Episode 174: Sam Liang - CEO & Co-Founder, Otter.ai


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This episode must have been fate. I subscribe to an email newsletter about podcasting from PodReacher and they had recommended Otter for transcriptions. I had been looking for a way to include a transcript for each podcast episode on VentureFizz, but I wanted something that was accurate and cost-effective. No, this is not a commercial for Otter, but I tested out the product and was blown away by its accuracy. If you go to our recent podcast episode, you’ll now see a full transcript available, which is powered by Otter. Anyway, a few weeks later after becoming a fan of Otter, I heard from their PR firm about having Sam as a guest on our podcast. When I took a deeper dive into his background, things just got even more interesting. Sam started and led Google location server, which powered the blue dot feature on Google Mobile Map in 2006 - 2010. After Google, he launched a successful startup that was acquired and now with Otter, he has a very big vision in how their platform might even change our lives. In this episode of our podcast, we cover: * Sam’s background including his PhD studies at Stanford under famed professor, David Cheriton. * The story of his involvement in creating Google Maps and the blue dot. * The details on Sam’s previous company, Alohar, and the acquisition by Alibaba. * A deep dive into Otter in terms of its many use cases, plus the complexity of their platform and its use of AI & deep learning. * What the future might look like if you could document and search all of your conversations. * And so much more. If you like the show, please remember to subscribe and review us on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.

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