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December 26, 2014

Top 10 Insights Shared by Tech Rockstars at the Zula Summit

Zula Summit 2014

The 2014 Zula Messaging Summit in NYC marked the 1-year anniversary of Zula’s launch, and winning the “Audience Choice Award” at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in 2013.

Many emerging companies attended the Zula Summit, to learn about the state of business messaging now, and where it is headed in the future. The speakers and panelists included some of the biggest innovators, venture capitalists, and influencers in the NYC tech scene.

The summit was a success, and there were many lessons learned along the way as we were planning the event. Many attendees and supporters are still talking about what they have learned from the day-long summit.

We decided to compile a list of all that was covered at the summit. Please feel free to click through to read quick summaries and watch footage of the speakers and panelists in action.

Top 10 Insights Shared by Tech Rockstars at the Zula Summit

  1. The 4 Pain Points of Team Communication
    Panel moderated by Zula CMO Hillel Fuld, featuring Jay Yarow of Business Insider, Ari Zoldan of Quantum Networks, Jack Mark of Mobile Heartbeat, and Danny Schultz of Gotham Ventures.
  2. Why Messaging Needs More Humanity
    Jeff Pulver, pioneer of VoIP and Chairman of Zula discussed the communication of feelings across all forms of messaging.
  3. Does Messaging in the Workplace Have a Pain Point?
    Jacob Ner David, CEO of Zula, is frequently asked “What’s the pain point you’re trying to solve.” In the summit, he discussed the stories that ultimately lead to his answer.
  4. Social Accountability and the Need for Intimacy and Connectivity
    David Sable, Global CEO of Young and Rubicam, discussed shifts in communication, and lessons that we need to learn from the people who are leading tech revolutions.
  5. Communication in 2014: Businesses Need to Adapt!
    Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, discussed how many companies fail to make use of tools and platforms that are available for internal/external business communication.
  6. How Communication is Changing our Relationships
    Paul Berry, Founder/CEO of Rebelmouse, discussed how messaging and communication drastically changed within a matter of 10 years.
  7. The 5 Elements of a Successful Communication Platform
    Aaron Price, Cofounder of Livecube and the NJ Tech Meetup, discussed the importance of simplicity, cost, relevance, humanity, and magic in successful mobile communication platforms.
  8. Where Can We Expect Messaging to Go in 2020?
    Christina Warren, Senior Tech Analyst of Mashable, discussed different philosophies about where the dynamic mobile space is headed.
  9. The History of Messaging Platforms
    Amit Shafrir, former President of AOL, took the audience on a walk down memory lane as he talked about the stories behind early messaging systems.
  10. Messaging Startup Do’s and Don’ts
    Mark Hull, Director of Product Management at LinkedIn discussed why messaging startups typically face difficulty in gaining traction.