Gadget Lab Podcast: Andrew Mason on Descript and Life Post-Groupon

After Groupon founder Andrew Mason was fired from the position of firm CEO in 2013, he launched a motivational rock album for center managers. It was an uncommon transfer, for certain, however for Mason, it appeared a pure segue after spending most of his youth finding out music. That’s why his newest startup is targeted on audio as effectively: After promoting Detour, his audio-guided strolling tour app, to Bose, he spun out a brand new firm known as Descript, which is targeted on audio and video transcription.

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Descript is usually a service for professionals proper now, however Mason envisions a future wherein his transcription expertise turns into the Microsoft Word of all multimedia. He additionally has sturdy opinions on why constructing an app for Apple’s App Store is now not sustainable, and says entrepreneurs want to have the ability to decide whether or not to associate with tech giants like Google and Amazon, or compete immediately in opposition to them.

Also, he talks about his plans for a follow-up album. We’re nonetheless undecided if he’s severe.


Show notes: Here are the WIRED tales we point out on Google’s Project Fi and the moral problems of the primary human infants with CRISPR-edited DNA. Also, right here’s a narrative on YouTube’s enlargement of its Stories characteristic, courtesy of Engadget. That’s plenty of tales.

Recommendations: Mike recommends Raw Material, a podcast from SFMOMA, notably season 4, which is known as “Luuvers.” Arielle recommends Emoji Builder, an unbiased artwork venture that permits you to create precisely the emoji face you need, like a Mr. Potato Head. Lauren recommends you watch season 1 of Amazon Prime Video’s authentic sequence The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, in preparation for season 2, which comes out subsequent week. (She additionally mistakenly says that the characters of Midge and Joel are divorced, and want to appropriate the file: They are separated. Perhaps that was foreshadowing?)

Andrew Mason recommends the iPhone. But actually, he recommends Upwork, a platform for hiring freelancers, and apologizes if that feels like an advert, as a result of he actually does like Upwork.

Send the Gadget Lab hosts suggestions on their private Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes will be discovered at @pardesoteric. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Michael Calore will be discovered at @snackfight. Andrew Mason doesn’t wish to be adopted on Twitter.

Bling the principle hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme tune is by Solar Keys.

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