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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Liang. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Liang, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Liang. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Liang, often where they are interviewed.

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June 2020 - Q and A with Sam Liang

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Sam Liang answers questions listeners and clients have sent in over the last few months. Find out how Sam and the team at Rubino & Liang have been helping people develop plans for retirement on this week's Just Don't Lose the Money podcast.

Jun 01 2020 · 50mins
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Episode 174: Sam Liang - CEO & Co-Founder, Otter.ai

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This episode must have been fate. I subscribe to an email newsletter about podcasting from PodReacher and they had recommended Otter for transcriptions. I had been looking for a way to include a transcript for each podcast episode on VentureFizz, but I wanted something that was accurate and cost-effective. No, this is not a commercial for Otter, but I tested out the product and was blown away by its accuracy. If you go to our recent podcast episode, you’ll now see a full transcript available, which is powered by Otter.

Anyway, a few weeks later after becoming a fan of Otter, I heard from their PR firm about having Sam as a guest on our podcast. When I took a deeper dive into his background, things just got even more interesting.

Sam started and led Google location server, which powered the blue dot feature on Google Mobile Map in 2006 - 2010. After Google, he launched a successful startup that was acquired and now with Otter, he has a very big vision in how their platform might even change our lives.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

* Sam’s background including his PhD studies at Stanford under famed professor, David Cheriton.
* The story of his involvement in creating Google Maps and the blue dot.
* The details on Sam’s previous company, Alohar, and the acquisition by Alibaba.
* A deep dive into Otter in terms of its many use cases, plus the complexity of their platform and its use of AI & deep learning.
* What the future might look like if you could document and search all of your conversations.
* And so much more.

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May 18 2020 · 50mins

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013 Using AI and Machine Learning to Transcribe the world with Otter CEO Sam Liang

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On today’s show, we interview Sam Liang, the Founder and CEO of Otter.ai, a highly disruptive collaboration and productivity tool. Otter.ai has won many of the most prestigious awards in tech given by companies such as Google, FastCompany, PcMag, and more. Before founding his startup, Sam worked at Google where he led the location-based services unit, and won an award for the “Bluedot Mobile Location System.” Sam received a PhD at Stanford for Internet Distributed Systems, working under the professor who is known for being the first investor in Google.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How big of a market there is for a program for translating and storing conversations
  • How Otter works and how it continually keeps improving using Artificial Intelligence
  •  What the next few years looks like for use of data and how programs will get more and more accurate in time
  •  How a translation tool will revolutionize what we know about ourselves

We would like to give a special thanks to Rick Quan who made the introduction to the Sam Liang, which allowed this amazing interview to happen.

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Apr 23 2020 · 31mins
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SV013: Transcribing the World through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Sam Liang

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On today’s show, we interview Sam Liang, the Founder and CEO of Otter.ai, a highly disruptive collaboration and productivity tool. Otter.ai has won many of the most prestigious awards in tech given by companies such as Google, FastCompany, PcMag, and more. Before founding his startup, Sam worked at Google where he led the location-based services unit, and won an award for the “Bluedot Mobile Location System.” Sam received a PhD at Stanford for Internet Distributed Systems, working under the professor who is known for being the first investor in Google.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How big of a market there is for a program for translating and storing conversations
  • How Otter works and how it continually keeps improving using Artificial Intelligence
  •  What the next few years looks like for use of data and how programs will get more and more accurate in time
  •  How a translation tool will revolutionize what we know about ourselves


Tweet your comments about this episode directly to Shawn Flynn and the rest of The Investor’s Podcast Community using #TIPSiliconValley.

We would like to give a special thanks to Rick Quan who made the introduction to the Sam Liang, which allowed this amazing interview to happen.

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Help us reach new listeners by leaving us a rating and review! It takes less than 30 seconds and really helps our show grow, which allows us to bring on even better guests for you all! Thank you – we really appreciate it! 

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Oct 31 2019 · 31mins

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Q&A with Sam Liang - August 2019

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It's time for our monthly Q&A with Sam! On this episode, Sam answers questions from listeners about taxes, estate planning, and required minimum distributions.

Aug 05 2019 · 20mins
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Sam Liang talks about Otter's real time voice transcription services

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Sam Sethi talked with Sam Liang about his entrepreneurial journey, from his beginnings as a computer student at Peking University through to a software engineer at Google where he was responsible for developing the blue dot on Google Maps.

Sam sold his first startup, a location platform called Alohar Mobile to Alibaba, before finally starting Otter, the 30-person startup team that hails from Google, Facebook, Nuance, Yahoo, as well as Stanford, Duke, MIT and Cambridge.

Otter was founded, just over three years ago and has raised $13 million in funding from the who’s who of Silicon Valley. e.g Horizons Ventures – a backer of Viv, DeepMind, Siri, Slack and others – who led the $10 million Series A. Also participating were Bridgewater Associates, i-Hatch Ventures, MetaLab, Jay Markley, and Boston investors Jim Pallotta and Stu Porter.

Seed investors included Tim Draper through Draper Associates and Draper Dragon; Dave Morin through Slow Ventures; David Cheriton "The billionaire Professor and 1st investor in Google"; SV Tech Ventures, Danhua Capital, and 500 Startups.

Otter wants to make it as easy to search your voice conversations as it is to search your email and texts. The idea to create a new voice assistant focused on transcribing everyday conversations – like meetings and interviews.

Essentially, a voice recorder that offers automatic transcription, Otter is designed to be able to understand and capture long-form conversations that take place between multiple people.

This is a different sort of voice technology than what’s been developed today for voice assistance – as with Alexa or Google Assistant.

The existing technologies are not good enough for human-to-human conversations,” explains Sam Liang.

“Google’s voice API has been trained to optimize voice search,” he says, adding that when people talk to voice assistants, it’s typically only one person talking and they tend to speak more slowly and clearly than usual.

They also often ask shorter questions, like “what’s the weather?,” not carry on long conversations.

“Human meetings are much more complicated, it usually involves at least two people, and the people could talk for an hour. It’s a long-form conversation.”

With Otter, the goal is to capture those conversations – meetings, interviews, lectures, etc. – and turn them into a searchable archive where everything said is immediately transcribed by Otter's software.

The entire technology stack, including speech recognition, was built in-house. The company is not using existing speech recognition APIs, because they wanted to improve the accuracy, and optimize for multiple speakers, says Liang.

To identify when someone else starts talking, Otter uses a technology called diarization to separate each individual speaker; it then generates a voice print for each person’s voice.

Broadly speaking, this is like the voice equivalent to facial recognition, with the voice print being used to identify the speaker going forward.

Sam envisions a number of potential use cases for Otter's technology, including in enterprise, health care, education, phone calls and more.

Jul 04 2019 · 49mins
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Episode 123 - Sam Liang - CEO and Co-Founder of Otter.ai

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In this week's podcast co-host Kevin Garber talks with Sam Liang.

Sam Liang is the CEO and Co-Founder of Otter.ai. Sam and Kevin discuss the role of AI in audio transcription services.

Aug 23 2018 · 1hr 28mins