GBM’s Ring Central Ultimate Small Business Start Up Giveway starts today!

The Ring Central Ring Ultimate Small Business Start Up Giveway has already started on other tech sites, and now its our turn to add to the contest frenzy. If you are interesting in winning a complete small business set up package, including things like voice service, business cards, logo creation, web hosting, etc, today is your lucky day.  So, starting today, April 14th, GBM will be excepting entries for this giveway.

How do you enter the Ring Central Ultimate Small Business Start Up Giveaway?  Well, its pretty simple.  We hear at GBM want to know the following:

  • What is your dream small business if you could open anything you wanted?  For example, when I asked our own Xavier Lanier, he said he wanted to have the ULTIMATE computer business, and then waxed poetically on what that was for him.
  • What is your personal evolution of phone usage?  Where do you start and where have you finally wound up?  For example, I started with a rotary phone in my parents house in Westfield, NJ.  When we moved down to Florida, we got the phone company’s push button princess phone.  My mother had one of the first “brick” Motorola cell phones she used to use for her business.  Over time, its now evolved to my father having a Motorola flip phone, and me using a T-Mobile G1 Android phone combined with Google Voice.

We want details and stories, not just bullet points and trivia.  Have fun with it, make us laugh, or cry  or just admire your style.

Please enter by leaving a comment here on this post or in the GBM forum.

Winners will be chosen on April 18th using

Good luck everyone and we can’t wait to see what your dream business is and your phone history.


  1. Matt G.

    04/16/2010 at 7:32 pm


    My ideal small business would be expanding my online blog to a major publication. Perhaps we could eventually sell computers (and accessories) but that’s looking way into the future.


    When I was young, we had one touch-tone telephone. Neither of my parents had cell phones. Over time, they both caved in and bought phones from Sprint (who they are no longer with).

    My first cell was a Samsung flip phone. Main feature? A color screen. Ooh-ahh.

    Since then, I’ve been through a some Sidekicks, Windows Mobile Phones, iPhones, and BlackBerries. I now use the 9700 (Bold II) on a day-to-day basis.

    Oh, and my parents? They’re both have CrackBerries now too!

  2. jay

    04/17/2010 at 1:02 am

    I would like to open a pc accessories, repair and DIY shop.

    Back in the old days, we had a sturdy rotary phone, then moved on to the not so sturdy push button ones in various incarnations till today.

    As for mobile phones, i guess i didnt get one till the mid nineties and it was the motorola startac followed by ericsson GF-788. I had many of the latest phones since then including the more recent Blackberry 9700, HTC HD2, IPhone 3GS etc but i finally got rid of all of them and am settled with the awesome Nokia N82 for the moment. I would love to try some of the Android phones some time cos they’re really good.

  3. Paul Gillespie

    04/18/2010 at 1:17 pm

    My dream business is actually teaching folks in a geographically-agnostic manner. Basically I want to teach people who could use some assistance new things, because I love to learn and I think if folks found success with some of what they’re taught they’d appreciate how the sky is the limit. It’s my way of giving back to the community that’s given so much to me.

    But I want to do it in a location-agnostic way. To be able to teach my students while on the beach in Brazil, enjoying a cup of coffee in my apartment here in the midwest or while appreciating the Washington Memorial on a beautiful summer day.

    In terms of evolution of my phone usage, I’m a complete telecom nerd. I’ve worked in the industry (Ma Bell stuff) and have watched my phone go from mom & dad’s rotary dial to the touch-tone. I had a mobile phone when they first came out (I think I paid like $60/month for a pittance of minutes, no data or text), and haven’t looked back. A personalized cell phone number back when you could define which four numbers you wanted at the end. Now I’m running life from an iPhone.