Anchor

Record bite-sized podcasts that anyone can join ⚓

#1 Product of the WeekFebruary 09, 2016
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Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
Ahoy, Product Hunters! Mike from Anchor, here. You can listen to this comment: https://anchor.fm/w/98abdd My co-founder Nir and I have always been big fans of talk radio and podcasts, but we’ve found it difficult to record and share our own voices. We also think that radio should be multi-directional, instead of a one-way conversation. So, we built Anchor to solve these problems and enable anyone with a smartphone to easily record and publish 2-minute audio clips, sort of like bite-sized podcasts. Best of all, audio in Anchor is interactive -- so anyone can respond with their actual voice, like a real conversation. This sparks an immediate group discussion that anyone can join. Here’s an example: https://anchor.fm/w/98a765 It’s like starting an interactive radio show right from your phone. Given that the PH community is into product design, I thought I’d also share our product philosophy with all of you. We call it “audio-first”, and it’s kind of like when the web went mobile-first. We believe audio products should be built more for your ears and your voice, and less for your eyes and your fingers. To that end, Anchor has elements of audio cues, narration, transition music bumpers, the ability to listen with your phone closed/in your pocket, etc. Recording works by holding the phone up to your ear, just like talking on the telephone. And when the product becomes more mature, we hope to even have voice recognition and voice commands, too. Ask me anything here on PH... or on Anchor with your voice! -- We're also doing some fun AMAs on Anchor right now. Here's one with @Borthwick, ask him anything about pre-seed investments: https://anchor.fm/w/98b640
Kevin William DavidHiring@kwdinc · Community @Siftery. No 1 Hunter on PH🥇
@mignano Have been using similar apps like Zcast and Unmute. Live audio calls or podcasts is an interesting alternative to live video streaming apps like Periscope or Blab app. Its less friction to join a audio podcast than video, more like a natural way of how we communicate with others using phone calls. Last year was all about Live Video, this year could be the year of Live Audio :). Good to see more apps in this space, definitely an interesting space. Just downloaded the app. Love the onboarding flow, great way to explain how the app works. I skipped twitter login by mistake during onboarding and could not slide up the screen. Had to slide down and signup using email. Was that an intentional flow ? Just did my first wave :) What the best way to reach you for feedback ?
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@kwdinc Thanks for the kind words, Kevin! We currently don't support going backwards in onboarding - but we've actually gotten the same feedback from others lately, so we'll probably make a change to support that soon. The best way to reach us for feedback is to record in Anchor using the #feedback hashtag. We listen to every single wave, so we'll definitely reply to you there :) Thanks again!
Kevin William DavidHiring@kwdinc · Community @Siftery. No 1 Hunter on PH🥇
@mignano Sure will do :)
Phillip Yang@geekyyang
@mignano congrats on the launch Mike! Although I've only been using anchor for a few days, I really love the platform and concept. Going to try and be a power anchor user 👍
Alex Lukianov@ligoalexandr · LigoDrive
@kwdinc @mignano Completely agree with Kevin, it could be the year of Live Audio. By the way, I think that this is the future of radio stations because in order to hold an audience they should interact with people more actively. And this kind of technology is the only way to do that. P.S. Guys, thanks for what you're doing! Keep it up!
Borja Rojano@tapefinder · Founder at TapeWrite
I have mixed feelings about this product. On one hand, it is the best darn thing I have seen in the post-podcast space period. On the other hand, as I am building something in the same space (I'll avoid the shameless plug here) I thought "shoot, these guys got it RIGHT". I can only say: respect. This is a brilliant, brilliant concept really well executed. May you have a lot of success. I will definitely be using Anchor.
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@tapefinder Borja - thank you so much for the encouraging words. But please don't be discouraged! It's going to take a lot of great products by a lot of different people with unique and interesting perspectives to really shine the spotlight on audio that it deserves. I'm really looking forward to trying your product when it's ready 😄
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner, The Upstarters
@mignano @tapefinder Love it when Founders are supportive of others in the space. Reminds me of @benrbn's reply to someone on the launch of Meerkat:
Borja Rojano@tapefinder · Founder at TapeWrite
@bentossell @mignano @benrbn Well, what can I say when someone has a home run? (is "have" the right verb? Sorry I am not a native speaker). Our approach is different, targets people already producing audio so it is not the same. I am not discouraged, just humbled and completely in awe. You just effing nailed it. I can see podcasts being transformed in a series of consecutive waves that people can respond to. I see the potential in inserting wave ads. Damn, can I invest in this? I mean it.
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
@bentossell I was just gonna say that. You beat me to it. Good luck to both @tapefinder and @mignano 💯🙌🏻
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
@bentossell @mignano @tapefinder @benrbn I agree with the above comments. The great thing about spaces like this (content creation and consumption) is that they are going through explosive growth right now, and expanding to include new niches every day. Music, video and publishing are similar; there is ample space for multiple products/services, and certainly enough room to figure out how to differentiate yourself amongst other players. And yes, agree with Ben, love it when people in the same or similar spaces are supportive of one another. Helps build a broader communal dynamic, and leads to more opportunities for both parties in the long run.
Ⓜatt hartmanHunter@matthartman · partner @betaworks
One of the subtle features of anchor is that it's asynchronous, so the conversations have the ability to grow over time. Kind of reminds me of Medium. Look forward to talking with you all.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner, The Upstarters
I've been a beta tester for Anchor for a few months now... it feels like the Twitter of audio... There are some awesome people on there and interesting topics discussed. I've had collaborative conversations about the rules around reclining your seat on an airline, to feedback on @matthartman's new podcast and also feedback on Anchor, on Anchor! This whole collaborative audio/podcasting space is a really interesting one and I think it has some legs for sure. I love the interface of the app and recommend checking it out! I am still more of a lurker (as I seem to be on many platforms, Snapchat etc) but enjoying listening to peoples waves :) @mignano & @nirzicherman can tell you more! Here is their Introduction to Anchor post on Medium! Oh I'm @bentossell on Anchor too (obvs)
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
@bentossell @matthartman @mignano @nirzicherman @anchorfm I agree with Ben here, and feel likes there's huge opportunity in this space. Reading Anchor's Medium article from this morning, I seized upon 2 words: radio democratization. As I laid out in this tweet thread w/ @hunterwalk, content democratization is the emerging trend in written content and music, and so too I believe in radio and/or podcasting: https://twitter.com/adammarx13/s... The brilliance in a service like this is not relegated solely to the engineering of the app (which seems well done), but is underscored by the service's high priority of community engagement. In the end, it's the communal feel of the service that will attract and retain users. That is the nature of democratized content services. Inasmuch as I see conversations focusing on the interface and technical aspects of the app, I'm more interested in keeping note of the discussions which form around the building of communities within the service. I think the most intriguing things we're going to see from apps like Anchor and others are going to be how they disseminate power in a way which does away with the need for "mainstream appeal." In appealing to each user on their own level (democratization of power and content), Anchor and others have the opportunity to carve out unique niches for themselves in which they exist as their own destinations for the creation and consumption of art (in this case, short radio podcasts). The lasting winning factor in this is that art is art, its nature is to be shared and engaged with. The Anchor team have focused on a concept which many of us in art-related industries now view as a massively expanding universe of content and opportunity.
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@adammarx13 Adam - @nirzicherman and I are truly grateful for your thoughtful words and feedback. We hope you're enjoying Anchor, and we look forward to talking to you on the platform!
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
@mignano @nirzicherman Using it now, really intrigued! Let's chat on anchor, I'm seeing lots of opportunities. ;D
Tobi Rohmann@toomaime · Founder Teacherjobs.io
Just made my #firstwave on @anchor. Really love the UI and I totally agree with @bentossell: it feels like the Twitter of audio.