Thursday, November 24, 2005

Idea #1 - Automatic BlogCasting

Starting from today I will periodically post my startup ideas. Some may not be viable, some may already exist, some may actually get me started implementing something.

Given the more than 14 million active bloggers out there, and the popularity of iPod and Podcasting, wouldn't it be nice if there is a service to automatically convert blogs into audio and podcast into my PDA? In terms of technology, automatic speech synthesis is already quite mature, and in fact heavily in use in those automated customer service phone calls. The infrastructure for podcasting and RSS feeds is up and running, or almost mature. It is just a matter of putting all these pieces together. In terms of business model, advertisement is a nobrainer, both online sponsered links, and audio ads as suggested by The only concern is the speech quality may not be attractive enough, or tolerable rather, for the majority of people to stick to listening to them.

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