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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

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
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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




Voice Landscape in Europe from All About Voice Conference - Voicebot Podcast Ep 119

This week's interviews were conducted onsite at the All About Voice Conference in Munich, Germany. That enabled us to capture the European (and Isreali and even some U.S.) perspective on voice assistant adoption. The five guests come from France, Germany, Isreal, and Poland. We discuss European voice assistant adoption, voice UX design principles, open source versus proprietary software approaches, voice assistant experiments in primary education, voice in podcasting and media, and...


Enterprise Voice Assistant Adoption and Org Structure with Nestle, RBC, and American Red Cross - Voicebot Podcast Ep 118

During the Voice 19 conference, I had the opportunity to host a panel discussion of enterprise voice leaders from Nestle, Royal Bank of Canada, and the American Red Cross. We discuss the first multimodal Alexa skill, Nestle Goodness, with Josh Baillon who also reviewed the company's voice strategy pillars of search, commerce, and utility. And, we hit on lessons learned around voice app discovery. Royal Bank of Canada's Ryan Matthews talked about a variety of financial services use cases and...


Financial Services and Voice AI with Prudential, Visa and TD Ameritrade from Voice Summit - Voicebot Podcast Ep 117

Financial services has become one of the leading industries driving the adoption of voice ad AI technologies. At the Voice 19 conference this year I hosted a panel with Adam Kaye, VP of Architecture Global Business Technology Solutions for Prudential Financial; Mark Jamison, Global Head of Innovation Design for Visa; and, Sunayna Tuteja, head of strategic partnership and emerging technologies at TD Ameritrade. We talk about how voice AI is impacting these companies in their relationships...


Amazon Alexa Product Launch Event Commentary from Amazon's Daniel Rausch, USA Today, The Spoon, CNET, and Voicebot - Voicebot Podcast Ep 116

Amazon held its annual Alexa product launch event in September 2019 and there were some expected announcements along with a few surprises. Hearables, smart glasses, smart home, Samuel L. Jackson, Alexa Auto and many more topics were covered in more than 80 announcements. Breaking it all down for you this week are Amazon VP of smart home Daniel Rausch, USA Today's Jefferson Graham, Chris Albrecht of The Spoon, and Ben Fox Rubin from CNET. Voicebot's Bret Kinsella also offers his "hot take" on...


Chris Mitchell CEO of Audio Analytic - Voicebot Podcast Ep 115

Chris Mitchell is CEO and founder of Audio Analytic. He has a Ph.D. in information retrieval from Anglia Ruskin University and also holds degrees in audio and music technology and electrical and electronics engineering. He filed a patent for some of the core technology behind Audio Analytic more than a decade ago after completing his Ph.D. and then accepted a Kaufman Fellowship for entrepreneurship in 2007. He returned to Anglia as a lecturer and researcher and founded Audio Analytic in...


10 Voice Technology Applications That are Not Alexa and Friends with Jeff Adams CEO of Cobalt- Voicebot Podcast Ep 114

Jeff Adams is best known for leading the ASR team that built Amazon’s Alexa and we went into that history in-depth in episode 59 last year. He has accumulated over 20 patents in speech technology since the 1990s working as an engineer and CTO for some of the biggest names in the industry. Today, Jeff is CEO of Cobalt Speech which helps develop voice technology for new applications beyond what you see from Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. He shares 10 of these innovative applications in...


Gene Munster Founder of Loup Ventures Talks Voice SEO, Smart Speaker Sales, and Apple - Voicebot Podcast Ep 113

Gene Munster is managing partner at Loup Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on early-stage investing. We discuss Apple's voice strategy, Voice SEO data, smart speaker sales forecasts and much more. Munster co-founded Loup after 21 years as a research analyst at Piper Jaffrey where he covered familiar names such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. During his career, he has been named Top Stock Picker from Forbes, Best on the Street from The Wall Street Journal, and was widely...


Braden Ream CEO of Voiceflow - Voicebot Podcast Ep 112

Braden Ream is co-founder and CEO of Voiceflow which was officially founded in 2018. The company initially started around the idea of creating a new company to support the rise of voice assistants and that led the team to create several interactive children’s stories using Storyline. They then decided to build their own software to better meet their needs and this software so intrigued investors that Voiceflow pivoted to a code-free voice app development, design, and prototyping platform in...


Podcasts and Voice Assistants - Interviews with Google, Edison Research, Westwood One, Spoken Layer, Amplifi and Witlingo - Voicebot Podcast Ep 111

This week's interviews are all about the intersection of podcasts (the content) and voice assistants (the channel). Interviews were conducted onsite at the Podcast Movement conference. Guests include Zack Reneau-Wedeen of Google followed by Tom Webster from Edison Research, Suzy Schulz of Westwood One, Will Mayo of Spoken Layer and Steve Goldstein from Amplifi Media. We close with Ahmed Bouzid and Brielle Nickoloff from Witlingo. In all, seven guests weigh in on the intersection of podcasts...


Dave Isbitski of Amazon Talks About the Early Days of Alexa - Voicebot Podcast Ep 110

David Isbitski joined the Alexa team in early 2015, shortly after the Amazon Echo launched and before Alexa Skills Kit or the skill store. When he started, it was all about developer office hours, slack groups, and meetups. Today, it is more often about conference keynotes and boardrooms. Bret Kinsella interviewed Dave at the Voice 19 Conference to get a sense about how things have changed over the past five years and what that means going forward for voice assistant adoption. Isbitski is...


Adam Cheyer of Samsung and Viv Labs Talks 25 Years of Voice Assistants - Voicebot Podcast Ep 109

Adam Cheyer is co-founder and VP of Engineering of Viv Labs and Vice President of R&D at Samsung. He is also a founding member of and Sentient. Previously, he was co-founder and VP of Engineering at Siri and a director of engineering at Apple. Earlier in his career, Adam held executive roles at SRI International in the computer-human interaction center and the artificial intelligence center. He earned an undergraduate computer science degree from Brandeis and an MS in computer...


Marketer Adoption of Voice Apps as a Marketing Channel - Voicebot Podcast Ep 108

Voicebot recently surveyed over 300 marketers to determine their enthusiasm and activity around voice assistants as a marketing channel. That report includes 20 charts and 30 pages of analysis and can be downloaded at no cost at In this episode, host Bret Kinsella is joined by David Ciccarelli, CEO of, and Ava Mutchler of for an in-depth discussion of the key findings. The discussion was originally recorded as a webinar and used a format that...


Voice Summit 19 Onsite Interviews - Voicebot Podcast Ep 2017

Voice Summit 19 was the largest gathering of voice industry professionals globally in 2019. Voicebot took the opportunity to speak with six industry leaders to get their perspective on the conference, where voice adoption has been and where it is headed. Host Bret Kinsella is joined by Amir Hirsh, CEO of Audioburst, Bruce Rase, CEO of AgVoice, Steven Tingiris, CEO of Dabble Labs, Pat Higbie, CEO of XAPPmedia, Guilio Caperdoni, head of innovation at Videmme Consulting, and Maarten...


Voice Assistant SEO for Brands with Ben Fisher and Ava Mutchler - Voicebot Podcast Ep 106

This week's episode is the audio from a recent webinar focused on the results of the Voice Assistant SEO Report for Brands. Ben Fisher of Magic + Co. and Ava Mutchler from join as guests to discuss the results. The report included results from over 4,000 questions about 200 consumer brands asked of Alexa, Bixby, Google Assistant, and Siri. The results surprised many because they were much worse than voice assistants typically do on general knowledge questions and ran counter to...


Amy Stapleton, Dave Kemp, and Pete Haas Discuss First 100 Episodes - Voicebot Podcast Ep 105

There have been so many rich insights offered by Voicebot Podcast guests that I wanted to figure out a simple way to unlock a few of those nuggets in case you missed the episodes. I also wanted to hear some discussion among dedicated and erudite listeners about what was said by past guests and what they thought mattered most. With 100 episodes to choose from, we narrowed it down by asking listeners to let me know their favorite episodes and why. Our panelists also weighed in and by my...


Top Voice News of First Half of 2019 with Ben Fox Rubin, Pete Erickson, and Eric Schwartz - Voicebot Podcast Ep 104

The first half of 2019 started with data around big growth numbers for smart speakers over the previous year, Amazon saying there were more than 100 million Alexa enabled devices, followed within a week by Google announcing there were over 1 billion devices with Google Assistant. That was followed by a lot of voice assistant news across multiple devices ranging from patio umbrellas to motorcycle helmets from the U.S. and China at CES. As the year progressed many more stories followed about...


NYC AI, Bots and Marketing Meetup with Betaworks, Skilled Creative, Vayner Media, and Resemble AI - Voicebot Podcast Ep 103

There are five guests in this week's episode that all attended and presented at the recent AI, Bots, and Marketing meetup in New York City. We are joined by Matt Hartman, a partner at Betaworks. He is followed by Brandon Kaplan, CEO of voice-focused agency Skilled Creative. Those were both recorded on site prior to the event and are followed by some post-event interviews with Claire Mitchell of Vayner Media, Saqib Muhammad and Zohaib Ahmed from Resemble Ai. We conclude with Alec Lazarescu,...


Rupal Patel CEO of VocaliD Discusses Customized Synthetic Voices - Voicebot Podcast Ep 102

Rupal Patel is the founder and CEO of VocaliD. She founded the company in 2014 to provide voice prostheses for people that cannot speak in their own voices. The company continues with that work today and has expanded into customized voices for brands looking for a distinctive sound in their efforts around voice assistants. VocaliD was a Mass Challenge finalist in 2014 where it participated in the accelerator program. Patel has also been a professor at Northeastern University for the past 16...


The Re MARS Interviews with Pulse Labs, Volley, The Cube, Reuters, Bondad, and Philosophical Creations - Voicebot Podcast Ep 101

Today’s episode is a compilation of six interviews captured onsite at Amazon’s inaugural Re: MARS conference earlier this month. MARS stands for Machine Learning, AI, Robots, and Space, and it is designed to showcase what Amazon thinks about the future of tech. We have a great lineup to discuss the Alexa Conversations and the cross-skill goal completion announcements as well as innovations on display ranging from neural detection from wrist movements to drone delivery and how we interact...


Audrey Arbeeny of Audiobrain Talks Sonic Branding and the Rise of Voice - Voicebot Podcast Ep. 100

Audrey Arbeeny is an Emmy Award Winning Executive Producer and Creative Director that is also the founder of Audiobrain, a leading sonic branding agency. Sonic branding is brand strategy and production based on sound. In Audiobrain’s model, sonic branding includes strategy, original composition, sound design, audio identities, music supervision and licensing, research and usability, voice casting, education, UI design and more. Audrey founded the company 16 years ago after many years as a...