Lua - Press and Media


This Is When You Know You’re Working Too Much

As I approach the six year anniversary of launching Lua, it seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect on how I’ve dealt with avoiding burnout along the way. In the early days of Lua, we were working seven day a week, 24 hours a day. As we scaled and grew the team, we noticed that a team operates much differently than founders do. Although this meant shifting our business strategy, it was necessary and beneficial.

BYOD adoption is hampered by lax security

As a growing number of medical providers use their smartphones and tablets to improve the speed and quality of healthcare delivery, this explosion of portable and largely unsecured devices is leaving patients and healthcare organizations vulnerable to hackers and cyber criminals bent on exploiting patient data for personal gain.


Work Management in Theory: Context

Work management is a term that has emerged in recent years as task management tools were enhanced with various social communication capabilities, principally derived from design motifs from work media tools.


Study: Consumer Messaging Apps Could Pose Risks to Enterprises

The use of consumer-based messaging apps for business is growing in popularity among mobile workers, but these apps could be a risky venture for enterprises when it comes to protecting information. That's according to a new study by Infinite Convergence Solutions that asked 500 professionals about their mobile messaging habits.


The Suddenly Exciting Future of Enterprise Communications

Enterprise communications is not a sector that typically generates palpable excitement. In the enterprise, the plumbing is never as exciting as the fixtures, and people spend more time noticing what communications enables than how it’s delivered. But this bias is now outdated, largely because software has taken the lead in an industry that was previously hardware-centric.

How to Successfully Integrate Secure Texting, Messaging reviews the basics of secure texting and messaging options, and touch on what current regulations dictate. We will also round up some of the more recent ways that healthcare providers have integrated secure texting or secure messaging.

How New Tech Grads Can Find Mentors

Lua's CEO Michael DeFranco and CSO Eli Bronner discuss the importance of finding a mentor in the tech industry in a conversation with Code-Duo. Many young graduates hesitate to develop mentor relationships and "If you’re not willing to reach out to strangers, building your business will be tough," says DeFranco.

5 Questions with Lua, a Leading Secure Mobile Messaging App for Businesses

In today’s Appy Holidays enterprise app feature, we’re excited to share our Q&A with Austin Lane, Chief Product Officer at AirWatch ACE partner app Lua. Austin discusses his insights into the biggest trends facing his customers in 2016, his favorite Lua features and the innovative ways people are using his company’s secure mobile messaging app.


Your Business is a Game of Tennis

Lua was named a great player in the game of business by Meet Advisors. Read more about why Lua is such a success in its industry.


Say aloha to the next hot mobile-messaging app

Lua's Michael Keoni DeFranco named his hard-to-hack mobile-messaging app—for businesses wanting secure group communications—after a Hawaiian martial art.

Modern Workplace Collaboration Tools for Financial Services

Lua securely solves mobile messaging problems while giving employees a great user experience and building team loyalty in a way that is compliant with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority requirements. Many financial institutions are aware of the benefits of creating mobile messaging solutions, but have compliance problems with their employees’ consumer messaging behavior.

Recap of the Business Mobility Summit

At the Business Mobility Summit last week, VMware’s Pat Gelsinger, Sanjay Poonen, Noah Wasmer and Robin Matlock described the current mobility challenges, the most important technologies to the future of IT and VMware’s value in enabling business transformation through mobility.

The Tools We Need To Increase the Impact of Self-Driving Cars On Business Productivity. Call them autonomous vehicles, robotic cars, or driverless cars - self-driving cars - once the stuff of futuristic movies - are dominating the news as Google, Tesla, Apple, and Uber have all launched initiatives to enter the [...]


Homeland Security Chief to Meet With Vendors

DALLAS (Mar. 25, 2015) -When the 2015 IEEE International Symposium for Technologies on Homeland Security (HST15) meets the middle of next month the focus will be on new ideas and solutions. One will be a revolutionary new communications tool called Lua.


Top-Down Homeland Security Giving Way

DALLAS (Mar. 24, 2015) - Organized government response teams, historically made up of silo-type hierarchies with difficult inter-communications, are getting an ingenious tool that allows those managing a catastrophe to communicate real-time with only select members of their units.

On his recent New York City jaunt, Jon stopped by the international headquarters of Lua, enterprise communications upstart, to talk shop with Lua CEO Michael DeFranco. On this seventeen minute chat, Jon and Michael chat about why enterprise communications need to change. Jon airs out his own email irritations and how solutions like Lua can change the inbox.

Three days before Super Bowl 2014, six envelopes containing a suspicious white power arrived at various hotels near MetLife Stadium, which was hosting the event. Bergen County Hazmat, Terrorist Task Force, police and fire department officials immediately rushed to the hotels to evaluate whether the powder was anthrax. It wasn't.

This year was another one dominated by enterprise solutions aimed at increasing workforce collaboration and productivity. Emerging and legacy companies are trying to meet the overwhelming demand from every business out there that's looking for the best way to get their teams working better, together. Technology companies have made a [...]

It should come as no surprise that Facebook is exploring the enterprise with Facebook at Work. They're certainly not the only consumer behemoth making moves towards the enterprise (Dropbox also comes to mind as a consumer-first company making the enterprise push). The media coverage of the coming launch was swift [...]


7 Ways You Can Help Your Sales Team Be More Effective

Every organization wants its salespeople to be successful -- that is, close more sales. Yet ask many salespeople and they will tell you that their organization often makes it difficult for them meet their quotas, requiring them to do lots of administrative work (e.g., enter data into a CRM system) or not providing them with mobile tools.

We're living in an instant gratification society, and the slew of new businesses forming what some are calling the " middleman economy " stands as proof. A new startup seems to pop up daily, and all are taking notes from the leaders of this nascent market - namely Uber, GrubHub/Seamless, and InstaCart - on how to entice new clients with the promise of "right now" for everything from cleaning services to tacos.


Why Businesses Need a Social Response Protocol

Online feedback is instant. Every customer has the internet in their pocket, and they are quick to broadcast corporate missteps, especially when it comes to customer service. If your employees go rogue or even if they just stick to antiquated corporate policies, expect to hear about it online.The good news?

The Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games of 2014 were the largest of their kind in the history of Canada. The Games brought together over 3,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers across 9 venues to put on a week of competitions, camaraderie and of course, as with any event of this scale, its fair share of complications.

Ryan Snell, a top sales executive for Cisco Systems' Invicta solid state storage unit who left the company earlier this month, has landed at Lua, an enterprise mobile messaging startup. Snell is now vice president of sales for the Americas at Lua, the New York-based vendor said in a press release Tuesday.

First came the ability to create digital files, which birthed massive, on-premise, solid state drives that held shockingly small amounts of information. Then, as workers demanded portability, there were floppy disks and CD-ROMs and Zip drives and USB Flash drives - all of these physical formats holding more data than the last.


How to Keep Your Remote Team Accountable

Often times, budding entrepreneurs think the hardest part of starting a business is just that: Starting it. The simple act of biting the bullet and going it alone. Yet with most good businesses come future employees; and with every employee comes management and mentorship challenges and opportunities.


Executives, It's Time To Chat With Your Clients

Does your company receive online reviews? If your answer is no...are you sure? It's not news that customers and clients are responding to brands in real time, whether the brands are aware of it or not.


Executives, It's Time To Chat With Your Clients

Does your company receive online reviews? If your answer is no...are you sure? It's not news that customers and clients are responding to brands in real time, whether the brands are aware of it or not.

Mobile efficiency and security: Finding the balance

Federal managers will need to strike the right balance between security and efficiency as they deploy mobile technology to improve government services and increase the productivity of the federal workforce, according to industry and government experts.

Teams must be coordinated to excel, which makes effective communication absolutely crucial. It doesn't matter what a team's objective is, or what industry they serve; emergency responders, event managers, educators and even government officials all must share ideas and work in sync to achieve their goals. When information is lost, problems arise.

Amidst an uncertain budgetary environment and little incentive to take risks on new technology, federal IT departments have been through a hard couple of years. Yet, each federal agency still has its own complex goals and relies on both employees and technologies to meet them in a timely manner.

The expectation behind all collaboration and messaging technologies today is increased productivity, efficiency of work and speed of action. To achieve the true benefits of real-time communication at work, businesses must identify a purpose-built solution that encourages employees to help each other - and then get out of their way.

The Enterprise in an App-Driven Universe

Ten Hot Google Apps for Business For all the care and feeding we've given to the data center over the years, it must be remembered that all that technology and the skills to operate it are a means to an end. The real prize these days is application performance.


Hiring Up: A Lesson In Taking Off A 'Hat' Or Two

Hiring Up is a way to add to your team to create a collaborative environment in which one can learn from unbelievably experienced executives while still guiding the overall strategy and direction of the business. This practice, it should be noted, is extremely competitive these days as these experienced pros are in very high demand in every startup organization I encounter.

Team Rubicon - living outside the inbox

Team Rubicon, a US based non-profit (NFP) that specializes in first responder disaster relief is living outside the inbox. It is finding that using alternatives to email are making on the ground decisions is much simpler and effective in getting things done.

While attending a tech conference last month, Michael DeFranco received word on his phone that Apple was joining forces with IBM to go after the enterprise. The CEO and founder of Lua, a mobile messaging service running on Android and iOS, stared at the text message in disbelief.

As wearables bring up multiple new form factors, resolutions and shapes for developers like myself, the challenges presented are particularly unique. Not to mention, every week a player in the space seems to announce a new API or device; the ecosystem is not just nascent but it's changing fast.

This week I attended the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen and was struck by how many discussions revolved around the idea that business winners - regardless of industry - would be those that quickly adopt new platforms, technology stacks and tools that streamline workflows. The concept of "always on" was [...]


Lua asks, can collaboration be managed with analytics?

We've discussed the broader topic of collaboration in these pages before, and whether the act of collaborating is a business process that can be automated. If collaboration is a business process, then folks who rely upon BPM applications are looking for a way to integrate collaboration into the other functions of the organization.

Lua, the mobile first communications platform for any workforce, has today launched a brand new feature of the product called Insights. Insights is a metrics platform that will allow clients to see in real-time the way that their employees are communicating and gauge that against the success of the company.

Posted June 27, 2014 By Ann All Feedback Lua is making a big splash with software designed for mobile teams that require real-time coordination. Clients include Team Rubicon, eBay Now and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Startups are not for the faint of heart.

Made in NYC: Lua

Lua is a Made in NY startup with communication at the center of its mission. A classic startup story, the mobile communications company was established in 2010 by three friends in a Manhattan basement. The name, Lua, derives from an ancient Hawaiian martial art that emphasizes silent but effective communication.

Venues Today :: Looking Back at Super Bowl

Lucky weather and Lua Technologies help Super Bowl XLVIII achieve success Fans fill MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII. (Photo by Ariele Goldman Hecht/MetLife Stadium) "We dodged more than a bullet - we dodged a bullet train," said National Football League's Sr. VP of Events Frank Supovitz about the weather surrounding the 48th Super Bowl, held Feb.

Lua: A messaging app that makes it easy to dial everyone in

Lua stands out in the crowded team messaging space by delivering something no one else does: Simple conference calling. While direct and group messaging works well for many needs, sometimes it helps to get a group of people together for vocal communication.


The Score Hears: Landry held a Giant grudge

Tom Landry may have turned the Dallas Cowboys into America's Team, but author Mark Ribowsky says the legendary football coach rooted for the Giants after he was unceremoniously dumped by Jerry Jones in 1989.