We called out into the soundscape looking for the best entrepreneurs, builders, and creatives working on companies defining the future of audio- and voice-first tech.
The place audio has in our lives has changed dramatically over the past few years, from the explosion of podcasting and on-demand streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music, to the ubiquity of AirPods and voice-based assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Home.
But even with all that change we believe we’re still in the beginning stages of a new wave of innovation around audio and voice. There have recently been major advances in Natural Language Processing (the way we and computers understand each other in human language, not code). The proliferation of excellent audio content means we’re in need of new approaches to discovery and monetization. Synthetic speech and new AI-enhanced editing tools promise to drastically reduce production costs, enabling the creation of all new kinds of audio-based content that wouldn’t be cost-effective otherwise. Smart headphones like AirPods open up new possibilities in mobile, voice-first applications and utilities