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Ultimate Guide to Voice Assistants

Image credit — CNET: Kids try to stump Alexa

It will come as no surprise to those of you reading this (thanks!), that the interest and applications of ‘Voice-Assistants’ is growing rapidly. Amazon Alexa recently hit 10,000 skills and there is talk around what will drive adoption for the next 10,000. I won’t be diving into specifics and discussing issues like retention. That is not what this post is about.

There are lots of resources & tools, tons of cool products, frameworks, articles and people out there to help you learn about the landscape.

💫 Here are some that I find particularly useful 💫

This post is also on GitHub and open for suggestions, just submit a pull request
The 2017 Voice Report by VoiceLabs

🤔 How To Use This

📰 News: There is very little on the newsletter front focusing on Voice-Assistants. Matt Hartman does the best one IMO.

(I’m thinking of starting one too —if you’re interested, sign up below!)

🍜 Startups: Always interesting to see the companies operating in these spaces. They are broken down into different categories so you can easily jump into ‘Building’, ‘Products’, ‘Analytics’ etc. If you think there are some that need adding, tell me here.

🤑 Funding: This is just to outline some companies/funds that are very focused in the space right now. Again, if I’ve missed some worthwhile, tell me here.

👥 People & Posts: These are some of the awesome people I follow and have come across. I’ve linked them all, you should check them out. If I’ve missed some worthwhile, you know to tell me here.

Enjoy 😊!

🚀Also, I’ve added a little note about an experiment I’m working on at the end of this post. A community helping facilitate connections to;

- Get a skill made/make skills for people/companies
- Find investors active in the field
- Intros to other active enthusiasts
- Bounce ideas around with others
- Advice & mentorship from experienced individuals
- Resources and tools to help you build
- Discover interesting products and companies

📰 News

🗞 Newsletters

The Official Amazon Alexa Developer Newsletter

(General Google news + Google Home. Subscribe at bottom of page)

🖥 Websites/Sources

📜 General news in space (not Voice specific)

Messaging Weekly — curated by the Smooch team

Chatbots Weekly — Curated by Omar Pera and the Reply.ai team

🍜 Startups

🗣 Platforms

👔 Companies

Capito Systems

Cognitive Code — Silvia

Mindmeld

Nuance

Verbio

Raven Tech (Acq by Baidu)

Mobvoi

☁️ Cloud Services

Amazon Lex

Amazon Polly

Google Cloud Platform

Microsoft Cognitive Services

🛠 Build

- SDKs & Frameworks

Assist

Alexa Skills Kit

Pullstring

Conversable

Bespoken Tools

Api.ai for Google Assistant

Api.ai for Amazon Alexa

Kitt.ai

Sayspring

Houndify

Smartly.ai

Gomix

IFTTT

Mosaic

- Extras

This post by Brian Donohue is a great place to get started:

AlexaTutorial

How to Build your First Amazon Alexa Skill (eBook) by Rocket Insights

💼 Agencies

Xandra

Assist

Rain

Mobiquity

Matchbox

Solstice

SciFutures

VaynerMedia

Witlingo, Inc.

AKQA

Razorfish

Giant Spoon

Iconmobile

Newscycle Solutions

Blink

Mindshare

TribalScale

Volara

Vectorform

XAPPmedia, Inc.

Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation

UI Centric

Opearlo

VocaliD

Conversant Labs

Future of Voice

📈 Analytics

VoiceLabs.co

Opearlo Analytics

Witlingo, Inc

dashbot

Botanalytics

🎙 Products

Alexa Skills Store App on iOS and Android

Unofficial Alexa Skills Store

OK Google — list of commands that you can ask Google’s voice assistant

Finie

🤖 Hardware

Nucleus

Jam Voice

Ivee

Jibo

Whyd

Kuri

Lynx

Hello Egg

Triby IO

Petnet

TrackR

Musaic

Scout Alarm

Garageio

Toymail

ecobee

Luma

ring

Thalmic Labs

embodied

Owlet

Vesper

🤑 Fundraising

Alexa Fund

Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars

Lightspeed Ventures

Launch Capital

NextView Ventures

Betaworks — Get Support from the Alexa Team at Betaworks’ Voicecamp

💵 Alexa Fund (All the companies announced)

Sutro

invoxia

Petnet

Rachio

mojio

TrackR

Musaic

Scout Alarm

Garageio

Toymail

Dragon Innovation

Kitt.ai

ecobee

Luma

ring

Nucleus

Defined Crowd

Vesper

👥 People & Posts

M.G. Siegler — General Partner GV. On Twitter
Matt Hartman- partner at betaworks + runs Hearing Voices Newsletter. On Twitter
Sarah Guo— people-first investor Greylock Partners. On Twitter
Sarah Perez— Reporter at TechCrunch. On Twitter
Patrick Montague— vp at betaworks. On Twitter
Owen Williams— Freelance writer + developer. On Twitter
Shane Mac— CEO Assist. On Twitter
Hugh Durkin— Senior Product Manager, Intercom. On Twitter
Aaron Batalion— Partner, Lightspeed. On Twitter
Johna Paolino— UX / product design General Assembly. On Twitter
Adam Marchick— Trying to build a better company, every day @VoiceLabsCo and Kahuna.
Alexandre Linares— Co-Founder @VoiceLabsCo / EIR @ The Chernin Group. On Twitter
Oren Jacob— CEO and CoFounder, PullString. Prev, Pixar. On Twitter
Brian Roemmele — Founder + Editor at Multiplex. On Twitter
Chris Messina— Invented the hashtag; X Uber; Xoogler. On Twitter
Cathy Pearl— Director of User Experience @Sense_ly. Author of the O’Reilly book Designing Voice User Interfaces. On Twitter
Trip ODell— Strategically-oriented product design leader @Amazon. On Twitter
David Beisel— Co-founder & Partner at NextView Ventures. On Twitter
Nithya Thadani — CEO of Rain
Dave Balter—I’m an Innovation-Obsessed Founder at Mylestone. On Twitter
Jeremy Liew— Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. On Twitter
Dag Kittlaus— Co-Founder/CEO Siri & Viv Labs. On Twitter
Jan König — Co-founder of HashtagNow. On Twitter

🚀 I am working on an experiment- A community helping facilitate connections to;

- Get a skill made/make skills for people/companies
- Find investors active in the field
- Intros to other active enthusiasts
- Bounce ideas around with others
- Advice & mentorship from experienced individuals
- Resources and tools to help you build
- Discover interesting products and companies

👍 Please tap “♥︎” if you found this useful to help others see it too

👾 This post is also on GitHub and open for suggestions, just submit a pull request

👉 Feel free to follow and reach out on Twitter

🙏 Thanks to everyone who looked at this draft very early on! And perhaps I’ll see you all in the newsletter or Build Voices 😉

Side Note:

I have ‘borrowed’ this template from The Non-Technical Guide to Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence which is an awesome post & newsletter I use to learn about Machine Learning. Thanks Sam DeBrule 🙌

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