RingCentral

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RingCentral, Inc.
Traded as NYSERNG
Industry Cloud computing based business phone systems
Founded 1999
Headquarters San Mateo, California
Key people Vlad Shmunis, CEO
Products RingCentral Office
RingCentral Mobile
RingCentral Fax
Employees 500
Website www.ringcentral.com

RingCentral (NYSERNG) is a publicly traded provider of cloud-based phone systems for businesses.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] It is headquartered in San Mateo, California and has offices in Denver, Colorado; Manila, Philippines; Xiamen, China; St. Petersburg, Russia and Odessa Ukraine.[8][9][10][11]

RingCentral CEO Vlad Shmunis founded the company in 1999.[12][13] RingCentral investors included Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Hermes Growth Partners and DAG Ventures.[9][14][15] It completed its IPO in 2013.[16][17]

History[edit]

The RingCentral was bootstrapped until it received its first round of venture capital investment in 2006.[11] In 2011, RingCentral added Cisco and Silicon Valley Bank as investors and had secured a total of $45 million in capital investment.[18]

On September 27, 2013, RingCentral completed its IPO.[16][17] The company completed a follow-on offering in March 2014 worth 7.5 million.[19]

Products[edit]

RingCentral's flagship product is RingCentral Office. The company also offers RingCentral Professional, and RingCentral Fax.[20][21]

RingCentral provides a cloud-based business phone system. It offers PBX features such as multiple extensions; call control; Outlook, Salesforce, Google Docs, DropBox and Box integration; SMS; video conferencing and web conferencing; fax; auto-receptionist; call logs; and rule-based call routing and answering.[5][21][22] Customers do not require capital investment or maintenance contracts, which lowers customer costs and– as with most cloud-based technologies -- "potentially disrupts" traditional on-premise PBX providers.[23]

RingCentral Office[edit]

RingCentral Office is a cloud-based PBX system for businesses.[22] RingCentral Office features include call auto-attendant, company directory, call forwarding and handling, multiple extensions, a mobile app for iPhone and Android, Business SMS, video conferencing and screen-sharing, and fax.[22]

RingCentral Professional[edit]

RingCentral Professional, is a suite that provides a universal telephone number, voice mail, dial-by-name directory, call-forwarding, and other features through a smartphone app on iPhone and Android devices.[15][24]

RingCentral Fax[edit]

RingCentral Fax allows users to send and receive faxes through the Internet without a fax machine.[25][26] The service integrates with Dropbox, Box, and Google Docs.[25]

Awards[edit]

RingCentral was named a 2010 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.[27]

PC Magazine has awarded RingCentral with two Editor's Choice Awards.[21][22] RingCentral also won the 2009 Product of the Year Award from Internet Telephony Magazine, and was named a 2009 CNET Webware 100 award winner.[28]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Cloud-based phones bring angelic benefits". The Salt Lake Tribune. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Pierre Bienaimé (February 9, 2012). "The Man Who Turned $5,000 into RingCentral". Palo Alto Patch. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Sean Ludwig (September 9, 2011). "RingCentral raises an additional $10M to bring calling to the cloud". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
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  16. ^ a b Patrick Hoge (September 27, 2013). "RingCentral makes music, Violin Memory plunges". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Tomio Geron (September 27, 2013). "Violin Memory IPO Flails, RingCentral IPO Soars". Forbes. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
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  19. ^ John Sailors (March 12, 2014). "RingCentral closes follow-on offering". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
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  21. ^ a b c Oliver Rist (January 7, 2008). "RingCentral DigitalLine VoIP Service". PC Mag. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c d Fahmida Y. Rashid (February 12, 2013). "RingCentral Office". PC Mag. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ Renee Hopkins Callahan (December 9, 2008). "Businesses Move To Voice-Over-IP". Forbes. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ Philip Elmer-DeWitt (August 24, 2009). "Why did Apple okay RingCentral?". Fortune. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Sean Ludwig (March 21, 2012). "RingCentral integrates with Dropbox, Box, Google to bring faxing to the cloud". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  26. ^ Chad Brooks (May 18, 2012). "The Best Online Fax Services". Business News Daily. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Embracing Disruption: Redesigning the Future". World Economic Forum. 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ Erik Linask (February 2010). "2009 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Awards". TMC Net. Retrieved May 18, 2014.