Thursday Dec 10, 2009

Startup of the Day: RingCentral - Cloud-based Phone Systems for Small Businesses

RingCentral provides cloud computing based business phone systems. With top industry honors, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award and Small Business Computing's Excellence in Technology, RingCentral offers full access to core small business phone services and helps improve productivity for tens of thousands of customers worldwide. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, RingCentral is privately held with backing from Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and DAG Ventures. 

Cloud-Based Business Phone Systems: The Backbone of the Virtual Office

Technology has dramatically reduced overhead costs by allowing entrepreneurs to work from a virtual office—a location such as a home, garage or even a car. The advantages of working from a virtual office are great.  There’s no need to pay for a commercial lease or additional utilities. You don’t even need a storefront now that you can easily sell goods and services online.

 

Cloud-based phone systems (a.k.a. virtual or hosted PBXs) form the backbone of any virtual office. They allow customers to call a single number, which is then routed via VoIP to any number of devices (such as a home or mobile phone), so customers don’t have to play phone tag to reach a customer service rep. Systems designed specifically for business add auto-receptionist and dial-by-extension functionality, call queues, answering rules, Internet fax and more, making it much easier for customers and employees to communicate.  What’s more, you can add lines instantly, so you can scale your phone system as your company grows.

 

These days, all you need to start a business is good idea—even (or especially) in this economy.  According to a recent article in The New York Times, a growing number of unemployed professionals, young and old, have turned their misfortunes into opportunity, leveraging resources on the Internet such as LegalZoom, GoDaddy and Etsy to open shop and turn a profit.

 

Having a professional phone system that follows you wherever you are—whether you’re at home, at the airport or in your car—can take your startup businesses a step further, by making sure that you are always available for your customers.  It doesn’t matter if you work from an office, or if you take your office with you wherever you work. 

For more information, or for a free 30-day trial, please visit: www.ringcentral.com 

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