Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

Uber News Involves Sexual Harassment While Waze Competes

The news of the week wasn't great for Uber as a result of sexual harassment claims by workers via a blog post...

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Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to...

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The Drone Wars Have Arrived

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone...

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Downhill Sledding

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE). Price compression...

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Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions...

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How Service Providers Can Avoid Becoming A Bit-Pipe

I was recently talking to STL Partners / Telco 2.0 and we had a discussion about service providers now facing the similar...

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Like a Room without a Roof, Women in IP Communications

       Pictured left to right and top down are some faces in VoIP: Yana Stamcheva, senior software developer at Atlassian; Jennifer...

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Are you the next Entrepreneurial Idol?

June 8, 2009

Always on the lookout for the coolest events, services, products, people, and groups on the net and what a goldmine Open Silicon Valley Forum is!

Enjoy listening to Dilawar Syed, president* of Open Silicon Valley Forum on a recent DIDX podcast interview, share the exciting activities you can participate in at the Forum on June 13, 2009 in Mountain View, CA at the Computer History Museum across from the Google Campus. Mr. Syed serves as CEO of Yonja Media Group. He also commands an impressive professional background.

I list the last few companies.
- Member, National Finance Committee at Obama for America
- Head of Platform Business Strategy & Operations at
Yahoo!






7.2 Billions of Dollars on Rural Stimulus

June 2, 2009

I met so many great companies at ISPCON 2009 in San Jose and IP Possibilities 2007 in Chicago who meet the strict criteria of those who would qualify to take part in the Rural Stimulus Programs, so let me get the word out.

Webinar: Winning Strategies for Rural Broadband Stimulus Programs
Sign up for the webinar.
Date: June 11, 2009
Time: 11:00am EDT


Wireless operators and municipalities and have a unique opportunity to leverage the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which authorized the investment of $7.2 billion for broadband network infrastructure development in the US. This Webinar features a case study of one wireless broadband operator that recently secured RUS funding to build a WiMAX network in rural Georgia and Northern Florida. 

The Webinar will help applicants to understand how to integrate network planning and financial modeling to provide visibility and make strategic decisions regarding services, coverage and network requirements as they prepare broadband stimulus proposals.

Private Industry and Educational Institution Collaborate on VoIP

June 2, 2009

Carol Davids, Director of VoIP Activities and the ITM program at Illinois Institute of Technology, and Warren Bent, co-founder and Vice President of Business Development with InCharge Systems, were my guests this past week on the DIDX podcast channel. Carol shares with the listeners information about the Internet Telephony and Telecommunications courses at IIT and the 5th Annual VoIP Conference scheduled for Oct 28-29, 2009 in Wheaton, Illinois.

The IIT lab offers instruction and practice in VoIP, telecommunications, SIP, Asterisk, IP PBX and more. Check http://voip.itm.iit.edu/ for more information such as a list of current and completed projects and a photo gallery at http://voip.itm.iit.edu/gallery.php.

Encryption with No Prior Shared Secrets

June 2, 2009

ZRTP is a protocol that does not require prior shared secrets. It doesn't need a public key infrastructure (PKI). What happens instead? Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman keys are automated at the beginning of each session start.

8x8 Freedom Unlimited Price Increase, Still Great Deal

May 29, 2009

How do you continue to monetize IP communications in a tough economy? Raise the price?

Rate increase effective June 1, 2009, as follows: 8x8 Freedom Unlimited Plan - $24.99/month ... still not bad, when you compare the complimentary features that usually incur extra charges from traditional phone services:   Voicemail to Email Notification
Caller ID with Name
Caller ID Blocking
Anonymous Call Blocking
Call Waiting
Call Waiting Disable
Call Waiting ID
Follow Me, Find Me
Simultaneous Ringing
7-Digit Local Dialing
Network Unavailable Forwarding
Call Return
Call Forwarding
Three-Way Calling
Online Account Management And Billing
Do Not Disturb
Phone-Based Call Management   I keep hearing of this one company who is advertising their digital Internet phone service on one bill with broadband, cable tv, and voice where it offers the largest local calling service area. Local?

















Set of Printer Cartridges or Open Silicon Valley Forum?

May 29, 2009

Forget the cartridges and attend the Social Media Academy and other great sessions at Open Silicon Valley Forum in Mountain View on June 13th, 2009. Listen and mix with the experts from RockYou, SlideShare, Zoosk, Sharethrough, and Eduify. A miniscule entry fee of $55 for the full conference right now will place you in an inspirational circle of movers and shakers at the forum's venue the Computer History Museum.

The main categories set for this event include cleantech, global affairs, and tech and media. See the full conference schedule.

Making your Website Accessible to Mobile Surfers

May 28, 2009

BlinkMind Video Conferencing Reviewed, Love it

May 19, 2009

Video conferencing... what are the first thoughts that come to mind? It's too expensive, it takes too much bandwidth. We don't need it. On the flip side, I have come to the conclusion that it is a must in the mix of plans businesses have for staying in touch with competitors, suppliers, clients, and business partners along with audio telephony, instant chat, email, and conference face to face.

Russian Government Buys 20% of Indian Telecom Provider

May 14, 2009

Apply for MySpace Vice President of Business Development

May 14, 2009

I was checking out IP communications companies that are using MySpace to implement voice plugins and applications and then checked my Linkedin network to read the latest from some of those same companies, and noticed the job opening at MySpace for Vice President of Business Development... job entry number 687227.

I'm copying here the details. If you believe you are qualified and would love a career with MySpace click on "job opening."

Location: Los Angeles, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area)



URL: http://www.myspace.com

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