The Voicebot Podcast is about the intersection of voice and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It is a weekly look at trends, founders and newsmakers and supplements the daily research, analysis and news found at https://voicebot.ai.
James Poulter CEO of Vixen Labs on Voice Assistant Consumer Data - Voicebot Podcast Ep 259
James Poulter and Vixen Labs along with the Open Voice Network and Veritone surveyed 6000 consumers in the U.S., UK, and Germany about their perception and use of voice assistants and smart speakers. We break down the findings and discuss the implications for the industry as a whole. Trends, data, industry news -- all the things you like.
Poulter co-founded Vixen Labs in 2018. He previously was head of emerging platforms and partnerships for LEGO Group where he did some voice AI work and early in his career was an associate director at Edelman.
Google Assistant Retreats on Conversational Actions with Firstenberg, Tucker, and Schwartz - Voicebot Podcast Ep 258
Google announced it will be sunsetting support for third-party conversational actions–the voice apps that work with Google Assistant–in June 2023. It decided there was no point in maintaining a separate app store just for voice and it is encouraging conversational action developers to port their experiences over to Android apps.
This special edition of the Voicebot Podcast showcases Allen Firstenberg and Mark Tucker, both active developers of conversational actions and other voice app experiences. Firstenberg is a GDE for Google Assistant and Mark Tucker is an Alexa Champion so both have some notable accomplishments in the space. They are both also well known in the voice developer community in part from their Two Voice Devs podcast and YouTube show.
We discuss the impact on the Google Assistant and Alexa ecosystems and how this will shape the future of voice assistants.
Brandon Kaplan CEO of Skilled Creative and Co-Founder of Journey - Voicebot Podcast Ep 257
Brandon Kaplan founded Skilled Creative in 2017 and continues to serve as CEO. The agency is well known for delivering voice AI strategy, solutions, and analytics for top media and consumer good companies ranging from Meredith and HBO to Pottermore and Pepsico. In 2022, Skilled Creative was merged with two other agencies to form Journey to create a new "experience" agency with expertise in immersive technologies such as AI, Metaverse, and physical world activations. Kaplan also serves as Chief Innovation Officer of the combined company while directly managing the voice AI business.
We discuss the past, present, and future of voice AI, how enterprises are managing the shift to conversation, and the value of the Journey agency model.
John Kelvie CEO of Bespoken on Improving Voice Assistant Performance - Voicebot Podcast Ep 256
John Kelvie is CEO of Bespoken, a leader in automated testing software for voice assistants. We discuss his company's journey from 2016 to 2022. And, we cover the voice assistant market evolution from Alexa and Google Assistant to custom voice assistants, customer support bots, and other novel applications. That discussion also takes us from predominantly consumer applications of voice assistants to the enterprise.
You might also enjoy going back to episode 6 or 55 where John shared the perspective of the early days of Bespoken.
Keyvan Mohajer CEO of SoundHound on 18 Years to a Billion Dollar Voice Assistant - Voicebot Podcast Ep 255
Keyvan Mohajer is CEO of SoundHound (SOUN), the creator of both a beloved music recognition mobile app and one of the most successful custom voice assistant development platforms. The company recently went public and carries a market capitalization of over $1 billion. We talk about the volatility of the stock but the real focus is drilling down into the company's business model, the use cases, and what the market wants in voice assistant technology today.
Mohajer founded SoundHound in 2004 while studying for his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford. The company's voice assistant technology is used in solutions for companies ranging from Mercedes and Hyundai to Snap, Netflix, and White Castle. Its music recognition mobile app has been downloaded more than 300 million times.
Dana Young CEO of AIPEX on Voice Assistants for Hospitality - Voicebot Podcast Ep 254
Dana Young founded AIPEX in 2017 to solve a problem he faced as an independent vacation rental property host. Voice assistants could provide his guests with a better experience and save him the challenge of answering a lot of redundant questions.
He started by building Alexa skills and Google Actions. AIPEX now has a shared service instance of Alexa for Hospitality which makes the solution scalable and easy to use for other property owners, hotels, and assisted living communities.
Dana shares in detail his journey building the first self-service solution for vacation rental and hotel owners, the key use cases, and evolution of the company.
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