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July 12th, 2024
Clean up your messy audio in seconds with this tool from ElevenLabs

Audio is one of the more overlooked aspects of content creation. You can spend hours setting up the perfect shot, tinkering with the lighting, angles, and bokeh, but all that can be ruined if you don’t consider background noise. Who wants to hear the honks of traffic while watching an interview? 

ElevenLabs, the text-to-speech AI platform that raised $80 million from A16Z, Sequoia, and others, just announced its newest tool, Voice Isolater. This tool can seemingly take even the noisiest videos, remove the background noise, and leave your dialogue sounding crystal clear. 

Say you just recorded a podcast episode for YouTube, but halfway through, a fire engine speeds down the road, blaring its sirens. With the Voice Isolator tool, you can drag and drop that clip into the studio, and your audio gets cleaned up with the press of a button. 

You can see for yourself by watching the demo. During it, a member of the team records audio while a leafblower goes off. With the press of a button, the leafblower is automatically muted, and you can hear the dialogue fairly clearly. 

Alongside the user-facing platform, the team also announced an accompanying API for developers to build their platforms using the Audio Isolation technology. Once implemented, you can integrate the same AI-powered audio clean-up technology into your product.

If you want to give it a shot, it seems pretty easy to implement. In the launch demo, a team member uses Claude and Replit to quickly whip up a mock app that uses the API to clean up any YouTube video’s audio just by pasting the URL.

July 11th, 2024
This tool raised $22M from YC’s Garry Tan to automate your company’s finances

Managing your company’s finances is one of the hardest parts of being a startup founder. When you boil it down, everything comes back to the bottom line. You need to ensure there's adequate runway to meet any challenges, pay employees, invest in R&D, and pay for equipment. That’s just a start. 

Needless to say, being on top of finances is key, and there are tools to help. Runway Financial is one of them. The team recently raised $22.75 million from Garry Tan and Initialized Capital before CEO Siqi Chen made the platform live to the general public. 

Runway’s platform is marketed as a “modern, user-friendly interface for financial modeling, headcount planning, departmental budgeting, and more.” It can connect to over 650 business tools, including all the platforms you might use for things like accounting, human resources, customer relationship management, etc. 

By doing this it automatically ensures that all of your important documents, such as financial documents, are up to date, so you don’t have to waste time looking for a contract you need to reference.

Unsurprisingly, it comes with a heavy dose of AI. It ships with “Ambient Intelligence,” a suite of AI features that live in the background designed to help teams dig deep into their finances for insights and automate workflows—all without needing to be prompted. 

Alongside some of the more hidden AI features, Runway Financial also ships with a generative AI assistant aptly named ‘Runway Copilot,’ which can help users generate and model any kind of financial scenario. All you have to do is type a prompt, and the copilot will pull in data from the relevant connected tools and use it to generate a business plan and projection. 

More launch stories
July 8th, 2024

Writebook is a platform for creating and publishing web-based books by 37signals — the team that also built Basecamp and Hey, co-founded by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Writebook is a downloadable software you can self-host, giving authors the power of ownership. Read more.

Suno is an AI-powered music app that secured $125 million in funding for its text-to-song method of generating entire tracks. It launched its new iOS app. You might have also seen its name around because Suno is being sued by music labels for copyright infringement. Read more.

next play is a new community network from Ben Lang, who’s known for helping lead Notion’s community growth from its early days. The next play community helps support people in finding their next role through introductions to startups, gatherings, and newsletter content.

Voice Isolator is another launch from AI company ElevenLabs that removes unwanted background noise and produces clear dialogue for audio clips and videos. You can see if it is as impressive as the demo is here.

Google launched Gemma 2. The lightweight models (9B and 27B) are being pitched to developers who want to incorporate AI into their apps or smart devices. Gemma 2 massively improves its performance on math-based questions, creative writing, cognitive reasoning, and more. Read more.

More Launch Stories
July 1st, 2024

Anthropic launched its latest model, Claude 3.5 Sonnet. The launch follows a whopping $2.75 billion fundraise from Amazon earlier this year. Sonnet 3.5 matches and beats GPT-4o and Google’s Gemini across various tasks. Read more.

Intercom launched a new Copilot called FinAI. It can pull up answers to customer questions using your company’s knowledge base and previous history from your conversations with the customer, and references sources to its answers. Read more.

Figma’s Config conference came with several launches, including new AI features and an all-new product, Figma Slides. CEO Dylan Field says the goal isn’t to kill PowerPoint, but to offer a product for designers already using Figma — a pretty sizeable audience. Read more.

Notion launched Notion Sites, which adds more features for those who use Notion to externally publish their pages. Features include design customization (like favicons), custom domains, and SEO options. The launch steers clear of pivoting into a full-blown site builder. Read more.

Sherloq, a YC-backed startup, is a collaborative AI repository for SQL users. It gathers all your ad-hoc SQL queries into one place for easy retrieval. With the AI SQL repo plug-in, you can collaboratively manage, save, and share your SQL code, without leaving your IDE.

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