Streamlining workflow and communication continues to be a challenge for a lot of organizations -- especially when dealing with remote employees, which is becoming increasingly commonplace. Investing in the right tools, like a platform for group calls, is key.
We asked 10 entrepreneurs from YEC what their current favorite tool for group calls is, and why. Whether you're looking for something less expensive, more user-friendly or multi-functional, there are a variety to choose from -- their best answers are below.
Speek.com is an easy way to set up a custom number for team members. It's simple and easy to use from a phone or a computer. It has a nice feature where you can even set it to call your phone. – Phil Laboon, Eyeflow Internet Marketing
Join.Me provides quick and easy access for internal or external meetings and the ability to screen share via a web browser. Unlike other tools and services, it doesn't require any downloads! It's perfect for startup culture. – Kelsey Recht, VenueBook
Sqwiggle is a new tool that is very convenient for remote teams. You can conduct group calls at ease and see all members of the team -- they have great file sharing and do not take up as much bandwidth as other group video-calling tools. – Randy Rayess, VenturePact
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UberConference enables us to record calls if needed and provides a simple dial-in number for participants and the organizer. Unlike many other options, it doesn't require everyone to enter those horrible long pin numbers. And it's cheap -- just $10 a month. – Grant Gordon, Solomon Consulting Group
Our team has tested most of the video conferencing tools available, and we always come back to Skype, regardless of its flaws (occasional dropped calls or minor video glitches), for group video/audio calls. We've found that the quality of sound/video tends to be better than other platforms. We even record all of our podcasts through Skype calls. Best of all, it is tough to beat the price. – Joshua Dorkin, BiggerPockets, Inc.
Skype has been the standard in video conference calls for a long time -- too long. It is ripe with bugs that will seemingly never get fixed. I have been testing Viber recently. I like it more because of its call quality, user interface and public chats. It's not too hard to move your team to a new service. It took each of our team members less than 5 minutes to install and create Viber accounts. – Jared Brown, Hubstaff
At LoveThatFit, we love GoToMeeting. The app works on any tablet, smartphone or computer and we never have any connection issues. Often I start a meeting on my laptop and then switch to my iPhone if we're running over and I need to head to another meeting. Also, it is easy to change presenters, can show video and you can easily see demos on other people's screen. – Gina Mancuso, LoveThatFit
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HipChat by Atlassian, the makers of the software tool JIRA, has native apps for all platforms and contains all the features you need, like screensharing and group chat. It also has history and permission features, and integrates with dozens of other startup tools to get statuses chatted to you when something happens in another system. It's $2 a user for premium or free for basic. – Brian Fritton, Patch of Land
9. Google Hangouts
It's free and anyone with a Gmail account can access it without downloading software. We even hacked together a page where anyone on the team can go to do an impromptu group call without having to send someone a special URL. – Mattan Griffel, One Month
Here at MailTrack.io, we started with Google Hangouts and then went to HipChat -- it's also the program we use for internal communication. But none of them has beaten Zoom.us so far. Their connection quality is amazing, even for their free version. No wonder they already have over 30,000 companies working with them. – Nacho Gonzalez, Mailtrack.io - The double-check for Gmail