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Episode 022 - Getting Started with Alexa for Business

In this episode Dave chats with Collin Davis, GM, Alexa For Business at Amazon. Alexa for Business was launched in the fall of 2017 and helps makes it simple to use Alexa within your work organization. Collin and Dave discuss how the idea for Alexa Business came to be, what areas the team chose to focus on first (conference rooms, provisioning devices, managing users, custom skills) and what companies are building today with the service. Alexa for Business Portal:...


Episode 021 - The Beauty of Language and the Art of Conversational Interfaces

In this episode Dave chats with Pilar Manchon, Director of Cognitive Interfaces at Amazon. Pilar has a long history in AI and is fluent in multiple spoken languages. The two discuss dialects, human context and the cultural aspects of spoken language. What does all of this mean for conversational interfaces and what should be thinking about today in your own voice drive experience? Pilar's Twitter:


Episode 020 - Building Community in the Era of Voice

In the episode Dave chats with Pete Erickson, entrepreneur and founder of Modev. They talk about growing the Voice community through local meetups, what it really means to get involved at a person to person interaction level and the upcoming Voice Summit. They also discuss the lost art of writing and how you those skills are more important today, in the age of Voice, than ever before. Voice Summit - MoDev -


Episode 019 - Looking Back at the Year in Voice and What's Next

This episode reflects back on Voice Design in 2017 and what we might expect to see this coming year. Dave brings back guest Paul Cutsinger and the two discuss the rise of multiple Alexa device form factors, how can voice driven experiences take advantage of visual information and what does all this mean for conversational experiences. Are there lessons can we can learn from Mobile or are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? Dave also dives deeper into what game development and...


Episode 018 - A Voice First Future with Brian Roemmele

In this episode Dave chats with Brian Roemmele about the future of voice and conversational user interfaces. Brian is a published writer and has been part of the tech industry for decades. He is a well-known expert in the growing voice space and has written numerous articles around the impacts of technology in our lives. This is an episode you don't want to miss! Links: Brian's Twitter: Brian's Website:


Episode 016 - The Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Accelerator with Rodrigo and Aviel

In this episode Dave chats with with Rodrigo Prudencio from Amazon's Alexa Fund and Aviel Ginzburg, Managing Director Alexa Accelerator powered by Techstars. The Amazon Alexa Fund provides up to $100 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation. The Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a startup accelerator created by the Alexa Fund and built around the belief that voice will fundamentally improve the way we interact with technology. The companies chosen...


Episode 015 - Creating Visual Alexa Skills for Echo Show with Jen Rapp

In this episode Dave chats with with Jen Rapp. Jen served as the Alexa Skills Kit product manager for developing the new interfaces Alexa skill developers use with Echo Show. She and her team worked to create everything from the new template layouts to the hint directive to the built-in navigational intents. Links: Display Interface Reference: How to Build Alexa Skills for Echo Show:...


Episode 012 - Alexa Skill Certification with Sameer Lalwani

In the episode Dave chats with Sameer Lalwani, Sr. Program Manager on the Alexa Skills Certification team at Amazon. Sameer shares best practices for getting your skill published as well as guidance for building more engaging skills for your customers. Links: Certification Requirements for Custom Skills: Certification Posts on Alexa Blog:...


Episode 011 - Alexa Smart Home Partner Network with Zach Parker

In the episode Dave catches up with Zach Parker, head of Business Development for Alexa Smart Home at Amazon. The two discuss recent product innovations, new customer experiences and current Smart Home industry trends. Links: Smart Home on Smart Home Skill API:


Episode 008 - Alexa Skills Department on with Nora Kelly

Customers can now browse the breadth of the Alexa skills catalog and discover new Alexa skills on In this episode Dave chats with Nora Kelly, a Sr. Marketing Manager on Alexa whose team covers consumer marketing and customer experience for Alexa skills. The two discuss how Alexa skills are ranked, how skills appear in the weekly trending placements, how to ensure customers know your skill has been updated and how you can interact with customers directly on your skill's...