501 Tech Club Austin: VOIP

Continent: North America
Region: Austin Texas
Tags: tech club

Join the monthly gathering of Austin, TX area nonprofit technology folks!

When: Monday, August 17

Where: Austin FreeNet Offices, 2209 Rosewood Ave, Austin, Tx

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VoIP Telephone Service: How did we get here, what is it, and what can it do for me?

Internet telephony has hit the mainstream, but there is still a lot of confusion about its cost, capabilities and especially quality. This presentation will look at the changes that took place in both the telephone and data worlds that led to the emergence of Voice over IP, where it is today, and how it can save your organization money as well as give you capabilities that previously cost many thousands of dollars. The presentation will end with a small VoIP demonstration..


Michael Drapkin was chair of E-Commerce Management at Columbia University's Executive Information Technology Management program in New York City, and has been quoted in Fortune, Wired, PC Week, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and numerous other publications, on camera with CNBC and CNET and on the radio with CBS Marketwatch. He has also written, co-written or contributed to 11 books across three fields and regularly lectures on entrepreneurship across the country.

He has worked with both Fortune 500 and over 30 startup firms, and has extensive experience in the arts not-for-profit arena. He served as senior technologist at the Web agencies Razorfish and Avalanche, CTO of DMS Corp., a quarter billion dollar multinational logistics firm and a vice president at Lehman Brothers. Before moving to Austin three years ago, he was an executive with telecom upstart IDT, for which he has two patents pending. Michael now does business development for PrismNet, one of Austin's oldest internet companies. (Dales' note: A very nice guy even if he is a Yankee.)

Organizers: Dale Thompson, Austin FreeNet and David Neff, American Cancer Society

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