Awards and Promotions

We Have a Winner! #MobileYear Sweepstakes Winner, James Doyle

MobileYear Sweepstakes WinnerThe #MobileYear sweepstakes ended at the end of January and we’ve connected with our winner, mister James Doyle of the greater Tampa Bay area in Florida, for a brief chat about how he plans to use his winnings. As you recall, we proudly partnered with Remotive and Sneek, two awesome companies for remote professionals, to put together a prize package of distance working assets worth well over $1,000. Together with one free year of Dash Business VoIP Service, James is all set to tackle anything his business gets tossed his way. And as we found out, it turns out this is about the best possible timing imaginable for him, because he’s recently launched a new business.

Serendipity and Swoll

For those that may not be aware, “swoll,” is one of those new terms to describe what the youth in America refer to as being really bulked up from a lot of working out. And while James never actually used that term, it’s definitely related to his new business. James has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and, after honing his customer service skills through a successful career in the hospitality industry, he decided to combine his passion for fitness with his love for, well, dessert. Enter the newest sensation sweeping the fitness nation, FREEZINda! This is James’ patent-pending concept of an easy and enjoyable way for athletes to eat protein powder in a nice, frozen, ice cream-like form. The good timing of becoming the #MobileYear sweepstakes winner coinciding with the launch of a new business can’t possibly be overstated, especially with James’ bi-coastal lifestyle.

With You Wherever You Work(out)

James may call Tampa Bay home, but he has family in San Diego, enjoys vacationing in the summer all the way up in Anchorage, Alaska, and has business partners and franchises popping up all over the country so, clearly, he’s a man on the go. James recognizes the importance of establishing a good amount of momentum as soon as possible after launching a new company and counts the flexibility of his new remote working toolbox among his best assets to accomplishing that. Plus, considering he has employees, franchise opportunities, and supply partners scattered across the globe, he is going to be on the move a lot over the next year.

Stay Tuned for the Next Opportunity

We don’t make a habit of running sweepstakes that often, but we had a record-breaking amount of turnout for the #MobileYear sweepstakes, and really that can’t be ignored. While we can’t guarantee when the next such opportunity will come along, we can definitely tell you it has gotten us thinking about how we’re going to execute on the next one. The best way to keep in the loop for whenever that may be is to be like James and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Plus, you can always get some insight into what we have coming around the corner by taking a gander at our interactive VirtualPBX Product Roadmap on Trello. You can comment on what we’re doing, make suggestions, and you just might even get some inclination of what else we have brewing in the sweepstakes department, too.

Thanks to everyone who entered and helped to make this #MobileYear Sweepstakes such a huge success and please join me in congratulating James and wishing him luck with FREEZINda!

The Year of Excellence – Dash is Awarded VoIP Combo

VoIP ComboI know it seems unlikely, but the results are in and the past nearly 12 months have been a whirlwind for Dash, the business VoIP option that’s taking the industry by storm. And in keeping with the hit-the-ground-running-take-no-prisoners attitude that Dash had from the moment it landed, it’s ending its first year with a bang. In unprecedented fashion, Dash has just been awarded a pair of the most prestigious awards available for products in the hosted communications space. The VoIP combo to end all VoIP combos, Dash has just won the 2017 Internet Telephony Product of the Year and the 2016 Unified Communications Excellence Award!

VoIP Combo wins VoIP Combo?

It’s a bit of a mouthful, but these two big wins for Dash are similar to the one-two punch combo of beauty and brawn that has made Dash so successful thus far. In almost exactly one year, Dash has proven that the industry that was previously dominated by engineering-heavy and clunky, cumbersome VoIP products is ready, and eager, for something new. Dash has the backing of the full feature set of an enterprise-grade telephone network but with the sleek styling and intuitive interface of the latest consumer applications. This VoIP combo makes Dash ideal for addressing the complex unified communications needs of a modern business without requiring businesses to source highly specialized technical talent to do it. Anyone on any tea can log into the Dash user portal and begin using it. Or, and likely another reason why Dash has caught on so quickly, because of Dash’s nearly universal device compatibility, new users can often just access Dash for the first time right off of their smartphones.

2016 Excellence AwardInternet Telephony Product of the Year Award

It’s Tough to Start on a High Note

This is a fine problem to have, but winning these two awards so early in the 2017 calendar year makes it a bit daunting to consider where we’ll go from here. The fact is, though, that as proud as we are about how well our customers and peers have received Dash over the past twelve months, we haven’t really had the time to stop and enjoy it. That’s because we’ve been hard at work building out our VirtualPBX Product Roadmap and filling it with the projects of today, tomorrow, and beyond in the interest of never getting comfortable and taking successes like Dash for granted. We understand that with every new accolade that Dash receives, there is more motivation for our very talented and capable peers in the VoIP industry to eventually build something that will knock is down a few pegs. Until that time, however, we’ll be hard at, too. Because our customers depend on us to keep them connected while growing into their own great recognitions, we’ll never get tired of innovating new ways to help take them there.

No matter when the next milestone for us is released, you can make a point to see what all of the fuss has been about and check out Dash for yourself. You can even get a full two weeks of free Dash demo time on the platform for you and your team by signing up here. Either way please make sure to let us know on Twitter and Facebookwhat you think and how we can help your business telephone problems a thing of the past.

Sneek is Bringing Human Connection to Remote Teams

As a distributed team, we are always looking for new ways to maintain the highest standard of internal communications. When we came up with the concept of #MobileYear Sweepstakes, we set the bar high for the type of sponsor that best represents disruption of the traditional onsite workplace. When we found out how Sneek was revolutionizing the remote working culture, we realized we struck gold. With distributed teams and remote work growing in popularity, companies have been searching for a way to bring office culture to the digital space.

Say hello to Sneek.

Sneek is Bringing Human Connection to Remote Teams

From “Santa Goes Remote”

Q1. What is Sneek and how does it work?

In its simplest form, Sneek brings human contact back to the remote teams. The Sneek window is a wall of faces. You can see your whole team on one screen as Sneek takes your photo at a regular interval, 1 minute, 5 minutes or manual mode, all of which you control. You can add a personal status message to your chat head to show off your personality a bit and let your team know how you’re feeling that day. To start a video chat with someone just click on their face and instantly you will be connected for a one on one conversation, or click on multiple faces for a group chat. Sneek features screen sharing, so when explaining something to a teammate you can show them exactly what it is you’re explaining.

Sneek Team

Q2. Why did your remote team build Sneek?

Sneek was the brainchild of Analog Republic, a distributed team of developers from San Diego, Portland, Mexico, London, Brighton, Derry, and Orkney. As their team started expanding they wanted to find a way to feel more like a team rather than isolated workers.  In a real office you can just walk up to a co-workers desk and start a conversation and none of the tools they tried could even come close in terms of providing that kind of intimacy. They started experimenting with some of the already existing tools for team presence. Eventually, they decided that none of them quite made the cut for creating the virtual office experience they needed. They put their experience in building highly scalable infrastructures to use and everyone on the team pitched in their ideas and expertise. After lots of experimenting and refining, Sneek was born.

Q3. When did the Sneek team realize they were on to something big?

About a year had passed and Analog Republic were still using Sneek daily to communicate and stay connected as a team. They realized that it was exactly what they couldn’t find in the market and they decided that they should share it with the world. So on September 27th of 2016 Sneek went live to the public and was met with features on Product Hunt, ComputerWorld and more. They now have users in 569 cities worldwide, including high profile organizations such as British Gas and Lego.

Sneek Slack integrationQ4. What is your favorite Sneek feature?

Slack integration – you can start video chats or send “sneeksnaps” directly from Slack. You can type “/sneeksnap @username” to send an instant photo to your teammates. We also attach a hashtag to sneeksnaps and resurface those hilarious moments over and over again. Whether a teammate is yawning awkwardly, sneezing right as their picture is taken, or sticking headphones up their nose, sharing these micro-moments brings human connection to distributed teams. After all, a team that has fun together is a team that grows together.

Thanks Sneek!

If you are interested in bringing this innovative tool to your remote team you can sign up for a 14-day free trial. You can also follow their journey via blog, Twitter, and Instagram!

It’s not too late to sign up for the #MobileYear Sweepstakes. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to win a free year of Sneek for up to 5 team members + a free year of Dash + lifetime Remotive Slack membership! Sign up before January 31st by noon PST for a chance to win!

Meet The Startup on a Mission to Help Remote Workers Be Productive

Meet The Startup on a Mission to Help Remote Workers Be ProductiveRemote working is less of a niche and more of a standard in 2017. Having the freedom to work remotely does not mean kicking back on the beach holding a piña colada 24/7, but if that’s your thing, you can do just that when you win the Mobile Year Sweepstakes. Remote working means freedom, but it also means a whole other set of challenges outside the scope of a typical 9 to 5 desk job.

No one knows more about remote working challenges then Remotive; a startup that is on a mission to help remote workers be productive. Today we have a special guest in our virtual VirtualPBX office. Meet Adrien Belhomme, a remote working expert at Remotive.

Q1. What is Remotive? Why was it founded?

After spending years helping companies such as Accenture, Google and Buffer think about remote work, Rodolphe learned how to become a great remote worker and decided to start Remotive in 2014, to help people do the same and find a remote job.

Remotive helps 20,000+ remote workers from all over the world to be productive by emailing our best tips, twice a month. Remotive also runs a community where hundreds of actively engaged remote workers support each other. Also, we list over 200 startups who welcome and celebrate remote work, most of which are actively hiring as well.

Q2. What are some main challenges that remote workers face?

Working remotely means working outside of the office. It gives you so many freedoms and perks! But without clear boundaries between working and nonworking hours, it can become difficult to know when to disconnect and switch completely between the two. This is one of the most popular topics in our community, and knowing how and when to disconnect is one of the main challenges that remote workers face.

Q3. What are your favorite productivity hacks?

Establishing a routine is really important. As a remote worker working on multiple projects, I tend to switch tasks too many times during the day. And I can lose my focus. Having a routine and knowing what I’m going to work on in advance is the best hack I know to maximize productivity. Additionally, having a strong routine and schedule is a good way to better delineate between working and nonworking hours.

Q4. What is the Remotive Slack channel like? Why is it a great resource for remote workers?

We see the Remotive Slack team as the world’s largest virtual co-working space. It’s a place where we support each other as a community, and share remote jobs along with the productivity tips to succeed at them! Whether you’re just getting started, or you’re a tenured remote worker, you’ll meet like-minded professionals and surely make new friends. We have members from all around the world, working in design, engineering, marketing, and non-tech jobs like virtual assistants.

If you want more tips to help remote workers be productive from the experts at Remotive you can sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Twitter!

Ready to put these productivity tips to the test? Enter for a chance to win over $1,000 in remote working tools.

Mobile Year Sweepstakes Blog

The #MobileYear Sweepstakes from VirtualPBX is Live!

virtualpbx-mobile-year-giveawayTired of looking at the pictures of your coworker’s extended trip to SCUBA in Belize while the snow is piling up outside? Or maybe you just are feeling that post-holiday malaise and are carrying the weight of returning to work like a ton of bricks. Well boy oh boy do we have good news for you! Starting now, you can go sign up to win over $1,000 in the tools you need to work from anywhere.

What #MobileYear Is

The #MobileYear Sweepstakes is more than just another sign-up-to-win experience from the depths of the internet. This is an opportunity to win big and live big, all while staying connected to the people, places, and things that matter to you and your business. Take a look at what one lucky winner will receive-

  • One free year of Dash VoIP service for all of your business communications. This award-winning hosted business phone system is easy to use anywhere you have a access to the internet and has a $250 value!
  • A lifetime subscription for up to 5 team members to the Remotive channel on Slack valued at $295! For anyone working remotely or who would want to, Remotive is the single best source of remote work tips, jobs, and community news.
  • A year’s subscription to Sneek, the slickest video chat tool for business out there with a whopping value of $600! This tool lets you check-in and check-up-on all of your team members quickly and personally, no matter where any of you are in the world!
  • And most importantly, you also will win the best prize of all – NO MORE EXCUSES! So sign up now!

The #MobileYear Won’t Last Long

We hope you’re as excited about this great collaboration to offer one lucky winner the chance of a lifetime as we are. Don’t let the excitement distract you from doing what you need to do, go sign up now and make sure your name is in the hat. Because the contest ends on January 31, 2017, you’ll need to act fast. Plus, we’re going to offer you more chances to win with the more people you share the sweepstakes with, so make sure to let everyone on Twitter and Facebook know about the contest early and often. Because, who knows, maybe you’ll both be working remotely thanks to these great tools before you know it.

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