Up to now, the platform’s 1,300-plus “Ninjas” have been conducting one-on-one sessions on the video chat marketplace, selling services such as guitar lessons, yoga or business advice. Now they can also host group events and give webinars with hundreds of people per session. The webinar feature is completely browser-based and will not require the download of additional software, unlike other webinar platforms such as WebEX or GoToMeeting, and is far less expensive, said CEO and co-founder Will Weinraub.
Weinraub said the webinar feature was something the company always hoped to offer, but he wanted to make sure customers wanted it. They did. “Since we launched LiveNinja, the ability to give live sessions to a large number of people has been one of our most requested features,” he said.
It’s also a cost-effective solution, the CEO said. Now LiveNinja users can conduct Webinar sessions for up to 50 people for free and webinars of 100 people for $29.99.
Next up for the Wynwood company of six: LiveNinja plans on launching its iPhone app later this fall.
• Modernizing Medicine , creator of a cloud-based electronic medical record system for specialized surgical areas, raked in $14 million in Series C funding from Summit Partners.
Previous funding rounds for Modernizing Medicine were for $7 million and $8 million, bringing total funding to date to $29 million. Modernizing Medicine, based in Boca Raton and launched in 2010, now has 140 employees and plans to add another 30 by year’s end, said CEO Daniel Cane.
Modernizing Medicine’s Electronic Medical Assistant, available in an iPad application or from any web-enabled computer, integrates into the healthcare practice’s work flow, increasing efficiencies for the dermatology, ophthalmology, optometry, orthopedics and plastic and cosmetic surgery markets, said Cane, who also founded Blackboard. Funding will be used to expand into new specialty areas and further develop capabilities with big data.
On the radar
The first annual Mini Maker Faire is coming to Miami in November.
Maker Faire, started in San Diego, is a festival of tech enthusiasts, crafters, makers, engineers, tinkerers and artists gather to show their creations and share what they have learned. Miami’s version will feature both established and emerging local “makers” specializing in robots, drones, hardware hacking, 3D printing, art, music urban farming and sustainability.
For more information, tickets or to apply to present your project: makerfairemiami.eventbrite.com.
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