This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Podcast startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Podcast industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Podcast Startups
Meet Cute is a podcast company that focuses on romantic comedies. Meet Cute produces and distributes original romantic comedies in podcast form that focus on “providing the happiness and hope that have become synonymous with the timeless genre.
The company was launched in December 2019 and based in New York City, New York.. .
Podcastle converts text news and articles to a podcast, with very natural human speech using machine learning. With Podcastle, users can convert their favorite news and articles to podcasts for free.
Listen to the stories they love and do it efficiently with Podcastle’s text to speech converter.. .
Casted is the first content marketing solution built around B2B podcasting. Casted empowers marketers to harness the power of conversation not only for podcasting, but to also fuel their broader content strategies by providing greater access to that podcast content so it can be amplified across other sales and marketing channels and then attributed to the bottom line of the brand and business.
It was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.. .
Glow provides podcast creators the tools to establish direct relationships with their customers. Glow is the simplest solution for podcasters to allow their listeners to support them.
A listener can subscribe to a premium podcast, right from the podcast player of their choice. With a direct relationship, podcasters will be able to use Glow’s tools to grow their content, audience, and revenues..
Zvook is the first smart platform to match brands by unlocking the advertising opportunities in podcasting. Their recommendation engine is based on a proprietary knowledge graph that analyzes both the meta data of podcasts as well as the audio of episodes to suggests perfect podcast matches based on relevancy and alignment with the brand.
Their goal is to become a dominant player in the podcast monetization space.. .
Ride Home Media
Ride Home Media is a broadcast media company that utilizes an online platform that makes daily news podcast for busy people who want to stay updated. It focuses on publishing about daily briefing for technology industry decision-makers, influencers, and the daily roundup of celeb gossip and influencer news.
The company was founded in 2019 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.. .
RecTag is a podcast discovery platform that discovers new and trending podcasts episodes and personalizes podcast experience for free. The platform trains a speech-to-text algorithm through podcasting (crowdsourced supervised learning) and aims to provide a high-performance transcription SaaS at scale.
The AI enables content-based discovery beyond simple chart lists. RecTag uses elements of social networking so can connect to fans, that truly care about the hard work put into the content.
It also enables real content-based search and discovery, beyond podcast title and description. The platform gives all listeners and podcast enthusiasts the opportunity to discover stories and people based on the actual content.
RecTag was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.. .
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Our partners create exceptional and original podcasts.We create commercial opportunity.Together we create a new kind of audio business. Founded in London in 2020, Auddy publishes, markets and distributes the best in original podcast and audio shows globally and with a bespoke country-by-country approach.
Auddy offers unparalleled benefits to its creators, providing them with creative freedom, funding, marketing and promotional support while also utilizing the very best in analytics-driving technology. Auddy is the only podcast publisher to pay royalties and it makes sure that the creator is a true partner in this respect.
Auddy delivers rich listener data and meaningful insights to advertisers and creators. Auddy publishes high quality content with broad appeal to large audiences.
In the UK, this is validated by our choice of Global as our local co-marketing, distribution and hosting partner.. .
Vaarta – Where India Talks
Make your commute the best part of the day with daily news, audio stories, podcasts and personalized talk radio for every topic in your language. Vaarta is an app for downloading and listening to audio shows in your preferred regional language.
Vaarta currently offers shows in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and English.. .
Campside Media is a podcast company created to deliver big, tentpole shows by placing its bets squarely on storytellers. Campside Media will focus on narrative nonfiction storytelling in the fast-growing audio segment, developing projects that span the true crime, scandal, and adventure genres.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.. .
Plink makes smart links. Plink smart links route listeners into installed Podcast Apps after recognizing their device, geo, and OS.
Podcasts also have Plink Show Pages with Apps links for Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and more. Share links anywhere, promote any podcast with one, smart link..
MUJU (a.k.a Music Juggle) uses A.I. for music license rights enforcement and procurement.
In short, the company tracks media across the web to ensure licensed music is being used appropriately and not in content that does not reflect the values/wishes of the rights holders. Muju’s content analysis, license management, and ID system helps streaming video platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Triller and TikTok better enforce music rights.
For end-users we stop annoying and damaging demonetization and take-down notices by giving video platforms an API to quickly check against a database of active licensing deals and the associated terms.. .
BuildBubbles – Help content creators and small businesses repurpose their content and distributing them to a variety of platforms on autopilot. More people are blogging than ever.
But at the same time, more people today prefer to listen rather than read. So, we thought: What if bloggers could offer a way for people to listen to their content? Converting a written blog to a podcast involves what’s known as text-to-speech.
But text-to-speech alone cannot create podcasts that connect with people. Good podcasts need more than a voice to tell the story: They need music and rhythm to create an emotional impact.
That’s why we came up with BuildBubbles. It’s a web app that can help bloggers easily make awesome podcasts without a microphone or studio equipment.
Bloggers do not even need to know how to edit the podcast. BuildBubbles converts written blog posts into compelling podcasts with sound design! With BuildBubbles, your blog will stand out and you’ll reach a much wider audience.
As a content provider, you spend a lot of time creating interesting content. Make sure it reaches as many people as possible! BuildBubbles is easy and intuitive.
Maktub is a mobile phone app providing audiobooks and podcasts to niche languages that don’t have access to quality spoken-word entertainment. We launched Farsi language for immigrants in North America and Europe and are looking to expand to other languages too.
Our business model is an unlimited subscription with a flat fee and renting.. .
Ghost Island Media
Ghost Island Media is a podcasting venture based in Taipei, Taiwan. It builds podcasts with breakout voices and brands, in English and Mandarin.
It currently has five shows: 1. “Waste Not Why Not” (on the environment and sustainability / English).
Named a circular economy solution by SITRA. A media partner of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual conference 2020.
2. “Metalhead Politic” (co-produced with Taiwanese metal band CHTHONIC / English) 3.
“The Taiwan Take” (on Taiwan current affairs / English) 4. 「大麻煩不煩In the Weeds with Lawyer Zoe Lee」(on cannabis / Mandarin) 5.
“In Training” (an experimental storytelling podcast made by Ghost Island Media interns / English and Mandarin). .
First Brazilian hub for professional podcasts creation. Pod360 provides expertise in audio production, content, and digital agency leveraging data, to help publishers, producers, creators, and advertisers to navigate in the podcasts ecosystem.
With a 360 degrees approach, offering from infrastructure and studio setup to strategy development and distribution in streaming platforms.. .
Code Story brings you in-depth interviews with founders, CTOs and tech decision-makers, digging deep into the vision and critical moments of the people putting it all on the line in the name of a great idea. Hosted by tech entrepreneur Noah Labhart, Code Story is a periodic window into the startup world.
In their own words, veterans share what it feels like to disrupt an industry, how to recover from critical mistakes, and what it takes to build – and lead – a team that has your back.. .
Hello and Welcome to Mysticadii. We are glad to see that you have taken the time to stop by and know more about us.
Mysticadii is a brainchild of our founder Aditi Das. Being spiritually inclined she wanted to share the same with the whole world.
We aim to bring back the magical stories about Gods and Goddesses of this world for our modern mystics. Anyone who is seeking for spiritual contentment and is curious to know more about the knowledge and wisdom shared through our ancient scriptures and texts, Mysticadii is the right place for him/her.
We aim to empower our modern mystics by sharing ancient wisdom through several short stories and folklore. Mystics from across the world have time and again showed us a very different reality and their perception of this world.
Several ancient scriptures and texts have been written to provide ideological guidance to humans. However, most of the knowledge has been lost somewhere.
Considering modern times people hardly get time to go through these elaborate scripts. These scriptures are nothing less than a fortune hidden in some ancient cave.
Stigma is the number 1 reason why people do not get help when they struggle with mental health issues, or addiction. A lot of people who need help, never get help.
When we share our stories and experiences, a virtuous cycle begins. Others are encouraged to share their stories, and eventually, people hear these messages and feel comfortable asking for help.
On this podcast, we will talk with entrepreneurs, leaders, founders, investors, doctors, and top performers about how mental health has impacted their lives. We will learn from their experiences and listen when they tell us how they proactively manage their mental well-being.
We believe that by encouraging increased conversation, we are fighting against stigma and encouraging others to not only share, but seek help when they need it.. .
PodRoom is a social media platform that provides chatrooms for the podcast communities. It allows the users to upload video podcasts and listeners can stream video podcasts.
The company was founded in 2019 and is based in San Francisco, California.. .
TalkRL Podcast : The Reinforcement Learning Podcast
TalkRL Podcast is all Reinforcement Learning, all the time. In-depth interviews with brilliant people at the forefront of RL research and practice.
With guests from leading orgs like MILA, MIT, DeepMind, Google Brain, CMU, Brown, Caltech, and more.. .