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(562) 437-1411 ext 2721 CEO to Speak at Startup Grind Global Conference and ITEXPO 2018

Founder David Erickson to share his entrepreneurial experience in telecommunications and his vision for the future

LONG BEACH, CALIF. (PRWEB) - (FEBRUARY 12, 2018) -, the most recognized conferencing and collaboration brand on the planet, today announced that company Founder David Erickson is presenting, ‘Why You Shouldn’t Raise Money’ and ‘The New Voice Provider’ at Startup Grind Global and ITEXPO, respectively.

Erickson founded in 2001 on the simple principle that collaborative communication should be available to everyone, both affordably and efficiently. He purchased a $10 URL, which sparked the first viral movement in the telecommunications industry to support free audio, screen sharing and video conferencing around the globe. Today, the company is the 3rd largest audio conferencing provider with nearly two billion call connections.

“In a world where fundraising rounds make headlines, it can be hard not to get caught up in the race for more venture capital,” said Erickson. “I am thrilled to share my knowledge with the next generation of trailblazers about how I remained debt-free, while building a successful global brand.”

Erickson’s keynote speech titled, ‘Why You Shouldn’t Raise Money,’ focuses on his experience as a founder and explains why bootstrapping was one of the best business decisions he ever made.

Startup Grind Global will be held February 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif., bringing together 5,000 founders, more than 40 keynote and fireside panels and over 50 exhibiting startups with the hope of educating, inspiring and guiding the next generation of innovators.

Alongside Erickson, other company executives on the roster include those from: Google, Houzz, Tesla, Oracle and many more.

Erickson heads from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale to speak at ITEXPO 2018, February 13-16. ITEXPO is the premier event where telecom and IT professionals, C-levels, business owners, developers and the channel meet to collaborate.

Erickson’s presentation titled, ‘Applications Providers: The New Voice Provider,’ is scheduled for Thursday, February 15 from 2:30-2:55 p.m.

“The new normal for the telecommunications industry is ever-changing in this fast-paced arena,” says Erickson. “Our future will be shaped by new mindsets, new skill sets and new expectations — from developers and consumers alike — and from that, comes new applications. I am excited to share my vision of where the future of voice is going with this elite group of industry pioneers.”

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About David Erickson

David Erickson is the Founder of His simple ideas and deft execution have transformed the telecommunications industry to provide a borderless platform that bridges countries and collaborators, creating a space where we all can freely connect, share and innovate — without cost and without limits.

Since launching the company in 2001, Dave has stayed focused on technological development and change. He was named “Innovator of the Year” by VON for pioneering high definition conference bridges at Under his leadership, the global company has won numerous awards, including the national “Best & Brightest Best Companies to Work For” and a Gold Stevie Award® for Customer Service Department of the Year in Telecommunications category. Dave is a frequent speaker at leadership conferences around the U.S. and has appeared on national radio, television and such business news publications, including Entrepreneur, Inc., Forbes, Fox News and USA Today.

About is the most recognized conferencing brand on the planet with users in more than 800,000 businesses, including nearly all Fortune 500. Service offerings around the globe with unlimited use include: high-quality HD audio conferencing, screen sharing, video conferencing, audio and visual recordings, customized greetings, security features, desktop scheduling and mobile applications. Mid-market and enterprise customers can take advantage of For Business™: high-quality, reliable and secure conferencing and collaboration services complemented by 24/7 customer support, enterprise account management teams, consolidated billing, customized user analytic reports, employee rollout and training and white-label services. was founded by David Erickson in 2001 and is based in Long Beach, Calif.