Signl.fm is the first transcript-enabled Podcast platform, what the company calls “YouTube for Podcast,” or “Podcast 2.0”. Podcast is an awesome format, but it's almost entirely divorced from the web. The web is made of links, and it's difficult to link a podcast. By "marrying" text-transcriptions to audio, Signl.fm hopes to make podcasts accessible for the first time.
With Signal.fm, two people in conversation can produce 10,000 words as transcribed in just one hour. To put this number into perspective, that's a doctoral thesis. Transcripts can surface this conversational information to the web. The massive information explosion we saw pre-vs-post internet will be dwarfed by the information explosion once voices can be linked on the internet.
Signl.fm wants to change the way podcasts work. It's an ambitious goal, and we couldn't do it without help!
Signal.fm receives advice and support from IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program), as well as private investment from founders and Angel Investors. The company plans to participate in a startup incubator (also associated with funds). This is a fairly typical path for companies like Signal.fm, especially in Canada where a mix of grants and private investment is often required to get a startup off the ground.
Funds from Creative BC allow Signal.fm to hire a skilled engineer to help bring their vision to life, and a designer to help create the customer-facing interface.
See geekouts.xyz/ to listen with Signal.fm’s brand-new prototype.