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#2 Product of the WeekJune 29, 2016

Scale offers humans on-demand, outsourcing microtasks such as Image Annotation, Audio Transcription, OCR Transcription, Categorization, Comparison, or Data Collection.

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    The quality that you could get with scale is unbeatable, even with the advancement of AI, humans are still better at some tasks.

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Alexandr WangMakerHiring@alexandrw · Cofounder/CEO at Scale API
Hey everyone! I'm the co-founder of Scale along with @lucy_guo! Our goal with Scale is to empower the next generation of human-driven products. Right now, we support transcription, categorization, and phone calling in our API, and we plan to expand it as we see use cases. If you have any uses cases in your company or just as a developer, please email me at and I'm happy to chat. I'm also here to answer any questions you have :)
Xenia WordArt@xenyen7 · Copywriting|Content Inbound Marketing
@alexandrw @lucy_guo @scaleapi Interesting, Alexandr. Would like to know more about phone calling. Automated salesbots?
Lucy GuoMaker@lucy_guo · Prev Snapchat, Co-Founder of Scale
@xenyen7 @alexandrw Right now, our calls are great for simple tasks such as asking about holiday hours. Given a script, someone could potentially do sales.
Ashwin Kumar@shwinda · Working on Sway (
@alexandrw @lucy_guo @scaleapi Awesome concept guys! In terms of the workers performing the tasks, where do you guys hire them from?
Xenia WordArt@xenyen7 · Copywriting|Content Inbound Marketing
@lucy_guo @alexandrw Interesting applications there. Thanks
Ed Holloway@edholloway · AutomatedSky, MaidBooks, Field2Base
@lucy_guo @alexandrw - Would love to see a telesales / appointment setting API here.
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Such a good idea. There are a number of things we do manually that we might be able to outsource. I'll follow up with you, @alexandrw and @lucy_guo, but QQ: previously you were working on a completely different idea. Why pivot and how'd you come up with this?
Alexandr WangMakerHiring@alexandrw · Cofounder/CEO at Scale API
@rrhoover @lucy_guo Thanks Ryan! We came up this idea because we *really* wish something like this existed while we were building our last product. We were banging our heads against how to scale our old product (which relied a lot on manually booking appointments with doctors), and we knew we would've loved an API like Scale. It actually started as an API to power chatbots to something much more general (and we think more useful). In terms of why pivoting, we got really excited about this idea and wanted to run with it for a little and then deciding what to do. We only starting working on this a little over a week ago, but it really hit the ground running in terms of the amount of interest we got from other companies and developers.
Kevin Li@liveink · Co-Founder at Farmstead
Really great idea, having tried to use MTruk unsuccessfully for years, this is something I could definitely see myself using for any future project. Are there any interesting or surprising use cases that you have seen @alexandrw @lucy_guo?
Alexandr WangMakerHiring@alexandrw · Cofounder/CEO at Scale API
@liveink Something we didn't expect was how many companies needed this to integrate with older industries (government, travel, etc.) because they were so tech backwards (really reliant on telephone). We actually came up with the idea after our frustrations with how little of the healthcare industry was accessible via the internet!
Brandon FooHiring@foolywk · Co-founder @PolymailApp
An awesome idea built by an outstanding team -- congrats @lucy_guo and @alexandrw!!
Lucy GuoMaker@lucy_guo · Prev Snapchat, Co-Founder of Scale
@foolywk @alexandrw Thanks so much Brandon! Lots of love for you too :) <3
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Congrats @lucy_guo and @alexandrw ! what's the biggest thing you're looking to learn with launch and how are you testing it?
Lucy GuoMaker@lucy_guo · Prev Snapchat, Co-Founder of Scale
@eriktorenberg @alexandrw We want to see what human processes startups are relying on the most right now! This way, we can prioritize what are the next endpoints to build. We're currently giving 10 requests free and seeing how people are using the product and how our workers are responding to the requests. :)