Speak Music

Voice-Powered Alexa Device for Cars

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YOUR VOICE IS THE NEW INTERFACE IN A STREAMING WORLD

Voice control is taking over as the new user interface.  Additionally, consumer electronics products are quickly becoming commoditized, with the bulk of the profits going to cloud-based software and services platforms - the "brains" behind the new generation of devices.  This has created an opportunity for innovation in the highly profitable consumer electronics accessories sector; to essentially rethink what is possible in the creation of "smart" accessories.  Speak Music is a "voice-first" consumer electronics company embracing both the popular voice platforms as well as our own voice technologies, redefining consumer electronics accessories. 

Speak Music's first product was Melody, a voice controlled audio-entertainment centric personal assisant, now incorporated into over one million Bluetooth speakers from major brands.   With home-based Smart Speakers such as Amazon Echo with over 70% market share, and Google starting to see traction the their Google Home products, it became evident that many people wish this convenience was available in the place where they listen to music and news the most - in their cars.   Consider that over 70% of people who drive cars listen to music or news while on the road.  

In the car, it’s proven quite challenging (and dangerous) to handle your phone, unlock it, and open your streaming service to play music, locate your favorites, and scroll to access them while driving.  

We’ve innovated solutions to help people access audio entertainment and virtual assistants that are attached to Bluetooth devices and are on cellular connections (as opposed to Wi-Fi). Through our relationship with Amazon, we're now bringing the power of the Alexa platform to cars with a simple device that allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.  

MUSE: THE POWER OF ALEXA IN YOUR CAR

Our new Muse device is small and works with most vehicles.  At $50 (no subscription) we believe that the 25 Million plus Amazon Echo users will want to take their favorite assistant on the road.  We also believe Muse will disrupt the subscription-based car-centric audio entertainment services such as Sirius/XM by providing a no-subscription option with significantly more entertainment content. 

With Muse in your car, you can ask Alexa to perform 25,000+ skills such as play your music, news, and audiobooks, control your garage door or home security, manage your to-dos, take care of shopping, and more, all with your voice!  Muse is fully optimized for your car, doesn't require you to unlock your phone, and uses your Android or iPhone's standard data plan.

THE MIND OF MUSE

So, how do we do it, you ask?  Muses’s core functionality is a proprietary firmware that creates a mobile-optimized always listening solution for automobiles that works with your car’s factory Bluetooth controls and speakers.  This allows drivers to simply use their voice to interact with Muse, as well as the ability to use in-dash controls right from their steering wheel navigation functions to control their experience.  Thanks to Muse, anything - from opening your garage door to rocking out to some Bon Jovi  - is within the realm of possibility without taking your hands off the steering wheel.  It can also be plugged into USB or AUX jacks of vehicles that don’t have Bluetooth streaming enabling voice controlled music and even hands free phone calls that are played through the car speakers.  This instantly gives them always listening capabilities using a “wake word” or button tap - just like those you see on Amazon Echo.  

Muse runs on a powerful Qualcomm processor that is loaded with our innovative voice recognition, noise cancellation, hands-free calling and Bluetooth technology. It seamlessly integrates with the Muse app on your smartphone for setup, connectivity, and visuals feedback.

PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

It hasn’t been long, but we’re making quite a bit of noise already here at Speak Music.  What started as a tap-and-play platform during Melody’s first generation now integrated into over one million consumer electronics devices has since expanded into cloud-based alway listening hardware that leverages the Melody platform such as our new Muse device in partnership with Amazon.  And we are just getting started. 

Just a few more of the many impressive accomplishments we’ve enjoyed along the way include the following:

Big hardware deals locked down.  We recently secured hardware deals with Monster and iHome, with the latter committed to shipping over 3,000,000 Melody Enabled units over the next 2 years.  Deals with additional leading headphone and speaker makers are in the pipeline to close in the coming year.  We’re also engaged with major mobile carriers who are looking to eliminate the expensive music deals they have in place in favor of providing safe, voice driven access to the music platform of their customer’s choice enabled by Melody and Speak Music.

Amazon Partnership. We are working closely with Amazon for Muse to be the first pure mass market mobile solution that brings Alexa Services to the car.  All of the skills you’ve come to love can now be accessed while driving.  Amazon will also be heavily promoting Muse and will also be displayed at the Amazon booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.  Muse was initially launched for pre-order sale on a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign where we have have exceeded or goal by nearly 600%!  Muse is slated for December delivery and will be available through all the major retail and e-commerce channels. 

Content partnerships in place.  Spotify, Apple iTunes, iHeartMedia, Tidal, NPR, Vevo, and Amazon Prime Music are all on board to provide their music and audio entertainment libraries on the Melody app.

Socially strong.  We’ve amassed quite the following on social media since January this year, with roughly 62,000 likes on Facebook and 13,000 Twitter followers.

IP protection forthcoming.  Multiple patents have been filed for our technologies, ranging from deep music search and ranking, to our version of active listening, to our proprietary AI engine.

Getting our name out there.  Digital Trends, Mashable, Tech Crunch and VeantureBeat are just a few of the many media outlets where Speak Music, Melody and Muse have been recently featured.

Fast forward to the present, and our current focus is squarely on growing our business and getting more of the world’s people to join the voice revolution.  This includes continued adoption of Melody into new products and services, as well as the continued rollout of Muse.  Here are a few more primary elements of our future development plan:

  • Onboarding our first wireless carrier to integrate Melody with over the next year;
  • Co-selling active listening sport headphones/earbuds (with OEM partner) to major athletic wear brands;
  • Release of Muse: Alexa for Car next year, and begin development of similar devices for other voice platforms.

MEET OUR EXECS

One specific core value was behind the creation of our company, and continues to drive us today: a love for music.  Our trio of Founders, all musicians and tech executives, shared the common difficulty of keeping music going while driving, working out, and performing other daily tasks.  After tapping into their shared tech expertise and entrepreneurial vision, they collaborated to find a solution - and Speak Music was the result.  It’s time to meet them along with the rest of our executive team!

Mark Anderson, CEO - Our day-to-day leader has been managing tech teams for 2 decades now, including a CEO role at HipLogic, an A-List VC backed company which was acquired by Zynga. Mark was then responsible for Ad Revenue for Zynga’s mobile games, Mark also held a VP/GM position at Ericsson and was instrumental in the early business models for Google/Android. He’s a highly skilled mobile business marketer who was also involved in Apple’s mobile technology licensing. Mark is a graduate of Duke  University’s Fuqua International Business

Zak Mandhro, CTO - Zak is a proven technologist and business leader. He led the Information Management Division at Deloitte and later moved on to help develop Google’s mobile ad technology platforms.  He proved his entrepreneurial abilities as Founder of Famiva, a social network for families which was acquired by eFamily where Zak built the platform. Zak is also Stanford Business School graduate.

Dean Summers, CRO - Dean’s a versatile product creator and business developer who’s held executive roles for consumer products giants, including VP of Product Development/Marketing at Monster Products and VP of Business Development for Mitsubishi Electronics.  He also brings valuable startup experience to the table, having founded Partstore Technologies (acquired by Best Buy) and Consumer Electronics Interactive.

Chad Aaron, Acting CFO - Chad is a seasoned financial executive and current Managing Member at Lighthouse Capital Partners.  He also holds a Board seat at Finish First Entertainment.  Formerly, he thrived in a President and CFO position at MasterImage 3D, a 3D systems technology provider.

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