Rapidly Growing Startups Like Groopt Upgrade to AnyMeeting Company Plans

AnyMeeting Now Adds Nearly 25,000 New Users Monthly As Small Businesses Discover Its All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Tool Designed and Priced for Small Business

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – June 10, 2014 – Momentum for AnyMeeting (www.anymeeting.com) continues to grow as small businesses — the major growth engine of the U.S. economy1 — discover its easy-to-use, affordable, all-in-one conferencing tool.

Serving small businesses across industries including technology, healthcare, professional services, real estate and financial services, AnyMeeting delivers a powerful all-in-one conferencing tool for everyday use. A growing number of companies are adopting AnyMeeting to cut travel and meeting costs and simplify training and collaboration.In particular, an increasing number are buying AnyMeeting Company Plans, which offer a range of administrator controls together with access to AnyMeeting’s all-in-one conferencing tool for a number of employees. With Company Plans, administrators can add and remove users, manage consolidated billing, and view detailed meeting activity reports.

AnyMeeting CEO and founder, Costin Tuculescu, notes that momentum for AnyMeeting is a testament to the company’s dedication and focus on small business: “More than half a million new companies are launched each month, and to stand out, they need tools to communicate with remote colleagues, engage with clients and prospects, demo products and conduct training, all while tightly controlling costs.  AnyMeeting is all about making that easy for small businesses.”

Easy Upgrade Path to Company Plans, Anytime

AnyMeeting Company Plans provide host accounts for three or more people in a company, plus administrator controls to manage them.  Every user gets access to AnyMeeting’s all-in-one conferencing tool featuring 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more. Rapidly growing start-up Groopt http://groopt.com is among the many AnyMeeting customers that have recently made the decision to upgrade to a new AnyMeeting Company Plan.

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Groopt’s Goal to Deliver Clear and Reliable Communication to New and Existing Clients

headShots_Pat (1)Patrick Allen is founder and CEO of Groopt, a bootstrapped start-up based in San Francisco. The five-year-old firm began as a boutique design agency and pivoted a year ago into a thriving, 14-employee database platform for faith, nonprofit, alumni, sports, political and social groups. Like many entrepreneurs, Allen realized the company’s success depends on having clear and reliable communication with both existing clients and new business prospects, making Web conferencing an important consideration.

Allen recognized that early-stage organizations like Groopt need to be smart and nimble with their finances, and that sending employees to in-person meetings all over the globe would be unsustainable. The value of Web conferencing for entrepreneurs like Allen is immeasurable. Being able to conduct productive and comprehensive meetings with integrated screen sharing, shared documents and notes, live polls, and full audio and video conferencing from anywhere can have an immensely positive impact on their businesses.

Groopt Addresses the Web and Video Conferencing Challenge

Groopt initially tried a variety of Web conferencing tools ranging from established players like GoToMeeting and Skype to lesser known solutions. As Allen explains it, the services were either too expensive or cumbersome, or worst of all, made participants download software before entering the meeting.  After experimenting with various upgrades and approaches, he was close to giving up on Web conferencing all together.

Finding the Best Web and Video Conferencing Solution for Small Business With AnyMeeting

Allen was introduced to small business Web conferencing leader AnyMeeting through a mutual acquaintance, so he decided to give the service a try.  What attracted him to AnyMeeting was that the cloud-based service was developed specifically for small businesses like Groopt.

He started by using AnyMeeting’s core service and liked it enough that he encouraged his staff to give AnyMeeting a try. Across the board the team found AnyMeeting to be elegantly designed, intuitive, and most of all, reliable. After a few short weeks, Groopt’s team had become so enamored with AnyMeeting that they often found themselves promoting the service to webinar participants.  Allen recently elected to upgrade Groopt to AnyMeeting’s Company Plan, providing accounts for his entire team along with administrator controls, consolidated billing and reporting his company needed.

AnyMeeting Web Conferencing is an Integral Tool for SMB Growth

Groopt has continued to grow and just released its newest product, a mobile-friendly database to help any group measure and leverage its data to achieve its membership, civic or funding goals. According to Allen, AnyMeeting’s Web conferencing services will continue to be an integral part of the company’s strong growth.

As a cloud-based and browser-based solution, no pre-installation, training, or configuration by administrators or IT staff is necessary.  The service is conveniently integrated with audio on the phone, so participants can join by either phone or computer.  Attendees on the go can also join the online meeting using their iPhone, iPad or Android tablet.

About AnyMeeting

Based in Orange County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small business Web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 500,000 small business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost ad-free options.  Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting offers a complete web conferencing and webinar service built on the company’s proven Software as a Service platform.  Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration.  AnyMeeting is the best choice for small businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can benefit from online meetings.  Current investors include Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu Forum.  For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.


  1. According to the Small Business Association, 28 million small businesses are thriving in the US and more than 22 million are self-employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called non employers) Of these, more than 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business


AnyMeeting Launches Desktop App to Make Online Meetings Even Simpler, More Accessible

Small Business Web Conferencing Leader Enables Instant Launch of Online Meetings From the Desktop

ORANGE COUNTY, CA–(Jan 3, 2014) – AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com), a leading provider of web and video conferencing software for small business, today announced the launch of “AnyMeeting Desktop”, a simple Windows system tray application that simplifies starting and joining meetings — making online meetings even more accessible for everyday use.

“Web, video and phone conferencing can help nearly every small business be more productive,” said Costin Tuculescu, CEO and founder of AnyMeeting. “With instant access to AnyMeeting’s all-in-one conferencing tool directly from the desktop, we’re becoming a more integral part of small businesses’ everyday workflow.”

AnyMeeting Desktop provides quick access to AnyMeeting’s easy-to-use, all-in-one conferencing tool, allowing an AnyMeeting account holder to quickly start a new meeting, join an existing meeting, invite others, and access their phone conference information. Once installed, the application is available with a single click from the user’s Windows system tray. Designed to meet all the conferencing needs of small business – from a one-on-one video conference to a 200-person webinar — AnyMeeting features 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more, plus support for up to 200 participants.

Users can download the AnyMeeting Desktop app immediately after signing up for an AnyMeeting account, or any time later from their AnyMeeting Account Manager by clicking the Downloads tab.

About AnyMeeting
Based in Orange County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small business web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 450,000 small business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost ad-free options. Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting offers a complete web conferencing and webinar service built on the company’s proven Software as a Service platform. Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration. AnyMeeting is the best choice for small businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can benefit from online meetings. Current investors include Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu Forum. For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

AnyMeeting Integrates With VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Oct 18, 2012) – AnyMeeting, the free web conference and online meeting solution for small business, today announced it has integrated with VMware Zimbra® Collaboration Server™ with the launch of the AnyMeeting Zimlet.

The new AnyMeeting Zimlet gives Zimbra users the ability to schedule, launch and manage AnyMeeting online meetings all from within Zimbra. Users can designate meetings as AnyMeetings with a single click, or simply drag-and-drop contacts and emails onto the AnyMeeting Zimlet icon.

AnyMeeting is a full-featured web conferencing platform for small business, featuring 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, application sharing, chat, polls, meeting recording and more, plus support for up to 200 participants.

“We are very excited to work with an industry leader like VMware,” said David Gerken, Vice President of Business Development at AnyMeeting. “It’s an important step in our mission to bring the power of online meetings to everyone.”

VMware Zimbra is the email and collaboration suite built for the Post-PC era. More than 200,000 service providers, businesses, universities and government organizations rely on Zimbra to power more than 85 million paid mailboxes.

“Online meetings are a vital part of doing business today,” said Andy Pflaum, senior director, VMware Zimbra strategic alliances. “The AnyMeeting Zimlet takes advantage of Zimbra’s extensibility to provide users with an easy-to-use web conferencing solution that can make managing meetings from within the Zimbra platform even more convenient.”  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

Online Meetings, A Valuable Tool For Small Business


The web conference or online meeting has become a valuable tool for small businesses, opening a variety of options for connecting with clients and colleagues immediately.  As the growth of the small business community continues, we see an increasing amount of companies with employees working remotely.

In fact, a survey of 1,500 business owners was conducted earlier this year by Elance, a site that matches employers with employees who are able to work remotely.  The survey found that 54 percent of those business owners expect the majority of their work force to be working online by 2017.

A remote work force can help remove barriers that small businesses previously faced.  Employers are no longer bound by the location of their employees, and can select the best talent available, not just the best talent located in the immediate area.  Employees are no longer obligated to relocate their families when accepting a position that is located on the other side of the country.

The web conference now allows employers to connect with their remote workers in real time, who can share progress with their current assignments and discuss upcoming projects.  Employers can also train new employees and conduct performance reviews.  Web conferencing literally tears down the walls of the conventional office and provides a more flexible work environment.

The online meeting can also save time when conducting business with clients.  Instead of dealing with the travel time and expense it can take to meet with an existing or perspective client in person, the web conference can get that important meeting started immediately, and at no cost with a solution like AnyMeeting.

There are several resources available online that offer tips to help ensure a smooth and successful web conference.  Productivity501.com  has several articles including one with nine tips for effective online meetings.

Keep Telling Us Your AnyMeeting Success Story

Everyone loves a success story, so please keep sending them.  We have received some great stories last month, but we want more.  So, we are extending the contest and encourage you to enter your success story if you have not already.  Your AnyMeeting success story may now be entered throughout the month of September. At the end of the month, story submissions from 10 finalists will be featured on Facebook.  A winner will be selected and receive the grand prize of a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet.

How do you enter? It’s easy. Simply send an email with a link to your AnyMeeting recorded meeting (or record a new one) to press@anymeeting.com (subject line: AnyMeeting Success Story Submission).Be sure your “story” will help others learn (or laugh). Feel free to get creative. Include any details of the meeting or webinar results (e.g. how it helped your business). What was unique or interesting about your presentation, the meeting format, how you got people to attend your meeting and the results of your efforts?

This is a terrific opportunity to showcase your skills, highlight your business and win the new Google Android tablet! Start a New Meeting Now.

5 Tips For a Gold Medal Online Meeting Performance

Gold Medal Performance

We all get inspired and motivated from watching the Olympics.  Watching athletes give their best to earn a gold medal inspires us to give our best performance as business professionals.  A large part of the business world involves meetings, and a growing number of those meetings are online and involve web conferencing.

With this in mind, here are five tips that will help you give a gold medal worthy performance at your next online meeting.

  1. Test your equipment – Make sure that the computer you will be using meets the requirements needed to properly host a meeting.  The AnyMeeting System Test is a great way to run a test on your computer and make sure you are good to go.
  2. Avoid distractions – It’s important to be mindful of your location before you enter an online meeting and what distractions in the room (or on your person) may draw attention away from your presentation.  Make sure any distracting elements are not able to be seen or heard before you begin.  “When preparing for a Web meeting, imagine that your office is on stage and that the “audience” is in the room,” Chris Christopher, Microsoft Business.
  3. Are you prepared? – Even if you are not the host of the meeting, you may still have to give a presentation.  Be sure to practice before the meeting to ensure a flawless performance.  You will also want to be mindful of your audience (the others in the meeting) and what questions or input they might have. “Make sure you have everything prepared before the meeting. Video conferencing will tend to magnify any lack of preparation on your part,” Mark Shead, Productivity 501.
  4. Who speaks when? – Most online meetings have more than one person presenting.  If you are the host, make sure everyone knows when it is their turn to speak and/or present.  This will help ensure the flow of the meeting, and that everyone is ready when it’s time for their presentation.  “At the beginning of the virtual meeting, set ground rules for passing control and speaking,” Patrick Moran, Mashable Business.
  5. Keep them engaged – Meetings, online or in person can be boring and tedious.  So, be sure to keep everyone engaged.  Have your audience answer questions, ask for input and/or questions from your audience, or even tell a joke or two (keep it clean though).  This will help keep your audience in the game and paying attention.  “Inject fun into the event. Need fun stuff sprinkled throughout,” Tony Karrer, eLearning Technology.

As business professionals, meetings have become a large part of our everyday lives at the office.  Be it with clients or colleagues, if your meeting is online, following these tips will help you give a gold medal presentation.

AnyMeeting Launches New “Quick Start” Program for Large Network Marketing Firms

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 10, 2012 – AnyMeeting, the free web conference and online meeting solution, today announced its new “Quick Start” program for large network marketing firms.  The program will provide these firms with a free, company-branded web conferencing tool, which can be made available to all of their distributors at no cost.  AnyMeeting is launching the program with a number of top network marketing firms including Ambit Energy, Southwestern, Stella & Dot and USANA.

“We have developed strong relationships in the network marketing community, and are very excited to offer our new program, designed specifically for them,” said David Gerken, Vice President of Business Development at AnyMeeting.  “With our completely free model and intuitive interface, AnyMeeting is ideally suited to network marketing companies and their networks of independent distributors.”

Offering a full-function web conferencing product, AnyMeeting meets all of the online meeting needs of network marketing distributors.  The service provides distributors with six-way video conferencing, conference calling, screen sharing, recorded meetings, integration with Facebook and Twitter, and much more.  The Quick Start program can be rolled out in only a few days, and with no IT resources from the partner.  AnyMeeting is also able to integrate with a company’s own back-office systems for distributors, supporting single sign-on, contact sharing, calendar synching and more.  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

AnyMeeting Launches Improved System Test Feature

AnyMeeting System Test

At AnyMeeting, we want you to hold a successful online meeting every time, and key to this is making sure your system is up-to-date and running at its peak performance.  Therefore, we have just introduced an improved system test feature that will make sure you’re good to go.

Run the system test on your computer before your next meeting or webinar.  Simply click on the “Check your computer” button at the top of your account manager page.  You can also go to www.anymeeting.com/systemtest.  Any attendee invitations you send out automatically include this link, too.  For additional information on technical issues, please visit AnyMeeting’s Knowledgebase.

The system test checks many technical elements, from your operating system to network and JavaScript settings, to your current Flash and Java versions installed.  It will also check your speakers and screen resolution.

When the test is complete, a detailed report appears with the results, indicating that your system is good, or highlighting existing issues.  Highlighted issues will offer a clear explanation of the problem and link to a solution or suggestions on how it may be resolved.

Meet and Win in May

Meet & Win

How would you like to win a free year of AnyMeeting’s premium ad-free service and a hot Kindle Fire? All you have to do is hold an online meeting using AnyMeeting in May, and you will automatically be entered to win. The more meetings you hold, the more chances you have to win, since you will receive one entry into the drawing every time you organize and hold a web meeting during the month.

One winner will be selected to receive the grand prize of a one year subscription for AnyMeeting’s 25 seat ad-free plan (valued at over $200) and a new Kindle Fire. To be eligible, meetings must be at least 10 minutes long with 2 or more participants, and of course no purchase is necessary. Start or schedule a meeting now…

AnyMeeting is for SO MUCH MORE than Business

Communication Outside the Office

Small, medium or enterprise, every business needs a solution for online meetings.  When meeting with clients or colleagues in different locations, AnyMeeting can be instrumental in bringing businesses and professionals together.  But, it can be used for more than just business right?

Absolutely, online meetings can bring friends, family and acquaintances together as well.  Here are some ways AnyMeeting can help bridge the communication gap outside the office.

  • Sports team and league meetings – Meet with coaches and parents and discuss team and league activities before and during the season.
  • Community meetings – With busy work schedules, it’s hard for everyone to attend community meetings.  AnyMeeting gives everyone the opportunity to attend from their desk, and make sure their voice is heard.
  • Party/event planning – Planning a big party or event?  Get everyone involved together quickly and work out the party details.  Don’t get caught up in the chain of confusing back and forth “Reply All” emails.
  • Connect with family and friends – Bring friends and family members from different locations together, especially those who may not have connected in a long time.  AnyMeeting lets you create your own online family reunion.

Our lives get filled with so many obligations that it often can be hard to attend important meetings in person, let alone connect in person with family and friends far away.  However, with the help of a good solution like AnyMeeting, you can bridge the communication gap inside and outside the office.

We have seen from surveys that users are already relying on AnyMeeting for many non-business meetings, including soccer clubs, scout troop and community meetings, and party planning with family and friends.  So, next time you’re faced with organizing a bunch of people, and you can’t meet in person, use AnyMeeting, and why not?  It’s free.