New Velo Version Released… Offbeat Otter!

It is once again time to release some software: a new version we affectionately call Offbeat Otter (or Otter for short) has officially hit the Internet and app stores! We spent our time working on stuff that won’t make the product look a whole lot different, but will make it nicer, faster, and more efficient. It will also set the stage for us to make some pretty awesome improvements in the weeks and months to come.

For example:

  • We made numerous fixes to improve the app load- and run-time performance
  • We updated our infrastructure for doing push messages (notifications) – this means more flexibility for upcoming features to make the app easier to use
  • We overhauled our authentication infrastructure, due to looming deadlines with some of our third-party providers
  • We vastly improved how we handle image thumbnails in the app, meaning less network use and faster app response time
  • Link previews no longer show by default in the app, giving you more control how content appears in the group message lists

We’re really pleased with this release, and hopefully you notice the differences!

Velo still has all these cool features:

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If you haven’t tried Velo, you can visit our web site for the download links: https://velo.team

Enjoy!

-The Velo Team

Robert Half: Staying in touch at work

Instant messaging keeps growing in business. As we always say, it’s the big wave.

A new survey from Robert Half Technology has some good insights. 91 percent of respondents describe instant messaging as necessary or convenient at work.

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You can read more here.

Of course, we were already sold on the value of messaging in business. After all, we run Velo…on Velo!

Try Velo today and see what the buzz is about! It takes 5 seconds to join through your Chrome browser, and we never send you emails.


Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.

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Velo business messaging has its own applet platform. It’s super-useful. Each applet is launched with a single tap or click. There is nothing complex or technical. In business you want to get things done, and Velo’s applets make things happen.

Try Velo today and you can use all these great Velo applets in your conversations with clients and teammates.


Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.

Infographic: Velo’s Applets in Action

“A Radio in Every Room.”

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Tomorrow I fly to New York for investor meetings and to check out the NY Venture Summit. It should be a good event. The venue is not far from Times Square, which put me in mind of the retro sticker above: “Radio in every room.” I love that.

Last Friday I was in Boston for a day of investor meetings. What a beautiful city! Interest in Velo has been growing like crazy since we emerged from stealth. We plan to be on the road a lot, making new friends everywhere. In fact, we might do a little travel diary as we go along, posted here on the Velo blog. That could be fun.

– Keith Bates, CEO


Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.

Velo Raises Bar in Messaging with New Release

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We just released our newest upgrade to Velo. It’s full of features to help you build your business, run your team and serve your clients.

The Applet Family Just Got Bigger

We added three new applets to the Velo platform:

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  • a calculator (the Tabulator) to build cost calculations in the chat;
  • Conference (to set up conference calls with your clients using UberConference); and
  • Webhooks (more on this one in a moment).

We also gave Countdown and Event applets the power to remind group members when the big moment draws near. And our Helper™ technology is even better now: it helps you get things done by following up on your behalf. Like this:

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Webhooks and Our New Developer Portal

Velo offers a super-easy Webhooks platform. With Webhooks, Velo now integrates seamlessly with many kinds of data feeds, from social media to payments and even to machines! To launch Webhooks on Velo, we built a Velo Developer Portal.

Group Organizer Got a Power Boost

We added two features that every business user will appreciate. First, group ownership can now be transferred. This is vital if a group is managed by someone who is leaving the company or the project. Second, only the group manager now has the power to eject members from the group.

And Still More Goodies…

Our new release has many improvements. Not only is it faster, but we’ve more than tripled the maximum size of file uploads (now 35 MB per file, was 10 MB). And there are lots of UI tweaks like message-read and typing status indicators.

What Are You Waiting For?

Grab Velo for Chrome today. It takes 5 seconds and you don’t have to give us an email address (no spam!) Or you can visit the apps stores and grab Velo for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android.


Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.

Beat Your Email Monster

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Email is a monster. It’s an outdated technology from the 80s that struggles in the 21st century. Here are some of the BEST ways that Velo will get rid of your email headaches:

1. No more continuity confusion. 

Here’s the scenario: You’re in a group email thread and your inbox is BLOWING UP. The conversation is moving along well enough…until Randy chimes in. He just came back from lunch, so he’s getting caught up. But rather than read the entire thread before responding, he’s decided to share his opinions as he goes. The result? A jumbled conversation that leaves everyone confused about whose message Randy is responding to, or what topic he’s even onThanks, Randy.
With Velo, your messages post in sequence. So there’s no butting in and leaving responses to random threads throughout. That means clarity. (Lookin’ at you, Randy.)

2. Wait, where did everybody go?

Speaking of group email threads – have you ever been in one when someone accidentally hit ‘reply’ instead of ‘reply all’? Suddenly, you’re out of the loop until the sender (or the person who received the reply) notices the mistake. If they notice, that is. Depending on the conversation at hand, this could be a slight speed bump or a total disaster. With Velo, you won’t have to worry about being left out in the dark. Channel-based chats sort your conversations by the people in them, so any replies made within a channel will go to the entire group. No reply–all necessary. 

3. Find files faster. Way faster.

When’s the last time you went to look for a file from a client and found yourself digging through several different email threads for the right or most current file? No matter how organized you try to be, you don’t always have full control over who sends what where. 
With Velo, all exchanged media and files are stored neatly in chronological order within your tray. Just a single tap and you’ll be face-to-face with every document you’ve ever sent or received from someone. It’s like feng shui for your file storage!

4. Collaborate in real-time.

Brainstorming, asking or answering questions, and sending files can be a real hurry-up-and-wait kind of situation with email. So stop refreshing your inbox and make the switch to instant messaging, where your chats load automatically in real-time.
 
With Velo, your communications appear as they come – no reloading required. Plus, Velo applets allow you to work together with your team and clients in the moment, as if you’re sitting next to each other.
  • Nail down your to-dos with interactive Checklists, allowing all involved to add and reorder items, or check them off the list!
  • Create a personalized Countdown to celebrate an upcoming launch, budget your time on a given task, or stay on top of deadlines.
  • Use Scoreboards to gamify and manage your team goals.

Whatever it is you’re working on, do more of it together.

5. Never get lost in the shuffle again. 

Regardless of how fastidious you are with your email inbox, you will end up on random e-mail lists. Whether it’s a cold pitch from a company you’ve never heard of, an
nouncements from software companies you use, or a newsletter from that blog you checked out once – it will happen. The unfortunate thing about unsolicited mail is that it has a tendency to overwhelm our inboxes (and us!). 
 
With Velo, you can forget about batch-deleting pages of unread emails or sifting through your inbox for items of substance. With invite-only channels, spam will become a thing of the past… and you can get back to focusing on what ma
tters: your best work.

Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.

Cartoon image is excerpted from My Email is a Monster at The Oatmeal and is the copyright of Matthew Inman.

Important security note for our mobile phone users

If you use Velo on your mobile phone, avoid using WiFi. You can still use your cellular network, or use Velo Chrome.

We found a rare compatibility issue involving a non-Velo technology. It’s not a huge issue but we are taking it seriously. We’re fixing it now, and it’ll be upgraded on our next release (coming soon). Until then, we recommend you follow our guidance above.

We rely on Velo every day to run our business. We’re on this.

If you have questions, please contact us.

Group management: the ins and outs

Velo makes it easy to set up groups and control the number of members up to 250 people.

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Set a maximum

 

Send out an invite to the wrong crowd? Group full? Not accepting new members? Don’t worry, you can always revoke an invite. (A new invite link will be generated for when you want to invite more members in the future.)

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Revoke your invite

 

And, if need be, you can remove members as well.

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Trim your member list down

Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.

Velo loves big groups

Velo can handle everything from 1-on-1 conversations to groups of up to 250 people

Velo makes it easy to invite people via Facebook, Twitter and other networks. Just create the group, then copy the group link and paste it on social media, in emails or anywhere else it will reach your audience. (For more on managing your groups, go here.)

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Share to Twitter

Velo Industries is on a mission to revolutionize messaging for business. Grab Velo today (for iOSAndroid and Chrome) and start enjoying the future. Your clients and team will love you for it.