Geniecast, a startup in two-way business videoconferencing events, is on a growth curve at the historic 555 Washington Avenue building in downtown St. Louis.
The company has 17 employees but occupies enough space -- nearly 13,000 square feet on the building's fourth floor -- to accommodate many more workers. Company leaders expect the headcount to grow to several hundred within two to three years.
Geniecast touts itself as the world's largest online marketplace of thought leaders, speakers, experts and consultants available on live, two-way videocast. The company refers to its approximately 800 speakers as "Genies" expert in customer service, business best practices, leadership or other trending industry topics.
"We keep a watchful eye on trends and topics to keep our content relevant and fresh," David Stillman, a Geniecast founder, said in a press release. "There is a process to become a Genie so we know we are consistently delivering quality content to our customers."
"Genies" include more than 30 members of the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame and more than 15 people on Inc.com's list of Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, according to the startup. Former Yahoo executive Tim Sanders, sales leader Jack Daly and author Dan Buettner are among those available on Geniecast.com.
Geniecast works like this: Clients buy a program matching their needs and price. An Internet link is then sent to set up the videocast, which can have as many as 300 connections in different locations. As a result, businesses with global locations may participate simultaneously in a live conversation with an expert.