XAPPmedia today announced that Curt Kolcun and Doug Wagoner have joined the company’s advisory board to help grow its public sector business. Mr. Kolcun served over 27 years at Microsoft -- the last 9 as VP U.S. Public Sector where he oversaw multi-billion dollars in sales growth. Mr. Wagoner served 10 years at SAIC – the last 4 as Sector President where he was responsible for SAIC's delivery of services and solutions across all global markets for an organization consisting of 13,500 engineers, technologists and specialists located worldwide.
XAPPmedia, the leader in interactive voice engagement for brands and media, today announced that Kirk Owen has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Owen most recently served as a senior business development manager for Amazon on the Alexa team. While at Amazon, Kirk worked with developers to bring Alexa skills to market for gaming, finance, retail, and media. Prior to Amazon, Owen served as General Manager of TotalCast for Capitol Broadcasting Company, served as CEO of Zenph, was an Executive Producer for The Walt Disney Company’s gaming division Playdom, and was co-founder and CEO of Merscom. He earned an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Duke University.
The biggest technology story of 2017 was clearly the rapid rise in smart speaker adoption and proliferation of voice assistant access into everyday appliances. XAPP quickly recognized the importance of this shift in consumer technology adoption for media organizations and brands. In 2016, we began optimizing our interactive voice platform, One Voice AI, to enable companies to quickly establish a presence on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana individually and simultaneously.
If you are in New York City this week, swing by NAB Show New York at the Javits Convention Center to meet Pat Higbie, CEO and co-founder of XAPPmedia. Pat was invited to host a roundtable discussion on Voice Activated Media and will be speaking at the Focus FWD Keynote Stage from 12:15 – 1:00 pm Wednesday.
XAPPmedia today announced Voice Radio, a self-service solution for radio stations looking to quickly launch a custom Amazon Alexa skill. Voice Radio is built on XAPP’s Voice Media SaaS offering for operating interactive voice apps for media across voice assistant platforms such as Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana.
To help the broadcasters understand the impact of smart speakers will have on the radio industry, we compiled data from several recent studies related to voice assistants and smart speakers in a new paper, the Amazon Alexa Radio Report. The goal is to break through the hype we see in news headlines each day and take a data-driven look at the trends and how they will impact radio.
When Federated Media and XAPP launched the B100 Alexa skill, it became the first instance in which Alexa could find a radio station by its brand name through voice commands, rather than its FCC-assigned station name. A recent article in Radio World highlights this key feature.
We fully expect more companies will eventually be acknowledged by all the three voice assistant leaders. However, today XAPP stands alone as a voice assistant developer recognized by Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Those relationships will only extend our ability to stay ahead of the market and bring that advantage to our customers.