It was an exciting year for Highfive. We announced the biggest update in our history, which added unlimited phone dial-out and brought Highfive fully onto WebRTC. Later in the year, we eliminated software downloads when we launched our popular Join by Browser capability. Our users discovered some creative new uses for our product.
And of course, we added some really awesome new customers along the way. With that customer growth came growth in usage of Highfive too. In May, we announced that Highfive customers are now spending more than 12 million minutes (23 years!) in 110,000 Highfive meetings every month.
We also won several cool awards throughout the year! In case you missed it, here are all the new achievements and accolades Highfive received this year.
Datacloud Awards: Cloud New Service Provider (Shortlist)
To kick things off, we were shortlisted as one of the best new cloud service providers by the Datacloud Awards for our work with WebRTC.
Our Join By Browser update this year signified a monumental shift in the speed and capability of cloud-based video services. By harnessing the power of the open-source WebRTC platform, Highfive has led the charge to make enterprise communications as simple and reliable as consumer apps.
The Datacloud Awards celebrate genuine inspiration, innovation and excellence. It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the defining accolade for the cloud industry.
Network Products Guide IT World Awards: Startup of the Year (Silver)
We netted our second win of the year from the Network Products Guide, which presented us with an IT World Award for Startup of the Year.
Earlier this year, we announced that our customers now spend 12 million minutes (or about 23 years) in Highfive meetings each month — up more than 160% from 2016. We like to think that means we’re doing something right, and apparently the judges at Network Products Guide agree.
The IT World Awards recognizes innovation and achievement in every facet of the IT space, and it was awesome to be acknowledged. But we weren’t done there…
Golden Bridge Awards: Startup of the Year (Silver)
Next we set out to conquer the Golden Bridge Awards for business and innovation, where we were once again recognized for Startup of the Year. It’s exciting to see our hard work continue to pay off as we surpassed the 110,000 meetings per month milestone, while growing 130% YoY as a company.
Golden Bridge took notice too, and presented us with an award that generates recognition for businesses achievements and positive contributions to our industry. Seeing a trend yet?
Aragon Research Globe: Named an Innovator in Video and Web Conferencing
We’re also proud to announce that Highfive has been recognized as an Innovator in the 2017 Aragon Research Globe for Web and Video Conferencing. Aragon Research is the most prestigious firm in Silicon Valley for enterprise communications and collaboration research, and we’re truly honored to receive this distinction.
In the report, Lead Analyst Jim Lundy credited our continued industry growth to our simple and integrated solution: “We believe the ease of use and the all-in-one camera/microphone design, along with overall voice and video quality make Highfive a good value that will continue to disrupt the current Web and Video Conferencing market.”¹
SaaS Awards: Best SaaS Product for Small Business (Shortlist)
To cap it all off, Highfive was proud to join the shortlist for best Software-as-a-Service for small businesses. The honor was handed out by the SaaS Awards: one of the most prestigious awards across the entire SaaS industry.
At Highfive, making the cut for this one is near and dear to our hearts. Our goal is to make video conferencing the go-to form of communications for businesses of any size, and we’re proud of our all-in-one solution and unique pricing model (with no per-user fees), which is helping to make high quality video options more affordable for budding businesses.
We’ve received some pretty impressive awards here at Highfive over the years, and we’re proud to add another stellar list of accolades to our trophy case this year. They aren’t the reason we do what we do, but it’s still nice to be recognized as a company continuing to innovate in ways that are revolutionizing the way you collaborate with teams.
Here’s to another exciting and history making year in 2018! We have a lot of big upcoming news soon to start of the year, so make sure you keep stay connected with Highfive on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Spiceworks.
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