As Spotify, Apple and other big tech firms duke it out in the podcasting market, there are still some startups springing up with their own ideas for shaking up the space. Callin is the latest, launched by former PayPal COO and Yammer CEO David Sacks as a “social podcasting” app armed with $12m of funding.
It’s essentially Clubhouse, in terms of people creating ‘rooms’ and broadcasting live audio, but with features to then save and edit that audio into a podcast for on-demand listening.
The app will also generate transcripts of shows, and automatically cuts out the quiet bits at the start and end of recordings. So, while Callin is its own social environment, it can also export the podcasts created to other platforms – making it a cross between Clubhouse and Anchor, Spotify’s podcast-making app.
“There are apps out there that do rooms, there’s apps that let you edit transcripts, and there’s apps that do social discovery or highlights, but nobody’s really put all these pieces together into one experience,” Sacks told TechCrunch.
However, if the bigger players, from Clubhouse to Spotify, do put those pieces together, Callin’s USP may start to look less defensible.