Episode 253: Incredible Technologies
Speech synthesis expert Dr. Matthew Aylett founded CereProc (Cerebral Processing), believing that speech technology could benefit from recent advances in speech synthesis. CereProc develops text-to-speech technologies and has garnered press from its latest client, Roger Ebert. Our flashback interviewee is the brilliant Matthew Nordan of early-stage venture capital fund Venrock.
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Speech synthesis expert Dr. Matthew Aylett founded CereProc (Cerebral Processing), believing that speech technology could benefit from recent advances in speech synthesis. He was right. CereProc specializes in text-to-speech technologies and, since receiving a grant from the Scottish Government, has experienced double- and triple-digit year-on-year growth. Aylett believes that in today’s environment, producing speech synthesis is not merely a science, but that it is dynamic and is an art. This may sound like a technology story, but it is also a story of compassion.
Russ visits with Matthew Nordan, a vice president at early-stage venture capital fund Venrock. Venrock was founded in the 1930s as the venture investing arm of the Rockefeller family and today seeks young companies with game-changing technology. It’s all about use of resources and what we do with matter, he says, and waxes philosophical about what’s REALLY important. Nordan has a fascinating perspective on nanotechnology, the economy and where we’re headed.
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