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Highfive

September 15, 2016 12:00 ET

Highfive Sees 300 Percent Growth in Video-Enabled Meeting Rooms

Businesses Including LeEco and von Drehle Switch to Highfive's Simpler, More Affordable Video Conferencing Solution

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2016) - Highfive, provider of the world's most usable in-room video conferencing solution, today announced that the number of rooms with active Highfive devices has increased by 300 percent since the same time last year, with more than 6,800 conference rooms at 2,100 businesses now powered by Highfive's all-in-one solution. Former Cisco users LeEco and von Drehle switched to Highfive in 2016, joining the thousands of customers like Evernote, Expensify and Rue La La that use Highfive to enable simple, effective communication and collaboration.

Highfive's lightweight hardware and unlimited, intuitive cloud software allows for efficient and more productive face-to-face meetings, whether coworkers are connecting from opposite sides of the office or opposite sides of the world. Now with premium sound quality from Dolby Voice, every Highfive meeting room experience provides participants with clear, crisp video conferencing and wireless screen sharing free of awkward lag, fuzzy audio and tangled cords.

The number of customers using Highfive to power their meeting rooms has doubled in the last year, many of them choosing Highfive because of its simple setup, accessibility and affordability, which makes it a snap to roll out video conferencing to their many different conference rooms.

LeEco, a company that creates and distributes streaming content, manufactures smart devices and develops autonomous electric vehicles all centered around their core content ecosystem, chose Highfive to connect their rapidly expanding US workforce. From their US headquarters in San Jose to offices all along the West coast, LeEco -- sometimes referred to as "the Netflix of China" -- has established Highfive as their standard video conferencing solution, at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems like Cisco and Polycom.

"In the last year, our team has gone from 80 people to 485 people in the US alone. As we scale up across offices, face-to-face communication is essential -- especially in a global, multi-vertical company like ours with so many moving parts," said Tyson Lee, Senior Director of Information Technology at LeEco. "Fortunately, Highfive delivers that, all with a lower cost and easier user experience than our previous system. It's quickly becoming the de facto solution for staff meetings, team syncs and ad-hoc chats that take place across the company. Given its effectiveness and price point, I honestly feel that Highfive should be in every conference room."

With more customers and active, outfitted meeting rooms than ever before, Highfive has seen its average monthly call minutes more than double, with about 6 million call minutes per month, putting the company's 50,000 registered users on track to reach over 50 million call minutes by the end of the year.

"Our continued growth shows that businesses realize that meeting rooms don't have to be places of frustration -- seamless, modern video conferencing in every room makes truly effective communication and collaboration possible for all employees, no matter the distance," said Shan Sinha, CEO of Highfive.

About Highfive 
Highfive brings joy and productivity to every meeting room with modern technology that just works. Highfive is the easiest-to-use meeting-room solution, combining lightweight hardware with intuitive cloud software to deliver high-quality collaboration and video conferencing. At a fraction of the cost of traditional systems, you can put Highfive in every room, not just the boardroom. Highfive is based in Redwood City, California, and backed by General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and GV (Google Ventures).