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July 29, 2015 5:48 AM ET

Software

Company Overview of SoundHound Inc.

Company Overview

SoundHound Inc. provides sound search technology solutions. It offers Hound, a voice-enabled search engine that provides information, entertainment, and communication services; and SoundHound, a music search and discovery solution that identifies songs, plays music and lyrics, and allows users to share music and entertainment content. The company also provides Houndify, a solution that understands text and voice input; provides speech recognition and speech-to-meaning solutions, including natural language understanding solutions; supports context and follow-up queries; and understands complex and compound queries. SoundHound Inc. was formerly known as Melodis Corporation and changed its name...

3979 Freedom Circle

Suite 400

Santa Clara, CA 95054

United States

Founded in 2005

Phone:

408-441-3200

Key Executives for SoundHound Inc.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director
Co-Founder, Vice President of Products, and Director
Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering
Vice President of Information Technology and Operations
Vice President of Sales & Marketing and General Manager
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

SoundHound Inc. Key Developments

SoundHound Inc. Introduces Hound, Unprecedented Speech Recognition + Natural Language Understanding and Houndify Developer Platform

SoundHound Inc. announced the launch of Hound. Hound is a mobile voice interface, downloadable as an app, which gives users the ability to speak naturally and get deep results to what they ask for, such as looking up the weather, placing a phone call, sending a text message, finding a hotel that matches their detailed criteria, navigating to an address, finding their flight status, checking the stock market, searching and playing music, and even playing interactive games. While older voice services use word and phrase detection to generate search results, Hound combines voice recognition and natural language understanding in real-time to deliver the fast and most accurate results seen on a mobile voice service to-date. Hound is now in private beta for Android, with a launch on iOS coming soon. Three specific technology underpinnings make Hound unique: A brand new technology that combines speech recognition and natural language understanding simultaneously and in real-time. Compared to traditional approaches that perform speech recognition first, then send the result to a search or understanding engine, Hound’s Speech-to-Meaning engine delivers unprecedented speed and accuracy. The ability to handle complex, natural language sentences, including compound criteria, exclusions and negation. This empowers users to speak more naturally, and be more detailed and specific, versus speaking in key-word fragments. The ability to evolve more rapidly through SoundHound Inc.’s new developer platform, Houndif. This allows rapid development cycles, inclusion of new domains, and the ability to scale faster than traditional voice technology solutions. In turn, users will be able to Hound even more topics, experience interactive information search, and even play voice-enabled games. Hound can become second-nature to those seeking reliable, accurate and quick search results, and doing assistant-like tasks such as navigating, sending email and text messages, and setting an alarm or a timer. Hound is not a personality, but instead a verb that enables a swift and intuitive interface alternative to typing, tapping and swiping. Hound will launch with an arsenal of 'domains,' with general web search considered one domain. Others include everyday use-case tasks or searches such as: navigation, local search, weather, stocks, hotels, time zones, geography, news, photo and video search, mortgage calculation, currency conversion, flight status, and many more. With the vision to enable other apps, connected devices, and, ultimately, the Internet of Things, SoundHound Inc. also introduced Houndify, a developer platform to create a smart, voice-enabled, conversational interface to anything. The Houndify platform is simple for developers to use and enables them to leverage SoundHound Inc.’s Speech-to-Meaning technology and deploy their experiences across all major platforms. This means that innovators across major industries such as automotive, retail, quick-serve restaurants, consumer electronics, entertainment, finance, and medical devices, as well as individual developers who build mobile apps, can leverage the technology behind Hound. Once integrated with the voice interface capability, their respective product, service or experience becomes Houndified.

SoundHound Inc. Announces Music Product

SoundHound Inc. announced its music product, SoundHound + LiveLyrics®. The SoundHound app, which has been downloaded by more than 250 million mobile device users, allows Apple Watch users to initiate music recognition with one tap on the Watch. See LiveLyrics® immediately display and scroll in-synch with the music, on the Watch display and simultaneously on the user’s iPhone. View collected songs by scrolling on the song history list, likewise synched with the user’s iPhone and iPad. SoundHound joins a select group of high-profile apps launching with Apple Watch, including Nike+Running, The New York Times, Instagram, Twitter, and Open Table.

SoundHound Inc. Opens Boston Office; Announces Executive Appointments

SoundHound Inc. announced the expansion of its sales and marketing team, including the opening of a Boston-based office. The new ad sales team hires include: Bryce Weitzel, director, ad solutions & integrated marketing; Gabrielle Mayer, director, client services; and Mary Ellen McKenna, senior account executive. McKenna also will head up the Boston office.

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