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.
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.
Ilya Gelfenbeyn and Kylan Gibbs of Inworld on Voice AI in the Metaverse - Voicebot Podcast Ep 253
Ilya Gelfenbeyn is CEO and Kylan Gibbs is chief product officer of Inworld. The company has a novel voice AI service that gives brains to in-game and metaverse characters and enables them to have personalities, backstories, knowledge, and the ability to converse. It's an impressive combination of conversational AI technologies for configuring characters and operating them in virtual worlds.
There is a lot of talk about metaverses and how conversational AI may play a role. Inworld has the most interesting angle I have seen to date on this topic.
Gelfenbeyn was CEO and co-founder of API.ai which was acquired by Google in 2016 and became Dialogflow. Gibbs is the former product manager for conversational AI products at DeepMind.
Raj Koneru CEO of Kore.ai on Conversational AI Today - Voicebot Podcast Ep 252
Raj Koneru is the CEO of Kore.ai. He founded the company in 2014 to tackle the need for automated interactions in messaging. That led to conversational AI services for messaging platforms ranging from white label solutions for enterprises to integration with WhatsApp Apple Messages for Business and other platforms. The company also expanded into voice services and last fall raised $70 million in a Series C funding round.
Today, we discuss the evolution of chatbots and voice assistants, what enterprises are focused on automating now, and the role conversational AI will play in the metaverse.
Zohaib Ahmed CEO of Resemble AI on Synthetic Voices - Voicebot Podcast Ep 251
Zohaib Ahmed co-founded Resemble AI in 2019 after working as a software engineer at high profile and innovative companies including Magic Leap, Hipmunk, and Blackberry. Zohaib's work at Magic Leap introduced him to novel UI interactions and his work analyzing user data led to deep learning models. From there he began to explore synthetic media and speech synthesis and Resemble was born.
Resemble AI graduated from the Betaworks Synthetic Camp accelerator back in 2019 and was recently in the news for creating Andy Warhol's voice for a new Netflix documentary.
Alex Serduik CEO of Voice Cloning Startup Respeecher - Voicebot Podcast Ep 250
Respeecher is one of the leading voice cloning solutions on the market today. It is also headquartered in Ukraine. In my recent update with Alex Serdiuk, I learned that despite the war in Ukraine, Respeecher was, in fact, still operating and fulfilling customer contracts.
So, we agreed to catch up on Respeecher's current business and also let everyone know the company is still operating despite the war. You are really going to like this discussion. We talk about voice cloning for media, how it's different from speech to text, deepfakes, ethical considerations, and a whole lot more.
Alex Serdiuk is CEO of Respeecher. The company has worked on several high-profile movie and TV projects including The Mandalorian where they recreated the voice of a young Luke Skywalker in an emmy-award winning piece of work.
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