Enter: OKRs

There are some things that we learned along the way, and one of them is that in order to do things fast, it is better to just focus on as few activities as possible. The problem is, with so many things to work on, we often find ourselves focusing on activities with very low value.

Lately we came to the conclusion that we needed to stop and decide which activities we were going to focus on for the next few months. We were battling too many fronts at once, and little work was actually done.

We realized that one of the reasons for our continuous Work in Progress was that there were no goals, hence we did not know if what we were doing had an impact on the overall strategy. Without goals, everything seemed important and urgent.

Enter: OKRs.

OKRs stands for Objectives and Key Results. Google started using them in 2007 and still does. Basically what you need to know about them is:

  • Objectives are ambitious, and should feel somewhat uncomfortable.
  • Key Results are measurable; they should be easy to grade with a number (1 to 10, 0% to 100%, etc).
  • OKRs are public; everyone in the company should be able to see what everyone else is working on (and how they did in the past).

If you want to learn more, here’s the original video from Google.

So what does this mean?

  • Each quarter we set up OKRs at the company level
  • Then each team decides their OKRs to contribute to the company’s OKRs
  • Every effort contributes to an OKR, something important
  • After each quarter the KRs measures the completion of the Objective

We’re not going to say it was easy but it has been a great success. OKRs have helped us prioritize. When you take stand-alone tasks, everything seems important and urgent, but when you compare tasks with each other and the goals are clear, it is easier to prioritize tasks since we know which one might have a greater impact on the goals.

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

Oh baby it’s a wild world… wide web

We are glad to announce that we have taken yet one more step towards user satisfaction.

Providing a secure web browsing experience is key to protect our users data. That is why from April 2018, streema.com and all its subdomains are secure sites encrypted with HTTPS.

HTTPS encryption ensures that users can access streema.com and enter private information like passwords without anyone intercepting their information. Moreover, even if users do not share any sensitive information, intruders can exploit unprotected websites to potentially reveal information about the behaviors and identities of their users. HTTPS helps prevent intruders from exploiting the communications between websites and users’ browsers.

From now on, Streema’s users are protected by HTTPS encryption even if they type “http://streema.com”, since they will be redirected to the secure HTTPS site.


At Streema we are committed to building better and safer products for our users, while contributing in making the Internet safer for everyone. We are proud to be joining forces with thousands of websites in achieving this mission and we’ll continue working hard to bring our users the experience they deserve.

Stay tuned!
The Streema Team

Saying Hello to 2018 with new announcements

We kicked off yet another year at Streema with a goal in mind: keep expanding our reach by leveraging new platforms, maintaining high levels of quality and empowering radio stations.

At Streema, we’ve been quietly working away on many things during the first month of the year and wanted to share with you some of them:

Simple Radio for iOS now available in 17 languages

At Streema we’ve always had users from all over the world using our applications. We added 13 new languages to our iOS app, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Italian. Our Android app does not stand far behind, currently available in 14 languages.

Improved Search on Alexa skill

Our Customer Support team read and replied to user reviews on Simple Radio Amazon Skill page. With their input, we worked very hard to enhance our Alexa Skill search so it can be easier for our users to find and stream their favorite radio stations. We will keep improving Simple Radio skill as we firmly believe voice-activated platforms are the future of audio listening

More & Better Content at the Help Center and FAQ

We have updated our Help Center to reflect on the new platforms where you can use Simple Radio, such as smart speakers and cars. Take a look!

Called over 10 radio stations and counting…

We would love to hear some thoughts from radio stations and get to know more about their concerns when it comes to online streaming.

You can schedule a call with our team at info@streema.com

Stay tuned!
The Streema Team

Simple Radio now available on Amazon Echo

At Streema we want to people to easily access great audio content and that’s why we are taking Simple Radio to every device on every platform. We are happy to share that Simple Radio is now available on Amazon Echo, so go ahead and check it out.

How do you enable Simple Radio on your Echo? The first step is to say: “Alexa, enable Simple Radio skill” or in the store.

Once you enable Simple Radio, can ask Alexa to play any station by just saying:
-“Alexa, ask Simple Radio to play KEXP”
-“Alexa, tell Simple Radio to play BBC Music”
-“Alexa, tell Simple Radio to tune in NPR”

Also, it’s easy to play the last station you listened to by just saying “Alexa, talk to Simple Radio” and Alexa will ask you if you want to resume.

At Streema we strive to go where people want to go and we firmly believe voice-activated platforms are the future of audio listening – they provide a simple way to seamlessly integrate into someone’s life, without friction, and we want your favorite radio station to make it there.

Stay tuned!
The Streema Team

Simple Radio now available on the Amazon Store

Hi there again!

As we mentioned previously, we think voice activated platforms will be a big part of the future of radio

Our aspiration is that Simple Radio will be there reacting to your voice commands and our first foray into this space will be Amazon Echo. To that end, we decided to initially make our app available on the Amazon Store. We’re happy to say that Simple Radio is already getting great reviews – as usual, reviews that emphasize that our app is simple and that it is highly valued by users.

At Streema we want to take the simple listening experience that radio offers to every device on every platform, whether voice activated, in the car, or wherever else radio will consumed. Making Simple Radio available on the Amazon Store is another step in that direction.

Stay tuned!
The Streema Team

A Voice-Activated Simple Radio

As we mentioned in the last post of 2016, this year will give us more insight into the changes coming in how people access great audio content.

According to the recently published Infinite Dial report by Edison Research, 7% of Americans 12+ own smart speakers and that number will only go up over time. We’ve even seen it with our own users, some of which buy a Google Home device or an Amazon Echo and want to activate Simple Radio with the sound of their voice.

At Streema we strive to go where people want to go and we firmly believe voice-activated platforms are the future of audio listening – they provide a simple way to seamlessly integrate into someone’s life, without friction, and we want your favorite radio station to make it there.

We are working on it…

 

Stay tuned!
The Streema Team

Simple Radio Now Available in 13 Languages

At Streema we’ve always had users from all over the world using our applications. A few years ago we added multiple languages to our website, and we felt that it was time to do the same for Simple Radio. As a mobile app with a lot of international usage, we felt Simple Radio needed to be more international, so we worked with people from several different countries to add great content and now we’ve added many more languages.

We initially had English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and now we’ve launched the following new languages on our Simple Radio app:

  • Italian
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Malay
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Russian
  • German

We’re considering adding more languages so, as a Simple Radio user, which ones do you think we should add next?

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team