Last week, Product Tienda welcomed Midas Kwant, founder of Rodeo, an audio-first social app. In this piece, we captured that conversation while zooming out to cover the recent rise of audio.

By Eshita Nandini & Abhi

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Illustration by Ido Zaifman

As we near our seventh month of quarantine, limited physical interaction has started to take a toll on Americans. Early on, we turned to video-conferencing software to keep in touch with friends and family, but Zoom fatigue caught on quick — today, a mere 30-minute call tends to exhaust when months ago we used to enthusiastically attend 2-hour long happy hours.

There has been an uptick and audio platforms as they raced to replace in-person interactions. As new solutions flood the space, it’s worth taking a step back to look at the evolution of social media to understand how we got here and where we’re going. With a still uncertain future, new types of digital interaction aren’t just a novelty, they’re a necessity. At first, video seemed the obvious choice to replace in-person gatherings, but as time goes on, we’ve noticed people creating and using more audio-first apps. …


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We are living in the era of the algorithm driving the digital economy. To keep up, businesses are turning to the backend of machine learning tools to power revenue streams.

According to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey:

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of organizations adopting AI practices grew from 4% to 14%.

As data continues to be the focal point of decision-making, we will only see more and more businesses harnessing AI capabilities to supercharge certain business functions; however, with this trend, there are growing concerns over the gap between decision makers and their ability to defend the inner-workings of algorithms put to practice by their organizations. …

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