January 2015

Simple Phone Co. is Seattle bound, literally! Join us Friday January 30st in Seattle for Geekwire Startup Day conference. We’ll be attending the days festivities and speakers, and meeting with founders and start-ups alike. We’re exciting to hear from some of tech’s most interesting people, and connect with new and growing tech companies from across the country.

We’ll be live tweeting throughout the conference at @simplephoneco, so be sure to follow us and tweet back.

If your attending too, we’d love connect and meet up. Contact us at help@simplephoneco.com for a follow-up from the team making the way up north. See you soon!

This week we wanted to start our Spotlight Blog series on our very own home, Orange County, California. Rightfully known as the home to such TV’s shows like The OC and Laguna Beach of recent years, it’s also home to several important pharmaceutical corporations, car companies like Hyundai and Kia, and popular apparel brands like PacSun and Quicksilver to name of few. Orange County is as diverse in companies of all size and scale, as many big cities are as one.

And with Disneyland and Los Angeles Angels in back drop, there is also a rich heritage of entrepreneurial and small businesses alike nestled in the old orange groves and strawberry fields that once lined the area. To name a few, Oakley, Vans Shoes, and even Fender were all founded here too. Fender guitars alone was first played and founded steps away from our new offices in Fullerton in fact.

Some of our customers also call OC home too. For 41 years Southwood Pest Control have been managing the critters we least desire living amongst us. With our Hosted Phone solution, Southwood manages local numbers from nearby areas all around Southern California. This give them a very local advance without the cost and complexity of account with various providers and mobiles once required to achieve this, and even uses our “works from anywhere” technology for after hour answering and more. Wood’s Law Group also joined us after leaving their old analog phone system behind for a huge cost saving and new convenient features. This includes enhanced use of our “unlimited devices” feature by adding soft-phones and more without paying for extra lines. They use our Virtual Fax’s “fax by email” for convenient paperless faxing everyday.

Like much of California, technology is quickly making it’s way into the fastest areas of growth in the county. Companies like Tech Space, PeopleSpace, and the Eureka Building are brimming with exciting small businesses that continue to shape and build on the legacy of business in The OC. Hackathons and networking events are popping weekly throughout the county, and we plan to continue that growth with hosting our own in the next few months too!

It’s safe to say that along with some of the highest rents nationwide, Orange County is home to a plethora of various industries with very inventive nature. We’re proud to call OC home.

Imagine visiting a new city somewhere, anywhere. In a snapshot the ambiance speaks the stories of the building and foundation of the community. In the big city you might notice all the lights and noise that fill the skyline at all altitudes, and in smaller town you may notice the bricks that holds the roof of the local market. Though different materially and in volume, these two places are connected and thriving through the very simplest of modern achievements; communications.

It’s hard to imagine the pharmacy in that tiny town without a phone number to call to ask about remedy for a rash. Even more so, it’s equally unimaginable not being able to chat with your bank back in the city who answers in the need of financial help. Communications keep these communities connected both locally, and remotely. We build services to empower both the big and small to communication not just clearly, but simply.

For the next several weeks, we’re going to highlight communities of our customers across the country. With each stop, we’ll share a story about how people are using our services to connect with their loved ones, and how their businesses are using our flexible Hosted Platform features everyday in every way. We’re inspired the stories of our customers, and we hope you are too.

Keep it simple.