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May 7, 2014

Can You Hear Me Now?

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There have been several intriguing ideas and thoughts exchanged at TechCrunch Disrupt NY relating to the way business is conducted in a variety of fields. A couple of new platforms have been presented, each looking to fill a role in the workplace. What’s interesting is that these products aren’t necessarily aimed at consumers, but at enterprises and the people “behind” the creation of tools that are, indeed, geared for the general public.

One example is codeanywhere, the “Google Docs for developers.” Co-founders Ivan Burazin and Vedran Jukic seek to provide a solution that will enable developers to code and fix bugs in the cloud.

In an a related conversation on the Disrupt NY stage, Github’s Chris Wanstrath shared his opinion that communication tools still fall short of what today’s developers expect. He believes that there is a large opportunity to solve this gaping hole of inefficiency. He stated that this was “an unsolved problem,” and that “It doesn’t feel like any one cracked it.”

The issue of ineffectual communication tools is one very familiar to us at Zula. Following Wanstrath’s comments, I became interested in conducting an ongoing survey of how companies, startups and established alike, currently conduct business.

Where are conference calls made? Messaging? What would businesses like to see change?

In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to presenting you with interviews that will lend insight to the way we communicate and where we are headed. If you would like to participate in this conversation, I would love to hear from you!

-Jason
jason@zulaapp.com