18 Comments

Summary:

While they can’t eliminate the actual conference calls themselves, the founders of a new service called Gaboogie want to help reduce the administrative headaches of setting up and conducting conference calls, starting with a feature that calls the participants directly. If Gaboogie’s web-based setup delivers as […]

While they can’t eliminate the actual conference calls themselves, the founders of a new service called Gaboogie want to help reduce the administrative headaches of setting up and conducting conference calls, starting with a feature that calls the participants directly.

If Gaboogie’s web-based setup delivers as promised and eliminates the need for lengthy passwords, pin numbers and other prompts, they might just succeed in getting people to actually participate in conference calls, instead of cursing and dialing and redialing, trying to connect. What more, they promise cooperation with your Google calendar as well.

gaboogie.jpg

The brainchild of VoIP veteran Erik Lagerway (founder of SIP softphone concern XTen, now known as CounterPath) and Daniel Gibbons, Gaboogie also offers the ability to record and syndicate calls via RSS, just in case someone wasn’t able to participate on time — imagine that! Pricing is sold through bundles of Gaboogie minutes, starting at $30 for 250 minutes (and a maximum 150 participants), up to $500 for 10,000 minutes. Gaboogie is live Monday, at Gaboogie.com.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. Stanley Wong Monday, May 7, 2007

    Wow! Pretty cool service. I like how it automates something that is very tedious task. Add integration with things like Google Calendar and it’ll be perfect!

  2. Daniel Gibbons Monday, May 7, 2007

    Thanks for the write-up, Paul. We’re looking forward to lots of feedback from our first wave of users.

  3. Just couple of issues:

    1. Often people don’t know where they are going to take conference calls from – its some times from home, sometimes from desk phone, some times from cell phone.
    2. While integration with google calendar is cool, its just that – cool…not many corporations use google calendaring.

    This service needs tweaking before it can take off.

  4. Jim Whiteley Monday, May 7, 2007

    Just one question. Why is over 95% of the conferences today “inbound bridge calls”? Because that what people want.

  5. Duane Storey Monday, May 7, 2007

    Why is over 95% of the conferences today “inbound bridge calls”? Because that what people want.

    Or maybe because that’s all they have access to?

  6. Daniel Gibbons Monday, May 7, 2007

    Sateesh: Good points and thanks for the input. Totally agree that GCal is a niche audience, and the world lives on Outlook. We’ll have solutions for this shortly. Also, Gaboogie can call multiple numbers for each participant, but we will be pushing out some features to make it easier for the attendees to update the numbers that call them.

  7. Daniel Gibbons Monday, May 7, 2007

    Jim: You’re right in that business users are used to the dial-in paradigm, but we’re confident a good number of them will welcome an alternative. Thanks for the feedback.

  8. Follow up on Sateesh’ comment, it would be nice to see it integrate with web conferencing systems, from basic ones like MeetMeNow or pay per use offerings to full blown services. Integration with presence systems would be good to, as a way to determine the best number.

  9. Daniel Gibbons Monday, May 7, 2007

    Mikec: Integration with everything is a big priority for us :)

  10. brad dupee Monday, May 7, 2007

    this is, in essence, a nice feature that many, many conferencing platforms have today in a simpler form. (dial-out)

    bulk calling and or finding a person based on their multiple contact #’s is cool…but
    my outstanding knee-jerk question: what % of the conferencing market is made up of standing conferencing calls where this might have value, with the exact same participants each time? I reckon it is a relative minority chunk. Guys?

Comments have been disabled for this post