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My @TechZulu Live Interview #TZLive #Startups #Entrepreneur

by Ryan on July 23, 2010

Yesterday I was a guest on TechZulu Live, an up an coming technology news show that tapes live every week from the new TechZulu studio in LA.  You can watch the full interview in the videos below.  It begins with a recap of the weeks tech news and goes on to cover a number of topics including Audioo, the public sharing of voicemails and prank calls, entrepreneurship, startups, and more.

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We Gave Birth to Our 2nd Child Yesterday in Front of 1,700 People – Watch the Video

by Ryan on May 25, 2010

Yesterday we gave birth to our second child, Audioo (pronounced AWW-DEE-YOU) exactly two years to the day from the birth of our first child, AudioMicro, who was born on May 24, 2008 out of a two bedroom apartment in Sherman Oaks, CA.  This delivery of this glorious new child ( was a little different from that of our first born (, in the sense that the entire delivery process went down live on stage in front of a crowd of over 1,700 people including The Jerky Boys, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York. Watch the live launch here…

The short story here is that AudioMicro, Inc. has acquired Manhattan Beach based and relaunched it as a social destination for the public sharing of voicemails.  Think of Audioo as “Blippy for Voicemail”.  If you are not familiar with Blippy, it’s the darling of Silicon Valley and place for people to publicly share their credit card transactions.  If the public sharing of credit card transactions can get a $46.2 million post money valuation, then the public sharing of voicemail can be an even bigger business!  In fact, I’m willing to bet that there is more interesting and entertaining information in voicemail, than there is in both credit card transactions and tweets.  Have I lost my mind?  Maybe…I guess we’ll find out in due time.

I’m pasting a copy of the press release below and I encourage you to watch the Audioo live launch video above and leave your comments below.  To anyone reading this, thanks so much for your support.

I wonder what we’ll name our next child?  Got any suggestions?


AudioMicro Acquires Audioo, Launches Outrageous New Voicemail Sharing Service

New Service Provides Hilarious Way to Hear and See What People Are Saying in Voicemail

NEW YORK, TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT, May 24, 2010 – AudioMicro, which offers the world’s largest collection of user-generated royalty free music and sound effects, announced today it has acquired Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Audioo (pronounced AWW-DEE-YOU) and has relaunched the site as an outrageous new voicemail sharing service that enables people to search, browse, and listen-in on other people’s voicemails.  The service—now live—publishes users’ voicemails with transcriptions to the Audioo website and to users’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.  The new Audioo was selected to participate in the “Startup Battlefield” at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, being held May 24-26 in New York.  To register for a free Audioo account, visit

Audioo is hosting a contest, “Jerkin’ with The Jerky Boys.”  All voicemails submitted to Audioo through June 30 will be judged by Johnny Brennan, creator of The Jerky Boys duo and best known for his prank phone calls and other comedic skits.  The winner of the funniest voicemail submitted during the contest period will win an Apple iPad.  More information about the contest is available at

“Audioo users are already sharing every conceivable type of voicemail, including drunk-dial calls, the ramblings of crazy ex-girlfriends and boyfriends, and much more,” said Ryan Born, chief executive officer, AudioMicro and Audioo.  “The service has only been up a short while, but some of the voicemails already posted are just insane.”

The Audioo site enables visitors to browse and listen to voicemails by area code, sort voicemails by category, including “Drunk,” “Funny,” and  “Sexy,” and share voicemails with others via Twitter and Facebook.  Users who submit a voicemail to Audioo receive text transcriptions of uploaded messages.  Audioo is ad-supported, free, and open to all major wireless carriers.  Users can submit messages through a variety of methods: Google Voice subscribers can upload directly through a Mozilla Firefox add-on, or users can upload voicemails to the Audioo site, email an audio file to Audioo, forward messages from a handset, record a voicemail through a computer’s microphone, or leave a message at 1-405-4-AUDIOO.

AudioMicro will operate Audioo as a separate division, and the entire development team will remain with the company.  Audioo President Yuri Baranov will assume the role of chief operating officer for both Audioo and AudioMicro.  Audioo founder Ben Padnos will remain a company advisor.

About Audioo

Audioo is “Blippy for Voicemail.”  The company is building the largest searchable archive of transcribed voice recordings, including localized real-time streams and trending topics.  The Audioo platform allows users to auto-stream, publicly share, and store voicemails from handsets and services, including Google Voice.  Audioo has teamed with The Jerky Boys on an iPad giveaway contest dubbed “Jerkin’ with The Jerky Boys” – submit your voicemails, win a freakin’ iPad!  To submit, call 1-405-4-AUDIOO (1-405-428-3466) or visit

About AudioMicro

An industry pioneer in licensing music and sound effects through credit-based and subscription packages, AudioMicro offers a discovery and distribution platform for stock audio content.  Its collection of stock music, sound effects, free sound effects, and ringtones includes over 300,000 tracks of both crowd-sourced and premium, record- label-owned content.  AudioMicro also operates the Audioo voicemail sharing service.  The company is venture-backed by DFJ Frontier.  For more information, visit

About TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt (, May 24-26 2010, at 570 Washington Street, is TechCrunch’s inaugural conference in New York attracting over 1,500 leading technology innovators and investors and over 150 new startups.  The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches.  Morning executive discussions debate the most timely disruptions in media, advertising and technology.  Afternoons host the Startup Battlefield where 25 new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 500 applications received from around the world.  Another 100 early-stage startups will exhibit in Startup Alley.  TechCrunch will award a $50,000 grand prize along with other award recognitions at the conclusion of the conference.

About TechCrunch

TechCrunch ( is a leading technology media network, dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. Founded in 2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites reach over 8 million unique visitors and more than 25 million page views per month.  TechCrunch operates a global network of websites including dedicated properties in Europe and Japan as well as specialized industry websites including MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, and TechCrunchIT.  TechCrunch’s CrunchBase, is the leading, open database about start-up companies, people and investors.  In addition to Disrupt, TechCrunch hosts other conferences and events, including The Crunchies Awards and various meet-ups worldwide serving as community platforms for industry conversation and collaboration.


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Kill You Home Phone Without Going Strictly Cellular or Magic Jack

by Ryan on March 2, 2010

How to reduce home phone bill

I still see the need for land lines – they are superior in terms of quality and far better for actually having a conversation where both parties can hear one another and for folks with home offices and long distance relatives, call quality can be important and using a cell phone exclusively is not an option for many. Land lines are also a little better for your health than mobile phones (or so we think).

But now, it’s time to kill the ridiculous home phone bill without losing the home phone quality.  I’ve been thinking about eliminating my home phone bill for 3 years now and this past weekend was the time when I finally did it.  Even on Time Warner’s All the Best Package with cable, internet and phone service bundles, you still end up spending $20 a month on a home phone, or $240 per year.  Chances are that you already use a digital phone service from your cable provider.  If you don’t, then your already wasting an additional $300 a year on an analoge line and taking the steps in this post will then save you over $540 a year.  Read on to learn how.

If you have a wireless router in your home, you are already half way to killing your home phone.  You just need to take one final step to eliminate your home phone bill forever, without sacrificing the land line quality you are so accustomed to.

The final, bold step is to get a Skype number ($2.99 per month or $36 per year ) and a Skype landline phone.  These physical Skype phones run for about $170 (free shipping included) for a nice one and they do not require a computer to function, just a live wireless connection and a router with an available Ethernet port.  So now you’re out just $206 for a your first year of Skype home phone loving and just $36 per year thereafter.   Compare that to $240 per year for the cheapest home phone service you can find (Even Vonage is $15 per month or $180 per year – Ugh!).  Sure – once every 5 years you’ll probably need a new physical Skype phone but that’s not too bad considering you’ll have saved yourself around $1K over that 5 year term.

The final trick is to get a Google Voice number and make it forward to your Skype phone.  Give our your Google Voice phone number as your home number for life and you’ll never have to switch home phone numbers again – ever – not even if you move out of the country!  With Google Voice, you even get free voice mail and voice mail transcriptions.   The hilarious Google voice mail transcriptions are worth the switch alone.

After you’ve made the move, feel free to dig a hole in your backyard and bury your old home phone there.  Or, you can save a little more money and drop it off at your local Salvation Army for the charitable tax donation, just be sure to get a receipt.