Zello in the News


Pryme teams with Zello, others to provide accessories in fast-growing cellular PTT market

May 1, 2017 - A growing number of enterprises are replacing or augmenting land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems with Zello’s push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) offering combined with speaker microphones and other accessories from Pryme, according to officials from both companies. (Full Story)

Pryme and Zello Collaborate to Bring User-Friendly PTT Communications Over Smartphones to Law Enforcement

April 24, 2017 - Pryme Radio Products is now working with Zello, a cellular data walkie-talkie app developer, to transform the way that public safety professionals communicate. The Zello app can run on any smartphone over WiFi or over 4G networks to provide secure push-to-talk (PTT) communications. (Full Story)

This Sleek New Hotel Uses Technology to Maintain Order

April 24, 2017 - How a Seattle hotel introduced iPods, Zello, and earpieces for seamless staff communication and a better customer experience. (Full Story)

After LinkedIn, Russia bans Zello, the application used by protesters

April 14, 2017 - The 400,000 Russian users of the Zello messaging application, used in particular to organize events, no longer have access to it. The Federal Communications Supervision Service blocked it, the company said on Wednesday. (Full Story)

Russia blocks app used to organize protests

April 13, 2017 - Russia has banned the use on its territory of a smartphone app widely used like a walkie-talkie to organize demonstrations and other gatherings. (Full Story)

Russia blocks protest app for refusing to share data

April 13, 2017 - All 400,000 users in the country have been banned from Zello. (Full Story)

One of the World’s Top Protest Apps Was Just Blocked in Russia

April 12, 2017 - The government is denying more than 400,000 Russian users access to Zello, which has been used to coordinate protest actions in several countries. (Full Story)

Russia Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello As Truckers Strike

April 10, 2017 - Russia's media regulator announced plans on Monday to block Zello, a mobile push-to-talk app that Russia's long-haul truckers have used to organize protests in recent months—including to coordinate an ongoing three-week strike. (Full Story)

We’re not breaking the law, say lorry drivers

April 5, 2017 - Lorry drivers are frustrated that they have become the target of authorities smply for having the push-to-talk application Zello in their phones. (Full Story)


Kidnapped doctor saved from hijackers

September 12, 2016 - The prompt reaction of neighbours and the Walkie-talkie Zello-app are the reasons that local dentist, dr. Rickes Putter’s life was saved in an attempted hijacking and kidnapping. (Full Story)

In Louisiana, Private Disaster Relief Outperforms the Government

August 22, 2016 - Thee recent flooding that hit Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012. So far we know that at least 13 are dead and tens of thousands were left homeless in the flooding. Even worse, most of those affected do not have flood insurance. Up to $21 billion worth of housing stock was wiped out by the deluge of rain. (Full Story)

How the "Cajun Navy" is Using Tech To Rescue Flood Victims in Louisiana

August 20, 2016 - Commercial apps are as good as what many professional first responders use. In the midst of one of the most severe (yet least-reported) natural disasters in recent history, a homegrown volunteer rescue squad known as the Cajun Navy is providing badly needed relief in flood-ravaged Louisiana. And to coordinate their efforts, they’re using consumer communication tech in ways that professional first responders could take notes from. (Full Story)

'Cajun Navy' Organizes Rescue Efforts in Louisiana Floods

August 17, 2016 - A collection of Louisiana residents equipped with smartphone apps and personal watercrafts have built an auxiliary force to help local law enforcement perform recovery and supply runs to neighbors in need amid historic floods. (Full Story)

Federal Agency Adds Wireless PTT Over Cellular to its Communications Suite

August 10, 2016 - Allen Hunter, an agent with a Federal Police Department, found a solution. He happened upon a new application by Zello that worked with his iPhone and allowed instant voice messaging. To optimize the app, Officer Hunter chose a wireless Bluetooth headset with built-in PTT button by Pryme for enhanced audio and quick access. (Full Story)

New app to curb crime, Ballito

July 16, 2016 - Keane Roberts, a Salt Rock resident, has tried to develop ways to best reduce the crime rate in Ballito and establish convenient emergency platforms. The 22-year-old Roberts is trying to get the public aware of an app called Zello, where he has created an emergency channel for Ballito and surrounding areas. Zello works as a two-way radio and enables live and immediate communication. (Full Story)

Wireless Communication System Helps Trailer Manufacturer Improve Assembly Plant Efficiency

June 5, 2016 - Instant, reliable communication amongst plant managers is essential for them to coordinate and optimize their facility’s productivity and efficiency. Even a slight delay in relaying information can prevent a company from achieving these goals, especially if the delay results in unplanned downtime for equipment retooling or maintenance. (Full Story)

3 New Trends and 1 Long-Standing Tradition Predicted for 2016 and Beyond

April 27, 2016 - The IWCE 2016 Conference proved that the convergence trend and evolution toward network-based wireless communications, which Dave George predicted last year, was indeed becoming a reality. “At the end of the day, it’s really about the network, not the technology,” George said in a recent interview with RCR Wireless. (Full Story)

Zello: The Walkie Talkie App to Rule Them All

April 8, 2016 - Let’s talk about walkie-talkies. They are the tool of choice for construction workers, truckers, and law enforcement, among other professions. The audio quality is low, but you can stay in contact with someone over the course of many hours, sharing information in real time necessary to get the job done. That being said, it doesn’t make sense for most people to carry around another gizmo if they already have a smartphone in their pocket. (Full Story)

Zello creates hands-free communications alternative

March 10, 2016 - Zello’s push-to-talk app essentially turns smart devices into walkie-talkies. Hotels are benefiting from adding secure PTT voice messaging to its existing communication infrastructure, be it mobile computer, land mobile radio, smart phone, iPod Touch or tablet. Zello’s cross-platform app allows users to stay connected, even in dead zones, and provides a quicker way to contact a home base, other team members or the dispatch center. (Full Story)

Zello PTT App Makes Instant Voice Communications Even More Effective by Capitalizing on Wireless Bluetooth Audio Accessories

February 1, 2016 - Just over three years ago, a young technology company launched a new push-to-talk (PTT) application in the U.S that essentially turned smart devices into walkie-talkies, all managed by a computer browser. At the time, the concept of using software apps to enhance voice communications was just beginning to emerge. But, as carriers and networks advanced to where WiFi and data were accessible almost everywhere, the option to connect via app naturally materialized. Consumers were the first to adopt this innovative application and today, Zello serves over 90 million registered users around the globe. (Full Story)

The uber-loneliness of the sharing economy driver

February 4, 2016 - Bill Moore’s walkie-talkie app Zello has mostly been used for people struggling against repressive regimes in places like Egypt, Turkey and Bahrain. In South Africa, communities use it as a 911 system. During anti-government protests in Venezuela, activists turned to Zello. (Full Story)

Uber Drivers and Others in the Gig Economy Take a Stand

February 3, 2016 - Zello is being used by Uber drivers as a platform to communicate, band together, and to protest low fares. (Full Story)


Voice Messaging Beats Phone Calls and Texts

December 8, 2015 - We associate voice with phone calls and voice mail. Phone calls feel like purgatory and voice mails are tedious. I get it. Voice messaging is really different, though. It combines the best elements of a phone call (the voice itself and its expressiveness) with the best elements of texting (the fact that you can read it when you want to and reply when you get a chance to). (Full Story)

Police Radios Transition into a New Era

November 17, 2015 - Law enforcement communications tools now offer a variety of ways for officers to maintain contact both within and without their agencies.The convergence of portable land mobile radios and Smartphones works both ways. There are apps that add PTT capabilities to smartphones, essentially converting the cellular devices into land mobile radio handsets. (Full Story)

These Android Apps Make Ringing Smartphones Exciting Again

July 30, 2015 - If group communication is more important than one-on-one calls, then PTT - or push-to-talk - applications will best suit your needs. Zello is among the more popular choices among both casual and business users. (Full Story)

Media in Conflict: The Case of Zello

August 7, 2015 - Often, in situations of conflict or war, the media is fueled by rumors. Conflicting political parties or others who have control of the media can pursue specific political agendas, regardless of the veracity of their information. The battle to inform the community can lead to an overload of information. This surplus of news, both wrong and right, can taint the perception of mainstream media.Zello, a free push-to-talk application for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, has helped journalists to build back a trust in the media (Full Story)

Trimble integrates Zello push-to-talk app into construction-logistics software suite

July 21, 2015 - Trimble yesterday announced that its TrimFleet 6.5 software suite integrates with push-to-talk application Zello for Work to provide customers with a “voice-over-IP radio replacement” for construction logistics... (Full Story)

Trimble Teams with Zello to Deliver Improved Communications in its TrimFleet Suite for Construction Material Producers

July 20, 2015 - Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today an updated version of Trimble® TrimFleet™ Suite for construction material producers. TrimFleet 6.5 integrates with Zello, a push-to-talk (PTT) application, for TrimFleet Communicator... (Full Story)

Daghestani IS 'Media Activist' Catches Eye Of Berlin Police

May 29, 2015 - As a popular social platform, Zello channels are used by groups around the world to proliferate information. Most of the time, it's for a good cause, but in rare cases it can be used for spreading misinformation... (Full Story)

4 Decisive Communication Technology Trends For 2015

May 18, 2015 - Dave George, President of Pryme Radio Products and a Wireless World “Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert,” unveils his annual public safety communication trends forecast & new products, including Zello... (Full Story)

Zello Channel Brings Aid to Flood Victims

April 27, 2015 - Zello users in Astana, Kazakhstan help their neighbors by using a channel to coordinate and collect donations of food, clothing, and other necessities for flood victims... (Full Story)

Zello@Work : A Voice App for Faster Hotel Communications

March 11, 2015 - Zello@Work is a new app that can improve hotel communications while reducing operating costs. Today, Zello@Work is used by properties from global chains including Starwood, Wyndham, Hilton, Hyatt, and Intercontinental... (Full Story)

Zello is a Must-have App for Apple Watch

March 9, 2015 - Zello will be available for the Apple Watch. See a sneak peek here... (Full Story)

Zello - A New Option for using Cell Phones in Vehicles

March 1, 2015 - Zello complies with laws regulating the use of cell phones while driving. See how you can use Zello this way... (Full Story)

Kazakhstan Channel keeps Drivers Informed about Traffic

January 10, 2015 - Drivers in Kazakhstan use a popular Zello traffic channel to keep each other informed about traffic conditions... (Full Story)

Zello Helps Thwart Robbers in South Africa

February 11, 2015 - Zello channel "Witbank 911" is a neighborhood watch group. Users of the channel helped alert neighbors about a robbery in progress... (Full Story)

Zello PTT Walkie-Talkie app would help you make calls even without a SIM!

January 18, 2015 - Making calls with Zello on Android has several advantages... (Full Story)


Hadeel Assali: ‘Most People Would Never See This Side of Gaza Society; Only a Family Member Could’

October 6, 2014 - How a single desperate Zello transmission during the Gaza conflict of 2014 inspired a Columbia PhD candidate to make a documenary about how it was affecting her family back in Gaza. (Full Story)

Q&A: Zello, app used by pro-Russians in Ukraine

August 30, 2014 - Zello is a free application which turns handheld devices and PCs into push-to-talk two-way radios of the kind normally used by public safety services. "Zello is about voice communication without calls, instant messaging without typing," says the company's website, Zello.com... (Full Story)

Why do separatists use internet radio Zello?

May 20, 2014 - Alex Gavrilov’s interview with Voice of America (Ukraine) about Zello’s role in the Ukainian separatist movement… (Full Story)

Revolutionaries around the world add new social media networks to tech toolkit

March 13, 2014 - Judy Woodruff interviews Slate Magazine’s Hari Sreenivasan over Zello’s role in organizing protest. (Full transcript and video)

Global revolutions helped by technology

March 3, 2014 - Zello CEO, Bill Moore, talks with Varney & Company host Charles Payne about his company’s app, which turns phones into walkie-talkies… (Link to video)

Protesters in Venezuela, Ukraine turn to peer-to-peer messaging app

February 24, 2014 - Zello allows smartphone users to send short voice messages from person to person or to a limited group of people. Some Ukrainians and Venezuelans have been using the app to organize their protests. Broadcasting a message to the world on social networks like Twitter is not always ideal for many people in chaotic situations. Apps like Zello and WhatsApp facilitate private, peer-to-peer digital messaging… (Full Story)

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground

February 22, 2014 - SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) -- The battle for Venezuela is being fought as vigorously online as in the streets, with Internet service cut off to a strife-torn university city and the government blocking selected websites and a "walkie-talkie" service widely used by protesters… (Full Story)

Twitter, Other Apps Disrupted in Venezuela Amid Protests

February 21, 2014 - Article about government blocks on social media apps, including Zello, making communications difficult for protesters during the Venezuelan uprising, and how the blocks were circumvented… (Full Story)

Zello App Gains Popularity With World's Protesters

March 5, 2014 - Linda Wertheimer talks to Patrick Tucker, the technology editor for Defense One, about Zello — a walkie-talkie app. That app is becoming a key tool for protesters in Ukraine and Venezuela… (Full story and audio)

Zello: An app for protesters

February 24, 2014 - Technology has been a huge factor in some of the big protest movements over the past couple of years -- think Twitter and Instagram in Tunisia, Iran, and Egypt, or Facebook in Brazil. A new app joined the pack this week in Venezuela, where protests have gotten serious: Zello… (Full story and audio)

Venezuelans, at home and abroad, have to jump through hoops to stay connected as protests continue

February 27, 2014 - In Venezuela, one of the more popular downloads right now is Zello, a walkie-talkie smartphone app created in Austin, Texas. It lets users create public or, password-protected, private groups and talk without revealing their location or identity — an important feature for anti-government protesters. The app’s popularity shot up in Turkey, Egypt and, most recently, Ukraine, during the unrest there… (Full story and audio)

Venezuela an online battleground for Canadians backing protests

March 27, 2014 - The big three, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, all have been flooded with pictures and video documenting the conflict in Venezuela, but one app has been in the forefront of the action. Zello, a walkie-talkie app developed in Austin, Texas, permits anonymous live public or private conversations with a group of people, allowing protesters to quickly communicate with each other. It has been one of the leading tools for protesters against National Guard crackdowns. The CEO of Zello, Bill Moore, says there are more than a million registered users in Venezuela, emphasizing the importance of the app’s role as a communication tool used for good… (Full Story)

Venezuela sends troops to violence-hit state

February 22, 2014 - The conflict between Venezuela’s socialist government and market-driven opposition has spilled into the world of media, with the press credentials of four CNN journalists revoked on Friday over coverage of protests. Maduro had accusing the broadcaster of waging a "propaganda war". The Colombian TV station NTN24 was taken off the air last week after it broadcast video of a student shot in the head in Caracas. Zello, a "walkie-talkie" style smart-phone app often used by activists to organise protests, has been blocked, a spokesperson for the US-based firm told Associated Press… (Full Story)

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela

February 21, 2014 - On Thursday night, the U.S. company Zello told The Associated Press that Venezuela's state-run telecoms company, CANTV, had blocked access to the push-to-talk "walkie-talkie" app for smartphones and computers that has been a hugely popular organizing tool for protesters from Egypt to Ukraine. Zello supports up to 600 users on a single channel, and company CEO Bill Moore said it became the No. 1 app in Ukraine on Thursday for both the iOS and Android operating systems. In just one day this week, Zello reported more than 150,000 downloads in Venezuela… (Full Story)

Communications During An Uprising: From Zello To Walkie-Talkies In Venezuela And Ukraine

March 17, 2014 - A protester, bloodied by a blow from a policeman's club, needs to communicate to an organizer that the authorities have begun using force. A few blocks away, the organizer wipes tear gas from his eyes and wants to signal to his group to fall back. Rather than using shouts or even traditional walkie-talkies, both pull out their smartphones… (Full Story)

This app is fueling the uprising in Venezuela

February 24, 2014 - Entrepreneur Bill Moore was in his Austin, Texas, office last Thursday, watching explosive growth for his company’s walkie-talkie app, Zello, inside Venezuela. Zello had become the favorite app of protest organizers there after recently hitting the mark as the most popular app in the Ukraine. Over the past few days in Venezuela, the protests ballooned following rapidly rising food prices, controversy over President Nicolas Maduro’s economic policies, public dissatisfaction over crime and multiple other factors. Moore was finding that in Venezuela that popularity had a price… (Full Story)

Austin app company helping fuel protests around the globe

February 27, 2014 - Tucked in a nondescript office along Austin’s West Sixth Street, mobile app maker Zello could hardly be a less conspicuous startup. It’s a little software technology company” said CEO Bill Moore, whose company employs about a dozen people in Austin. But the tiny company is suddenly a big player on the international political stage thanks to its smartphone app, which has become a go-to product for protesters in political uprisings in Ukraine, Venezuela… (Full Story)

Austin company updating app for blocked Venezuelans

February 22, 2014 - “…One way protestors had been keeping in touch with each other was an app called Zello. It acts like a two-way radio. It’s the product of an Austin startup. The Venezuelan government has blocked it’s use in the country. Zello’s CEO Bill Moore said they’re about to issue a counter-punch for the protestors…" (Full story and video)

Austin app creator targeted by Venezuelan government

February 24, 2014 - Zello CEO Bill Moore describes his creation as a walkie-talkie on your phone. Up to 600 people can be active on a channel at one time. It's become a critical tool of organizers in countries of unrest. "Last Thursday use dropped and we started seeing from our Twitter feed people complaining they couldn't use Zello and very quickly the help of the community we discovered largest ISP owned by the government, CANTV, in Venezuela had blocked access to Zello," said Moore. Within 24 hours Zello staff was able to create a new version allowing users to get around the block. Moore says it was a satisfying moment… (Full transcript and video)

Protestor Tech: Apps In The Hands Of Revolutionaries

February 25, 2014 - The modern-day protester and revolutionary needs more than just a helmet, throwing-stones and heart filled with righteous passion. These days technology offers invaluable tools to those speaking out against oppressive regimes… (Full Story)

Social Media to the Rescue

March 4, 2014 - Today, social media remain powerful tools for organizing protests. Most protesters are forced to operate on a decentralized basis, but this decentralization can be a major strength. Social media facilitate coordination with little centralized direction or presence. Essentially, small groups of protesters acting on their own initiative can add up to very large movements with communications facilitated by social media. These structural features – of protests on the one hand and social media technology on the other – make mass activity of this form challenging for governments to control. Zello appears to be the latest case in point… (Full Story)

The Smartphone App Connecting Austin to Protests in Venezuela

February 27, 2014 - Listen to Texas Standard host David Brown speak with Bill Moore, the CEO of Austin-based Zello. It's a smartphone app developed in Austin, Texas. Moore said Zello is more popular in Ukraine and Venezuela than Twitter. Why? “It’s better because it's based on live voice, which communicates so much more information so much faster than writing and can be used while you’re doing something else."… (Link to audio)

TECHNO FILE: Technology has revolutionised everything — even revolution

February 26, 2014 - With a new year, and new revolutions — in Ukraine and Venezuela — revolutionaries have a new technological tool, presenting the governments they are seeking to overthrow with new challenges as they try to disrupt their adversaries’ communication and planning. That tool is Zello, made by a moblie application (app)

The Phone App Venezuela's Government Can't Shut Down

February 26, 2014 - Governments don't like protests. Which is why the Venezuelan government allegedly focused on shutting down a specific phone app protesters there have been using to communicate with each other. It's called Zello, and it lets people use their phones like walkie-talkies to get in touch over radio-like channels; there are no typical service costs, users are offered anonymity, and the government can't listen in on what they're saying… (Full Story)

This Is the App That’s Fueling the Uprising in Venezuela

February 24, 2014 - “…multiple protestors said that they saw Zello as an essential tool for coordinating movement, collecting intelligence on the location of government forces, and organizing responses. In other words, Zello has clear military potential.” (Full Story)

The Tech Behind the Protests in Kiev

February 21, 2014 - As of today, protesters in Venezuela are no longer able to access Zello, a messaging app that serves as a makeshift walkie-talkie for organizers. Protestors in Kiev are using the same app, plus even simpler tech that you're probably already using to organize parties or talk about the news. Facebook groups have been a godsend for the revolution, helping get medicine and medics where they need to be. Hashtags on both Facebook and Twitter are helping tell Ukrainians where to protest… (Full Story)

Four Websites That Are Down In Venezuela and More

February 21, 2014 - Zello is a “walkie-talkie” smartphone app that has become immensely popular amongst protesters around the world. The “push-to-talk” system allows protesters to communicate and coordinate effectively and efficiently… (Full Story)

The Mobile App Driving Venezuela's Anti-Government Protests

February 25, 2014 - CEO Bill Moore tells Defense One he never imagined Zello would become a force in the politics of countries thousands of miles away. The company has no direct stake in the protests, but it can't help but get pulled in where its user base as grown. It's gotten 600,000 downloads in Venezuela in the past few days alone, and it became the number one app in Ukraine and Turkey during the height of their protests… (Full Story)

Venezuela Doesn't Want Its Protestors Using This 'Walkie-Talkie' App Made In Texas

February 25, 2014 - Zello, a mobile walkie-talkie app developed by Bill Moore in Austin, Texas, has been so successful that Venezuela has even tried to block people from using it. One of Zello’s greatest attractions for protestors is its complete simplicity — essentially, it just lets people talk to each other through the Internet… (Full Story)

What to know right now about Venezuela

February 22, 2014 - Some Venezuelans are reportedly without Internet, and some are experiencing blocked sites, according to the Associated Press. Authorities have cut service to towns like San Cristobal. According to U.S.-based mobile app company Zello, Venezuela’s state-run telecom company CANTV has blocked access to a walkie-talkie app that demonstrators have used to help organize protests… (Full Story)

Venezuelan turn to social media for protest news

February 21, 2014 - Even though false information can circulate online, creating even more uncertainty, Venezuelans have become addicted to their smartphones, checking Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other sites. Protesters also are using the app Zello, which allows people to use their cellphones like walkie-talkies -- particularly useful for those trying to stay in touch during the tumult of a demonstration… (Full Story)

Austin’s Zello Finds Itself Key Tool Among Venezuela Protestors

February 24, 2014 - An Austin startup is playing a starring role in anti-government protests in Venezuela. Zello, an app that essentially allows walkie-talkie style communication on a smartphone, was already a popular app in the South American country. But on Friday, CEO Bill Moore says he noticed a severe drop in users. The Venezuelan government had blocked the service. “We issued an update [to unblock the service,]” he says. “It looks like they just blocked it again, but it’ll be simple for us to unblock, to play the cat and mouse game with them.”… (Full Story)

Protesters turn to messaging app

March 24, 2014 - From Kiev to Caracas, protesters are using their indignation to a walkie-talkie app, but some may be functioning into federal government roadblocks. Zello lets smartphone users to ship short voice messages from person to man or woman or to a restricted group of people today. Some Ukrainians and Venezuelans have been working with the app to organize their protests. Broadcasting a message to the earth on social networks like Twitter is not constantly suitable for lots of people in chaotic s like Zello and WhatsApp aid non-public, peer-to-peer digital messaging… (Full Story)

In Venezuela, The Internet Becomes A Crucial Battleground

February 21, 2014 - Zello reported more than 150,000 downloads in Venezuela on one day this week. Activists reported a serious degradation in the Internet service provided by CANTV, which handles about 90 percent of Venezuela's traffic. President Nicolas Maduro had ordered NTN24 removed from air last week after it broadcast a video of a student killed by a gunshot to the head. Renesys, a U.S.-based top analyzer of global Internet traffic, confirmed the website blocking and service degradation, but said it could not determine if CANTV was decreasing bandwidth… (Full Story)


Turkish protesters using encryption software to evade censors

June 4, 2013 - Mobile internet users in Turkey are routing around suspected censorship by its government by downloading software that encrypts and hides their connections to the outside world, as the unrest in the country grows. People there are also downloading communications apps such as Twitter and Ustream, which can broadcast live video, and Zello, which works like a walkie-talkie, so they can record events and avoid surveillance, as protests and disorder entered their sixth day… (Full Story)

Paranoid Nationalism Changes Hands in Turkey

June 16, 2013 - Yeni Safak, one of the prominent newspapers within the pro-Erdogan media, took the lead in this new narrative. First, the paper ran a headline which exposed the "Zello organization" as one of the insidious forces behind the protests. Others soon pointed out that Zello is indeed used by some protesters for communication, yet it is not an organization but a company with an iPhone application similar to those of Twitter or Viber… (Full Story)

Turkish Newspaper’s Fake Chomsky Interview Lost In Translation

September 5, 2013 - Throughout June anti-government protests, Yeni Safak took a staunchly pro-government stance, alleging that foreign spies provoked the unrest and that a group in Houston used walkie-talkie app Zello to coordinate the events, ordering people to not back down even in the face of death… (Full Story)

What’s next? Doctors' plot?

June 12, 2013 - In the pro-Erdoğan media, this conspiratorial interpretation of the events has been taken to new, and more absurd, levels. Daily Yeni Şafak, in particular, launched a series of bizarre theories. First, they argued in huge headlines that the protestors in Turkish streets were organized from a base in Houston via “the Zello organization.” Soon, saner people pointed out that Zello is not an “organization,” but an iPhone app like Twitter or Viber. Being ridiculed by these criticisms, Yeni Şafak did not lose hope, and a few days later launched another conspiracy theory focusing on George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Institute, and his alleged “hidden hand” in Turkey’s streets… (Full Story)


Voice Chat App Voxer Gets New Competition From Zello, A (Non-Spammy) Push-To-Talk Alternative

June 20, 2012 - It looks like popular walkie-talkie app Voxeris about to get some competition in the mobile voice chat space. A new app called Zello is growing like crazy, too – in fact, it’s growing faster than Voxer internationally (although it’s behind in the U.S.)

Smartphone? Presto! 2-Way Radio

September 6, 2012 - ZELLO WALKIE TALKIE This free app works on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows, which makes it far more useful than, for example, iPhone-only apps. The design is beautiful, simple and uncluttered — there aren’t even ads. Like most of the best apps, Zello lets you create groups so that you can carry on something like a party-line phone call among a handful — or hundreds — of friends or collaborators. The company suggests, for example, that you can set up a Zello “room” for your company’s customers when they have questions… (Full Story)

ITEXPO: Zello Takes on the Startup Camp Challenge

October 4, 2012 - Bill Moore, CEO, took the stage, describing Zello as “like a CB radio for your phone.” His previous ten years of experience with tunein radio proves his experience, which he is bringing to Zello. The “social radio” app Zello essentially turns the phone into a walkie-talkie, with hundreds of thousands of live channels based on various topics… (Full Story)

Early-Stage Companies Selected for StartupCamp6 at ITEXPO Austin

September 24, 2012 - Zello, social radio for consumer, like voice twitter. People communicate most naturally by talking and listening, not by typing and reading. Millions of consumers use Zello instead of traditional radio to participate or just listen in to public conversations, to stay connected with a group of friends, or simply out of boredom. For business, teams use Zello to replace 2-way radio or push-to-talk… (Full Story)

StartUp Camp – Austin

October 12, 2012 - We got out of the office a bit last week to attend the IT Expo in Austin, TX. One of my favorite things about the IT Expo is StartUp Camp. StartUp camp selects 4 early-stage companies to pitch their innovations to judges and an audience filled with industry leaders, media and investors. It is often said that the journey of an entrepreneur can be lonely. That may be true at times. But that moment, when someone realizes that your dream fulfills their needs… (Full Story)