The Services Of Securus Are Far Superior To Global Tel Link

I’ve heard all these horror stories when it comes to calling an incarcerated individual. Government contracts award telecommunications services to particular companies to form monopolies. When you call an inmate, you have no choice but to use the prison’s chosen telecommunications company.


This makes for all sorts of problems for most people because 80% of the industry is lorded over by Global Tel Link. The company even sounds like it has an evil name. Global Tel Link is run by shareholders looking to maximize profits. It doesn’t care about the human impact of their decisions and it shows. They’ve recently been in hot water because they were caught charging $17 for a 15-minute phone call. They’ve also been sued over hidden fees that can all add up to hundreds of dollars.


But I got lucky. My sister is incarcerated in a prison that is run by Securus Technologies. This company has been really easy to deal with. Phone calls are pricey but they are reasonable. The phone call quality is also very high. None of my calls have dropped and there are no hidden fees. All the complaints I’ve heard about Global Tel Link just aren’t there with Securus.


Securus even runs the biggest customer service call center in the industry. It can handle more than 2 million calls per month. Most calls are answered within 10 seconds and most problems are resolved on the first call. It’s all backed up by accreditation by the Better Business Bureau. The company even carries an A+ rating with the BBB.


They even have this software that makes me feel like my sister’s in good hands. All the phone calls made into the prison are recorded and saved for law enforcement. The software can search the recordings for a single person’s voice or a phrase to help law enforcement prevent crimes.


ClassDojo Looks to Keep Parents Engaged through their Smartphones

ClassDojo, a smartphone app designed to keep parents connected to their children’s classrooms, recently secured $21 million in additional funding. The company, cofounded by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, closed their Series B round of venture funding in late 2015. Planning to use the funding to expand their design team, Chaudhary and Don also hope to bring new features to further help parents stay involved in their child’s education.


Currently, ClassDojo is backed by a variety of leading investors. The startup is supported by Imagine K12, now a part of Y Combinator, as a graduate of the education tech accelerator program. General Catalyst, GSV, SV Angel, SoftTech VC, Shasta Ventures, Reach Capital, SignalFire, and others have also backed the startup.


Founded in 2001, San Francisco-based ClassDojo looked to fill a void by providing a way for educators and parents to quickly communicate and share details of a child’s educational progress. The app, currently in use by an estimated 85,000 schools, allows teachers to publish current schedules including any planned activities. It also allows teachers to share photos or videos of the classroom throughout the day, providing an easy way for parents to monitor participation and recent accomplishments.


The app includes a variety of functions. Private, direct messaging allows teachers and parents to communicate quickly should the need arise. The messaging feature also includes built in translation functions in up to 35 languages, allowing teachers and parents to communicate in a way with which they are most comfortable. Teachers can also send out group announcements to all parents associated with a particular class.


To date, ClassDojo has raised $31 million in venture funding to support the apps ongoing development and distribution. At this time, the startup has not generated any revenue as it focuses on other intrinsic values. The company has voiced its commitment to always remain free for teachers.


The cofounders also stress that there is no intention to profit from user data, understanding the sensitive nature of data surrounding children. Instead, the 25-person startup is looking to develop premium features that parents could access for an additional fee.


Currently, the app can be accessed on Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle devices through their respective app stores, as well as through any desktop computer.

Talk Fusion Gives A Gentle Push

A lot of people in life jut need a gentle push and there is nothing at all wrong with that. There is a difference between an aggressive push and a gentle push. There are people in the world that are very unhappy with their jobs but they aren’t sure if they should quit. After all, they get benefits, pay, and the ability to have a roof over their heads. They don’t take that for granted. However, they have to ask themselves: at what price? Is it worth it? Are they losing just a little bit of their soul in the process? With places with Etsy and Ebay, people can make a living at home.


There are a lot of talented and creative folks out there with big ideas. They don’t want to be labeled into just one position. They have a lot more to offer than that. That is what Talk Fusion does for people out there. It is all about branding and spreading the word. Once people know the product and get it in their hands, they will tell their friends. It is amazing how fast word of mouth can really help a business. There are people with scented candle businesses or crochet businesses. They often go to craft fairs or find ways to make money with them. However, it is only spending money. They want to make more money.


That is where Talk Fusion and Bob Reina come in, as right now, they are offering 30-day free trials to customers out there. Bob is pretty confident that once they get their hands on it and use their video newsletters, video emails, and video chats, they will fall in love with the product, they will buy it, and they will see their business grow.


They won’t have to worry about a 9-5 job anymore. In fact, it won’t even feel like a job to them. It will feel like what they were put on this earth to do in the first place, which is to explore, be themselves, have fun, and be creative. That is a feeling that money can never buy.