For anything internal, we use Google Hangouts and for anything client-facing it's UberConference. The reason is that UberConference is the least sucky tool because it doesn’t involve installation of a third party app. They made calls really easy, “click & play”. Anything like Zoom or don’t get me started on Skype for Business, anything like that is impossible, especially for enterprise clients because you have to work around their internal protocols and network policies. UberConference works 80% of the time and for the remaining 20 we improvise, but it’s still the best thing we can come up. We’ve looked through every conferencing tool out there and it's okay, but definitely not the best. We use it because it’s easy and best at bypassing network policies and restrictions, and for the most part works well.
Co-founder & Chief Business Officer - Wizer
We use a lot of Skype internally and externally. Quite a lot. Google Hangouts--we’ve tried and used as well, if our client insisted on not using Skype, but Skype is our go to. I don’t like the interface redesign, but on the other hand I don’t care because it works. I didn’t mind the old one and I never had any issues, so I don’t know why they changed it.
Founder & Managing Partner - Clever Europe
We have as many internal communication tools as the number of people we have. Anything at that point in time that gets the call done. We have used Zoom. It depends on what the person on the other line is using. I think a lot of these tools’ quality has gotten better over time. I think Google Hangouts and Meet is good. We use it for a weekly demo day that 40 people are on.
Founder & CEO - Postman
We tried to use Slack but it didn’t catch on. We use Gchat.
Founder & CEO - College Truckers
We use Google Hangouts to message internally and have video calls.
Founder & CEO - FoodTrace
We use Google Hangouts for video conferences.
Co-founder - Flexpat
Hangouts is the worst.
Co-founder & CEO - Frame.io
Google Hangouts works well because it is integrated with the Google suite. Sometimes, unfortunately, it is not stable.
Co-founder & CTO - Moving Analytics
We use Google Hangouts every day to connect with our offshore team. It is better than Skype. We were able to have 12 people on a call at one time and we could still do screen sharing etc.
Co-founder & CEO - Mavatar
Google Hangouts is not very user-friendly.
Partner & CBDO - Dayuse.com
We use Google Hangouts free to create a subdomain you can log in with your email account and invite anyone else that has the same subdomain and is very secure. You can share screens and draw stuff, which is essential to conveying ideas to a remote team of engineers.
Founder & CEO - Yobi
We use Google Hangouts and meetings for live connections.
Co-founder & CEO - One Month
For contractor training & one-on-one communication, Google Hangouts is more cost-effective.
CEO - TaskEasy
We use Hangouts for internal and external communication depending on who we are talking to. I prefer Hangouts for video calls over Skype because it’s a web-based app that is plain and simple. I also tend to use Hangouts more because it’s integrated with my Google Calendar.
Co-founder - Beau
We use Hangouts for video calls.
Co-founder - Simple Fractal
We used to use Hangouts for our video calling needs because it was easy to use and we were always in Gmail, but the quality wasn’t that great. We ended up needing to move to Zoom which has much better quality video.
Co-founder & VP Data - Zendrive
Because we use Google for Work, Google Hangouts is our default team chat with separate circles for different groups.
Founder - TouchPoints
We use Hangouts quite a bit for daily meetings.
Founder & CEO - Allay
Everyone is on a different group in Hangouts depending on the situation.
Founder - Vicky Virtual
We run our business on Google Apps and every Google tool integrates well with it.
Co-founder - Matchnode
Right now, we use Hangouts; it integrates with Gmail and is very easy to access.
Co-founder & CTO - MineWhat
We sometimes communicate with GChat because it is very quick. It’s right there on the email.
Founder - Andy OS
Hangouts is integrated with Gmail; it is easy to use and very effective.
Co-founder - Sorc'd
We have 85 funding experts who work for us in diverse cities; all in major hubs across North America. Google Chat is very important in keeping the conversation going across such a large territory.
Founder & CEO - Funding Portal
For all my video conferences, I attach Google Hangouts which makes it very easy to communicate.
Co-founder & COO - TradingView
We also use Google Hangouts a lot to do video conferences. We were using Skype for a while but we had a lot of problems with Skype, probably because people at ABR use different operating systems (Mac, Linux, PC). Hangouts has been the best cross-platform video conferencing solution.
Senior Scientist - Applied Brain Research
Google Hangouts is a tool that we feel has gotten way better. We use it for our daily standout meetings.
Co-founder & Chief Architect - SwiftIQ
We use Google Chat because it is widely popular.
Founder - PeachDish
Screenhero is super sweet. It's a communication tool for engineering our product to track down bugs, look at user flows, and we can even use it for calls. It’s much more seamless than getting on a Skype call or Hangouts. Google is great, but Hangouts can be super buggy.
Co-founder & CEO - Doughbies
The bulk of our internal communication is done via email and Gchat.
Co-founder - Rocksbox
Skype is less reliable for video calls, so we use Google Hangouts for video calls.
Founder & CEO - Peerlyst, Inc.
We used to use Slack, and we were actually beta users a few years ago. But we moved away from it because it created too much noise. We just want to get things shipped and done, and it’s important for us to not add extra noise to everything. We use Google Hangouts now. We’re already using Google Apps, and Hangouts is good for what we need.
Co-founder & CEO - DOZ
Gchat is the easiest tool for us to use for internal communication. It allows us to communicate quickly.
Director of Marketing - Smart Lunches
We use Google Hangouts for team video calls.
Co-founder & CEO - SpeakUp
Google Hangouts was buggy, so we started doing more in Skype. We use Skype for audio and video calls, as well as texting and group chats. The people we work with are not all in the same place; some are traveling, and others are living in other countries, and we use Skype with them.
Co-founder - Monarq
We mainly use Google Hangouts for video chat.
Co-founder & CTO - Tutorlist
We use Google Hangouts for talking via 1:1 chats, and we have full team meetings via Google Hangout twice a week. It makes the distributed office feel closer.
VP of Product Development - RescueTime
We also use Gchat for internal communications. We use a mix of various systems.
Co-founder - BuzzStream
We use Google Hangouts for video calls, phone calls, and chat. We use it for customer conversations and calls, as well as for interoffice chatter. We also use it for speaking with our employees that work remotely.
Senior Network Administrator - Smartsheet
Google Hangouts has been excellent for video calls.
Managing Director - Impact Hub NYC
Google’s Hangouts is totally sufficient for us right now. We use it just to chat with each other when we need a quick response, and we’re cognizant of clogging inboxes with unnecessary emails. We’ve heard rumors of this new tool called Slack, which a few people seem to enjoy a little, but we haven’t put it to use yet.
Founder & CEO - Stacklist
We currently use Google Hangouts for video conferencing, but the quality is low so we’re researching affordable alternatives.
Co-founder & CEO - PivotDesk
We use Google Hangouts for all of our video conferencing. It’s OK, but I find it unreliable at times. It’s especially frustrating on Macs because it will just randomly mute the sound on your microphone.
CEO & Co-founder - Plum Print
We conduct all of our meetings, both internal and consumer meetings, on Google Hangouts. We chose it because it's free. We’re bootstrapped, so we always like free. And really, it just works great for us. We did have a problem early on with an unwanted and uninvited person showing up in a meeting, but Google seems to have plugged that hole, and we haven’t had a problem since.
Co-founder - LiveBinders
We’re already using Google for everything else like email, file sharing and analytics, so it was natural for us to use Google Hangouts.
Co-founder - Bundle Organics
Google Hangouts is very simple to use and integrate, especially if all of our employees are using Gmail and other Google Apps.
Director of Operations - Inxent, Inc.
We're all in different parts of the world, so on occasion we'll do a happy hour and sit on Hangouts and drink, which is fun, but we mostly communicate through Teamwork Projects. We just chose Hangouts for convenience. It’s free, and I honestly don't see any benefit for something like HipChat over the other free stuff when we're this small. We want to stay lean where we can.
Owner - Flow Simple
Google Hangouts is free, and I love its video conferencing feature. Our developers are overseas, so it's really nice to have face-to-face conversations.
CEO & Founder - inSparq
We use this tool really because we don't have a lot of specific needs for our communication. We don't need Slack, and Google Hangouts is free, right there and integrates with our email.
Head of Content - CreativeLive
The video wigs out all the time.
Founder - Green Peak Labs
This was an easy choice--everyone is already familiar with Google products.
CEO & Co-founder - SideProjects
I used it personally before the Journey Bar. It's easy, intuitive and free, which was perfect for us.
Co-founder - Journey Bar, LLC
We use Google Hangouts occasionally.
VP Finance & Operations - willa
We sometimes use Google Hangouts for presentations across multiple offices, screensharing, and as an alternative to Skype.
Founder & CEO - Kargo
Google Hangouts is perfect for us because we have a lot of international people. We'll use Skype sometimes, but because we're always in Gmail, it's easy to get in touch through Hangouts and gchat.
Co-founder Stage: Seed - Sailo
We use Google Hangouts because everyone is already on Gmail all the time. It's a good enough solution that we don't need Slack just yet.
Founder & CEO - Pair
We've been having some issues with Google Hangouts lately--it lags, video dropping, hiccupping.
Founding Partner, Chief Product Officer - Reboot
Right now, the company is really just two of us (we have great advisors and interns but only two full-time employees), so there's no need for anything more than Google Chat. While Susan (my co-founder) was in China, we would FaceTime all the time. Once we get bigger, we'll probably switch over to something like Slack but haven’t had the need yet.
Co-founder & CEO - Care+Wear
19%Stacklist Startups Are Using Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is an internal communication tool that allows for group chat, photo sharing, video chat for up to 10 people and automatic archiving. Like most other Google products, it both integrates seamlessly with other Google apps and is free to use. Hangouts runs on Android and iOS, allowing you to take your work on the go. A number of Stacklist users report having experienced some technical glitches with Hangouts--like buggy video--but the draw of the Google platform and its price point are enough to maintain a large user base.
Customers run the gamut of size and stage, from seed-stage up to series B.
Google Hangouts is free to use with any Google account. However, international calls cost points that must be purchased with Google Wallet.
Visit the website: https://hangouts.google.com/