SpokenLayer

SpokenLayer The leading provider of voice content for virtual assistants and connected devices - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and beyond.
SpokenLayer is the leading provider of voice content for virtual assistants and connected devices - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and beyond. The world’s top media companies use SpokenLayer to produce, distribute, and monetize their voice experiences, and brands leverage SpokenLayer to reach audiences in voice at scale. We’re backed by Beasley Media Group, Guardian Media Group Ventures, Betaworks, North Base Media, Graham Holdings, Matter VC, and other amazing investors.

In an era of ad-blockers and content commoditization, good writing isn’t enough to survive. To thrive, publishers must create great experiences that meet customers where they are - at their desk, on their phone, at the gym, in the car, etc. We believe the space in the day where people aren’t looking at their screens is the largest opportunity publishers have today. We provide a solution that helps monetize this space with an engaging experience that builds loyalty. We distribute our SpokenEdition content on the world’s most popular audio platforms, thus extending a publisher’s reach well beyond your website and growing your audience dramatically.

Our Founder & CEO, Will Mayo, will be speaking at Programmatic I/O in a few weeks so definitely check out the panel, 'Fi...
04/11/2019

Our Founder & CEO, Will Mayo, will be speaking at Programmatic I/O in a few weeks so definitely check out the panel, 'Finding Your Voice in 2019.' We would love to chat with you about how we can help your company be heard in the #voicefirst ecosystem!

04/08/2019

Our CEO and Head of Strategy are at NABShow! Go find them to chat about all things voice!

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03/07/2019

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03/07/2019

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The secret is out! Thanks for the love MediaPost! We had an awesome time at #CES2019.
01/11/2019
Pssst, Here Are My Picks For The Secret Startups At CES

The secret is out! Thanks for the love MediaPost! We had an awesome time at #CES2019.

LAS VEGAS -- It's inside Eureka Park, as well as in private meetings around CES, where marketers can find the most exciting startups. Here's a selection of the "secret" startups I recommend marketers begin paying attention to.

"Amazon is all about driving [speaker prices] to the bottom because for them it’s an entry point for e-commerce” - H...
12/19/2017
Amazon Echo Prices Turn Smart-Speaker Market On Its Ear

"Amazon is all about driving [speaker prices] to the bottom because for them it’s an entry point for e-commerce” - Holger Mueller

Amazon.com’s $30 price tag on the Echo Dot smart speaker is triggering price cuts on Google Home devices and complicating Apple Inc.’s HomePod prospects.

What happens when you combine gaming and Alexa? You get a companion app for Destiny The Game & a Ghost-shaped Amazon Ech...
12/13/2017
Now you can talk to Destiny 2’s Ghost with Alexa

What happens when you combine gaming and Alexa? You get a companion app for Destiny The Game & a Ghost-shaped Amazon Echo - brilliant idea to shore up what the consoles' voice assistants don't do. #VoiceFirst #VoiceXP

Activision and Bungie have released a new Amazon Alexa skill that taps into Destiny 2 and lets you speak to Ghost, your character’s AI companion. You’ll be able to ask Ghost for tips on what to do...

Black Friday is almost upon us... check out our article about Voice devices for some last minute advice on Echos, Homes,...
11/24/2017
The Perfect Voice Device for Everyone on Your List this Holiday Season

Black Friday is almost upon us... check out our article about Voice devices for some last minute advice on Echos, Homes, Ones, Shows, Minis and Max's.

Voice-first devices, or smart speakers are all the rage this Holiday season. Check out our list below to find out which device to get for…

11/23/2017
The Perfect Voice Device for Everyone on Your List this Holiday Season

Struggling for gift ideas? Check out our breakdown of Voice devices from Amazon, Google, and Sonos to figure which one’s the best fit for your friends/family this holiday.

Voice-first devices, or smart speakers are all the rage this Holiday season. Check out our list below to find out which device to get for…

Alexa began offering monetization options this week. Publishers now have a clear, revenue-generating reason to make the ...
11/18/2017
Paid Subscriptions Kickoff Monetization Opportunities for Publishers on Alexa

Alexa began offering monetization options this week. Publishers now have a clear, revenue-generating reason to make the leap to Voice. Read our take on what the news means.

By now it’s clear that Amazon’s new paid subscription capability for Alexa Voice apps is a major win for developers and users.

See SpokenLayer founder Will Mayo at Business Insider #2017IGNITION conference, Nov 29-30, NYC. Let us know if we'll see...
11/17/2017
IGNITION 2017

See SpokenLayer founder Will Mayo at Business Insider #2017IGNITION conference, Nov 29-30, NYC. Let us know if we'll see you there and message us if you want code to get $600 off your ticket.

Convene the biggest names and most innovative leaders in media, marketing, and technology. Add Business Insider’s unique blend of hard news and big ideas… …and you have IGNITION. This November’s…

Good read on how Google,FB, and Amazon are changing the Internet for consumers, brands & publishers. "GOOG and FB now ha...
11/07/2017
André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how

Good read on how Google,FB, and Amazon are changing the Internet for consumers, brands & publishers.

"GOOG and FB now have direct influence over 70%+ of internet traffic. Mobile internet traffic is now the majority of traffic worldwide and in Latin America alone, GOOG and FB services have had 60% of mobile traffic in 2015, growing to 70% by the end of 2016. The remaining 30% of traffic is shared among all other mobile apps and websites. Mobile devices are primarily used for accessing GOOG and FB networks."

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"There aren’t a lot of rules for how things should be." - S-Town creator on podcasting. True For #Voice too.
11/02/2017
‘S-Town’ creator: Podcasting is so new, the rules are still being written

"There aren’t a lot of rules for how things should be." - S-Town creator on podcasting. True For #Voice too.

Three years ago, Brian Reed read a curious email. It was from a man called John B. McLemore, a listener to This American Life, the radio show where Reed works. McLemore wanted Reed to investigate a…

What do kids think of #Voice assistants? Read our write-up and interview with 13-year old Catherine to learn more. https...
10/27/2017

What do kids think of #Voice assistants? Read our write-up and interview with 13-year old Catherine to learn more.

https://buff.ly/2zTSo9k

Great write-up from last year of WNYC's Audiogram tool for making audio shareable on social media.
10/27/2017
The Future of Social Audio from WNYC – WNYC – Medium

Great write-up from last year of WNYC's Audiogram tool for making audio shareable on social media.

Audio is amazing. Let’s just get that out of the way. As a medium, it is all consuming. Putting in your earbuds and diving into a podcast episode or turning the dial to a radio station is an…

Excited to announce that we've partnered with the world's largest independent media buying agency to build #voicefirst a...
10/20/2017
Horizon Partners With SpokenLayer For Voice Activated Capabilities

Excited to announce that we've partnered with the world's largest independent media buying agency to build #voicefirst apps for their clients.

"In the past, SpokenLayer’s primary focus has been on content, but they also have incredibly strong voice strategy development capabilities that impressed us,” says Pedro Rodriquez, director, social strategy and invention, and multicultural social media practice co-lead at Horizon.

Excited to begin using the SpokenLayer platform to build #Voicefirst experiences for brands in addition to all of our amazing publishing partners.

Under the agreement, Horizon will now offer clients voice-enabled experiences on platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod, as well as future smart speakers.

Writing for audio? Here’s some of the top tips we share with clients to make them sound great.https://buff.ly/2kFOSMe
10/11/2017

Writing for audio? Here’s some of the top tips we share with clients to make them sound great.
https://buff.ly/2kFOSMe

06/27/2017
Finding Our Voice – SpokenLayer – Medium

Voice is creating a massive shift in the ecosystem.

We want to accelerate it for everyone - listeners, publishers, devices, distributors, brands, and influencers. Announcing lots of news today at Betaworks's #VoiceCamp demo day including 3 new hires and marquee clients like @Medium, curating stories with @JoeBiden, and launching branded content with SAP.

Read about all the exciting news below.

SpokenLayer is growing up. We’ve been in the audio space for 5 years now, exploring every technical detail on how to ingest content, create…

Excited to be working closely with the Google Home team to bring Spoken Edition content into the "Narrated News" section...
12/09/2016
Start building Actions on Google

Excited to be working closely with the Google Home team to bring Spoken Edition content into the "Narrated News" section of the Google Home App.

If you publish written content and you'd like it to be voiced by talented narrators and available on Google Home, let us know.

News and insights on Google platforms, tools, and events.

In the music world, Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist has helped us discover great new artists for months. Now Spotify'...
08/08/2016
Spotify’s Latest Algorithmic Playlist Is Full of Your Favorite New Music

In the music world, Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist has helped us discover great new artists for months. Now Spotify's Release Radar is helping us discover the latest music from our favorite artists.

Check out Wired's write-up for all the details.

Release Radar is a new, hyper-personalized playlist that's geared specifically for new music releases.

Fantastic piece about the early photography pioneer, Eadweard Muybridge in the Atlantic, entitled, "The Man Who Captured...
07/28/2016
The Man Who Captured Time

Fantastic piece about the early photography pioneer, Eadweard Muybridge in the Atlantic, entitled, "The Man Who Captured Time."

Love this quote, and how it could be said of so many emergent technologies:

In its earliest years, photography rode an unsure line between science and art. It transported facts of the world to the public. It offered pretty images. Few people knew what to do with it. But Muybridge and Stieglitz changed that.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/07/eadweard-muybridge/483381/?curator=MediaREDEF

Eadweard Muybridge revealed a new universe of motion with his camera, but history has largely obscured his extraordinary accomplishments with photography.

At its core, empathy requires listening, as this is the first step to understanding. In other words, empathy is the core...
07/27/2016
Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern | Aeon Videos

At its core, empathy requires listening, as this is the first step to understanding. In other words, empathy is the core of effective communication. In this fantastic piece, Roman Krznaric argues that empathy is a uniquely powerful – if often overlooked – tool for transforming and improving societies on a mass scale.

https://aeon.co/videos/why-we-need-to-move-empathy-from-personal-emotion-to-collective-moral-concern?curator=MediaREDEF

Empathy comes in two distinct forms: affective empathy is our instinct for mirroring the emotions of others, while cognitive empathy is our conscious ability to understand someone else’s perspective. In this instalment of Aeon In Sight, the British writer Roman Krznaric argues that empathy is a uniq...

Communication of all types fascinate and inspire us. This article from Nautilus, entitled, "Why the Songbird’s Serenad...
07/26/2016
Why the Songbird’s Serenade Is Going Off Key - Issue 38: Noise - Nautilus

Communication of all types fascinate and inspire us. This article from Nautilus, entitled, "Why the Songbird’s Serenade Is Going Off Key," discusses how, "Urban din is forcing animal mating calls to be either unsexy or unheard."

http://nautil.us/issue/38/noise/why-the-songbirds-serenade-is-going-off-key

Some people are confounded by actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s heartthrob status and compare his looks to an otter, bread dough, or…

A deep dive #LongRead for your weekend on the genius storytelling that is Richard Linklater's "Before Trilogy."Storytell...
07/23/2016
Richard Linklater's 'Before' Trilogy is As Good As Cinema Gets

A deep dive #LongRead for your weekend on the genius storytelling that is Richard Linklater's "Before Trilogy."

Storytelling at its best.

http://bit.ly/2a3TAsC

Aside from spending a fair amount of time on this site tormenting people with my word-vomit, one of the other ways I like to while away the hours of my free time is a bit of drink-... drawing. The trouble...

Stories are told through different mediums. This fascinating piece - "The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Prese...
07/22/2016
The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka

Stories are told through different mediums. This fascinating piece - "The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka" - is summed up via this quote from the article:

“This style of music is probably over 30,000 years old, since those still singing in this style have been separated for over 20,000 years,” Jerome Lewis, a social anthropologist specialising in hunter-gatherer societies at University College London, told me.

“The Bayaka and Mbuti (hunter-gatherers who live in eastern DRC) both sing in this style, and genetic studies show that they last shared a mother around 27,000 years ago, suggesting the almost identical musical practices date from at least this period. I don’t think there’s any musical tradition that can claim to have that continuity over time.”

You can read (and hear) more here:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/louis-sarno-spent-30-years-in-the-rainforest-preserving-the-music-of-the-bayaka?curator=MediaREDEF

Louis Sarno went to record the music of the Central African Republic's Bayaka community in the 80s and never turned back.

Great quote from a fantastic article - entitled "The Future of Economics Uses the Science of Real-Life Social NetworksWh...
07/20/2016
The Future of Economics Uses the Science of Real-Life Social Networks - Evonomics

Great quote from a fantastic article - entitled "The Future of Economics Uses the Science of Real-Life Social Networks
Why the focus of policy needs to shift away from prediction and control" - which discusses how Social Networks are altering some long-held economic theories:

"A world in which network effects are a driving force of behaviour is completely different from the world of conventional economics, in which isolated individuals carefully weigh up the costs and benefits of any particular course of action."

http://evonomics.com/the-future-of-economics-uses-the-sciiece-of-real-life-social-networks/?curator=MediaREDEF

Why the focus of policy needs to shift away from prediction and control.

Thoughtful commentary about the scarceness of actual awe-inducing moments in an increasingly immediate and connected wor...
07/19/2016
Lost in Space: Re-Claiming Awe in the Age of Social Media — Pacific Standard

Thoughtful commentary about the scarceness of actual awe-inducing moments in an increasingly immediate and connected world.

Perhaps a recalibration of "awe" is necessary, not from a tech apologist perspective, but to be more inclusive:

Lost in Space: Re-Claiming Awe in the Age of Social Media

Despite their uniqueness and representation of daring, images of the contemporary expedition mean far less to us now in a hyper visual culture where everyone’s experiences have been equalized by social media. While there is excitement and comfort in feeling we are the same as an explorer like Kelly, that we too post Instagram images of the sunset and our day-to-day moods on our travel adventures, there is something lost by the easiness and the casual context of this exchange of images.

https://psmag.com/lost-in-space-re-claiming-awe-in-the-age-of-social-media-64fb2303f66b?curator=MediaREDEF#.8htndepri

At a time when we desperately need to care about Earth and the efforts to adjust our relationship to it, democratizing all our experiences…

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella wrote an amazing Opinion piece for The Financial Times, in which he addresses the importan...
07/17/2016
We cannot afford another digital divide - FT.com

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella wrote an amazing Opinion piece for The Financial Times, in which he addresses the importance of utilizing technologies to increase access to those with dyslexia.

This resonates deeply with us, as SpokenLayer was in some ways founded to address these issues:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5712c7c8-bea6-11e5-9fdb-87b8d15baec2.html#axzz4EDgQ7gJI

Cloud computing is one of the most important transformations of our time. Although when you think of it, you probably think of entertainment, gaming and messaging apps, it also has significant applications to health, education and development. But

SpokenLayer is growing and we need your help to find some new people to join our team. We have a few roles we're activel...
07/06/2016
Jobs at SpokenLayer

SpokenLayer is growing and we need your help to find some new people to join our team. We have a few roles we're actively looking for listed here - https://angel.co/spokenlayer/jobs

If you know someone (or you) love audio, want to join a funded early stage team, and work with dozens of the top media and advertising companies it's worth checking out.

Also our CEO, Will Mayo make breakfast for the team pretty regularly and we have a roof deck, so there's that too!

SpokenLayer is hiring - See 2 SpokenLayer jobs. Work with SpokenLayer and you'll be surrounded by an close-knit team of smart, accomplished people who value cooperation and communication. We're looking for people who have a passion for audio, storytelling, and changing the media landscape. PLATFORM…

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