Liz Gannes

Recent Posts by Liz Gannes Tries to Make Online Meetings Modern and Accessible

Every couple months we hear of another startup wanting to take down WebEx and GoToMeeting. And, given my gig, I’m a total sucker for that particular pitch. The latest is, from a company called YouDazzle, backed by former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya and NetSuite co-founder Evan Goldberg. is an audio- and videoconferencing web app that’s built to work across platforms including iOS and Android without any software downloads, both for hosting and attending meetings.

It’s not a dramatically different approach to conference calls, but it’s built to be more accessible and mobile. said it allows for co-browsing the Web by multiple participants in a meeting, and is integrated with many cloud file services, like Box and Dropbox. Each host gets a standing URL where they can slap on their own brand art.

The service is free for up to three participants and 500 meeting minutes, and costs as much as $199 per month for more than 500 participants and unlimited meeting minutes.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik