowd” in the startup scene, and before everyone had cable internet, a new revolution was happening in the Washington DC area. That revolution was AOL alumni founding startups.
John Bracken is one of those AOL alumni. At the time, the largest consumer online service was based in Northern Virginia. We call it a consumer online service because Steve Case said last week at an event that it wasn’t before AOL turned six years old that the service could actually access the internet. Commercial companies were banned until then.
If you think you’ve heard Bracken’s name before you might have. He was a co-founder for e-vite which was the original online invitation and event service. This was years before Eventbrite.
Well Bracken is back and just like e-vite, Bracken’s new startup self serves a problem that he has had with conference calls. A problem that he knows others have. In fact a startup in the conference call space, UberConference, won the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Cup last week in New York.
Bracken’s startup is called Speek and it allows people to initiate conference calls much easier than they could with traditional conference calling methods. With Speek, long gone are the days of tedious 800 numbers to remember, and unusually long codes to remember.
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Bracken also hated traditional conference call platforms because you never know who’s on the line, or who’s doing the talking. Also, following up a conference calls with shared files is a pain in the ass. Until now.
Speek is super easy to use. The first thing you do is sign up for a Speek link, in fact right now there are great links available I was able to get my first name, as were the others on our team.
After that Speek will ask you to enter your number and the service will call you. Then when you want to have a conference call you give people your Speek link and the service will conference everyone together.
Once you’re in the call a screen will show up with everyone on the call, and as they start speaking their avatar will light up so yo know who’s talking. If you’ve ever had a conference call filled with New Yorkers, Canadians or people from Boston, it can be hard to track who’s talking.
As for those files we talked about earlier, you can drop the files in the Speek service and everyone has easy access to the same file.
Check out Bracken’s pitch at the recent TechBUZZ event at Capital Connection:
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