Slack is an incredible tool for both groups and one on one
communication. Slack allows you to break up your conversations in
“channels” making relevant information easy to find. To add to the
convenience, Slack comes with an easy to use a mobile app and integrates
with many other tools such as Restyaboard, Trello, JIRA, and Twitter.
Skype for Business
Skype for Business is available as part of Microsoft’s Office 365
package, which comes with the full Office suite (Word, Excel,
Powerpoint, etc.). Skype for Business features all of the stuff you’d
expect from a product with Skype in the name: instant messaging, audio
calls, and video chat. But it also has features businesses need to
keep safe and compliant, like local hosting and permission control.
As part of the Office suite, it also deeply integrates with your
calendar and contacts from Outlook, as well as documents from Word and
Excel. Are you an existing Microsoft customer? You probably already
have this! If not, it’ll set you back $8.25/user/month.
Lifesize allows startups to have video, web, and audio conferences
along with the option to record and share meetings. It also makes it
easy to integrate video from almost any platform available, giving
your startup the look and feel of a top-tier business without the
Join.me is one of the best options when it comes to connecting and
collaborating with your team. This tool gives startups the ability to
share audio, video, whiteboard, live chat, and enable users to share
control over their screen. The rich range of annotation and remote
access features also makes this tool great for sales demos.
Join.me can be used for free, but to lift the participant cap to 5 and
host unlimited meetings, you’ll have to buy a plan starting at
Zoom — ranked the #1 meeting tool by Gartner in 2018 — is a fast and
reliable video conferencing software that works great for internal and
client meetings alike.
It features screen-sharing, annotation, and cloud-hosted meeting
recordings that you can automatically upload and share. A great use
case to keep your team in the loop is to use a fixed room for
recurring team meetings and integrate it with Slack to automatically
Share the recording with participants afterward.
Zoom’s pricing starts at $14.99/host/month — and just one host can
have up to 100 participants.