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10:05am — Let’s begin. We’ve got 70 things to talk about.

There are more than 20,000 Alexa-compatible devices from more than 3,500 brands for customers to choose from today.


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Echo Dot — There’s a brand new mic array that gives it better performance. The driver is now much larger — we went from a 1.1” driver to a 1.6” driver so we can deliver more powerful sound with lower distortion and enhanced bass reproduction. And, we’re now driving the speaker with more power, which helps us increase the overall max volume. The new Echo Dot is now 70 percent louder.

Echo Input — the first Echo device without a speaker that adds Alexa voice control to your favorite speakers via a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth. It has a four-microphone array so you can talk to Alexa from across the room. Echo Input is just 12.5mm tall, it’s incredibly thin and disappears into the room. …

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Photo by Andres Urena

Over the past few years there has been a rise in voice technologies, from Amazon Alexa platform to Google Home and Apple Homepod, all the big companies are going all-in on voice. Rightly so, it’s a frictionless environment that is able to remove all obstacles for the user.

Smart Speaker Users Growing 48% Annually, To Hit 90M In USA in 2018, this rate of growth outpaces smartphones.

But what does this new world look like for commerce? As a consumer, you are currently able to buy things straight from Amazon (and now third-party apps with Amazon Pay) but because of the frictionless environment you are getting the top result on that search page shipped to your house, instead of shopping around for the brand you want, you are taking the convenient option. …

Reputation is based on truth, and so in today’s world there’s nowhere to hide, instead of hiring a PR person, like in the 90s, and getting the right articles I think it’s just delivering repetition it for your employees, repetition for your clients and fundamentally give without any expectation.

You know, go give a keynote at a college with no expectation of getting anything in return, answer those 1–50 emails of people reaching out to you that have “nothing” to offer you and just give because they actually may have a ton to offer you. …


Mike Shoss, CSM SPM

4x Founder, most recently ShossX, a Startup Mentorship & Investment firm. Lover of Voice, IoT and Green Energy.

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