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January 5, 2015

Hottest Business Messaging News of the Week

Business Messaging News

From the looks of the hottest business messaging news of the week, it is clear that 2015 is going to be an exciting year in the industry. These apps and services are extending beyond businesses as they’re making waves in education, personal routines, and more.

Check out the news that caught our attention, and read more on our Building Zula Flipboard.


How Cold E-mails Led This 29-Year-Old To Get Funded By Mark Cuban And Google

Ilya Semin, the 29-year-old CEO of Datanyze, turned to one of the older tricks in the book to grab the attention of the likes of Mark Cuban, Google, and the VP of Sales of Kissmetrics: cold e-mails. He turned to these power houses asking for feedback and advice, tweaking his product along the way. His efforts were sure worth it! Semin’s pearls of wisdom, “If you want advice, ask for money. If you want money, ask for advice.”


Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

It’s safe to say that 2014 was one of the biggest years in edtech, and 2015 is the year in which technology will become an intrinsic part of the learning process. Between the rise of available web tools and cloud-based learning management systems, and the decline in available budgets- connected classroom technologies are a win-win for students, teachers, and local governments. What’s more? Parents will have online access to the learning and development process of their children in real-time.


Here’s How Chat Apps Are Becoming As Important As Social Media For Brands

Talk about out-of-the-box thinking! Brands can use chat apps to reap results similar to that of social media (when done right.) How? But tastefully making use of the push notifications that come from public posts and private chats. Send personal messages, drop in a link, and boom! Bear in mind, this new form of marketing isn’t meant for everyone to practice, as most innocent mistakes can be perceived as spammy. But if you’re a marketer or work with one- this is definitely something worth talking about. This article provides examples on how Sir Paul McCartney (or his team rather) successfully pulled it off.


X.ai Raises $9.2M At A $40M Valuation For Its Al-Based Email Assistant Who Sets Up Meetings

NY-based startup x.ai is on a mission. They have created digital personal assistants that users can summon by way of the cc: field in emails, to help schedule meetings with others. It may sound odd at first, but if you think about it, it can be a time-saver when you’re having to deal with a series of back-and-forths trying to find the best time slot that works for all parties. There isn’t any app to open either. It just works. This might also come in handy for people meeting up through services such as Tinder and event-planning platforms.