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#HSonAir Employee Spotlight Series: Interview with Garland Trice of Hearsay Social

Garland Trice, Hearsay SocialIn episode 15 of Hearsay Social On the Air we continue our employee spotlight series by introducing Garland Trice (Software Engineer, Hearsay Social), who shares how the engineering team works collaboratively with our customer success team and customers to consistently improve upon the Hearsay Social platform.
In the podcast, we mention our “A Year in the Life” video embedded below, so be sure to check it out, listen to the podcast below, and join the conversation on Twitter with @VictorGaxiola and @ronnykerr using hashtag #HSonAir!
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Stop Making Sucky Enterprise Software

Note: You only have until September 5 to influence the final sessions for SXSW 2015. Head over to the PanelPicker now and vote for Hearsay Social’s proposed session, “Stop Making Sucky Enterprise Software” Thank you!

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Bryan Schreier (Partner, Sequoia Capital) and Steve Garrity (CTO and Founder, Hearsay Social) chatting at @StartX.

In addition to Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih’s proposed session, we’re also backing an engineering-focused session led by our CTO and co-founder Steve Garrity (@stgarrity) for next year’s SXSW Interactive:

Many people in the technology industry believe you have to work in the consumer space to have the biggest impact on the most people. Everyone wants to build the next Facebook or Snapchat, the next app that captivates the minds of millions and gets called “sexy” in TechCrunch articles — simple, beautiful, impactful. People say it’s hard to do this with enterprise software citing how painful most enterprise software is and how many people waste countless hours of their lives fighting it. But why does it have to be that way? Hearsay Social Founder and CTO Steve Garrity, an expert in software development and architecture design, believes we deserve better and will convince SXSW audiences to fight sucky software and demand better experiences with their enterprise business software.

We’re excited about having Steve share his insights and experiences, from developing the Azure.net services platform at Microsoft to founding and scaling Hearsay Social to where it is today, at SXSW 2015. Help us by voting!
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Hearsay Social selected by AlwaysOn as one of the "2014 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies"

alwaysonToday we’re proud to announce that Hearsay Social has been selected by AlwaysOn, an online network and live event series for Silicon Valley companies, investors, and partners, as one of the 2014 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies.
Every year, AlwaysOn formulates its list of the 100 technology companies delivering the very best cloud infrastructure, software as a service (SaaS), and analytics solutions in the industry. Hearsay Social is honored to have made the list once again alongside other prominent organizations including DocuSign, Dropbox, GitHub, Zendesk, and more.
As described by AlwaysOn:

The SaaS marketplace is awash in products claiming to tame big data and provide easy-to-use, yet robust, business solutions. While the data is certainly there, the maturity of the products and services capable of coping with it are competing for primacy. The OnDemand 100 winners in this category are ahead of the pack, with strong financial backing and heavy-duty technology packages.

Thank you to the AlwaysOn editorial team, its partners at the biggest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, and industry experts around the globe for choosing to recognize Hearsay Social.
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Autonomous blimps and internationalized code: Watch Hearsay Social engineers present at PyCon

Thank you to everyone that joined the Hearsay Social engineering team at PyCon last week! We had a blast, and we hoped you learned a lot at Scott and Ruchi’s sessions, which we’ve embedded below. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

Hearsay Social blimp at PyCon

Hearsay Social at PyCon

Programming an Autonomous 20 Foot Blimp with Python

Scott Lobdell, Hearsay Social software engineer, documents the journey of a less than conventional robotics application in which python is used as the logical controller of an autonomous 20 foot blimp. The blimp’s autopilot features, prolonged air time, large size, and smooth motion make it the ideal platform for aerial photography. Giving the blimp an onboard controller reduces the overall costs and requirements of the operation.
Be sure to read our special interview with Scott here and watch his PyCon talk below:

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Localization Revisited

Is your web app ready for a global audience? Ruchi Varshney, Hearsay Social software engineer, explains why internationalizing your codebase with gettext (bit.ly/pyconi18n) might just be the simpler part of the puzzle. It’s hard to maintain translations in a fast paced deployment environment without constant manual intervention.
This talk covers tools and strategies you can adopt to automate your localization process and ensure high translation coverage:

Unveiling a new dashboard and compliance enhancements to help you grow business on social media

Over the past several years, we’ve closely collaborated with the largest financial services companies in the world, honing in on the tools and strategies that best help advisors grow business through social media. We then took this knowledge and developed a best practices methodology that focuses on the essentials to being successful on social:

  1. Get found
  2. Grow your network
  3. Research and act on social signals
  4. Build credibility through thought leadership.

Today’s new social business dashboard from Hearsay Social directly incorporates this methodology through its interface and features. Key enhancements developed in the past year include:

  • Advanced compliance capabilities: Dedicated to serving financial services organizations, which are regulated by FINRA and the SEC, we’ve streamlined compliance and supervision–not only to help compliance teams but also to help advisors. Today we’re launching a seamless LinkedIn profile review and publishing experience through the Hearsay Social interface. Over the past year, Hearsay Social has doubled the information it collects for archiving from social networks, streamlined the user interface for supervision, and improved integration with industry-leading archiving tools, all to enable significantly more efficient compliance capabilities.
  • Advanced Social Signals: Through Hearsay Social’s unique Social Signals offering, which uses natural language processing to alert users to important life events of people in their networks, users can now track alerts and follow up on an individual level. This allows agents and advisors to effectively manage lists of current and prospective clients and respond to social signals at scale.
  • Enterprise-level integration: Hearsay Social has released new enterprise APIs, making it even easier for global businesses to integrate the Hearsay Social platform into their business-critical enterprise and compliance systems. This enables further customization with system-level integration for global companies and streamlines the deployment process, helping agents and advisors to start using social media more quickly.

Of course, we won’t stop there. Every day we work closely with the social networks, the regulatory bodies, and you–our customers–to continually improve upon Hearsay Social, the leading social business platform for the financial services industry.
Read the full press release here and learn more: