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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries, the show that explores the future of tech with innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Tom Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of Lovo AI, a synthetic speech platform that has raised over $7 million in funding.

Key topics discussed in this episode:

  • Tom’s diverse background spanning Korea, Canada, and the US, studying at UC Berkeley and working in business, IT, sales, and marketing before venturing into AI and synthetic speech
  • The valuable lessons learned from admired CEOs like Brian Chesky of Airbnb, known for his grittiness and brand-building prowess, and Kazuo Inamori, revered for his thoughts on leadership and prioritizing team happiness
  • The insights from Peter Thiel’s “Zero to One,” emphasizing the importance of both zero-to-one innovation and one-to-100 execution in building successful companies
  • Lovo AI’s origin story, born from a student competition at UC Berkeley and evolving from an AI synthetic speech startup to a content creation platform aiming to be the “Photoshop or Canva” of its space
  • The rapid advancements in AI technology, enabling Lovo AI to clone human voices with just 50 sentences of training data, capturing tone, character, style, and even accents
  • The impressive traction of 200,000 creators across 41 countries and 7 million voiceovers created, driven by word-of-mouth and a shift from individual creators to SMBs and enterprise adoption
  • The strategic positioning as a content creation and IP platform rather than a narrow AI or synthetic speech company, with plans to incorporate generative AI and deliver seamless, user-friendly tools
  • The product-led growth approach, focusing on creating a lovable, easy-to-use product that spreads within organizations like wildfire, rather than relying on traditional top-down sales
  • The ethical considerations surrounding synthetic speech and the importance of safeguards, education, and social norms in ensuring responsible use of the technology
  • The vision of democratizing access to voice talent through initiatives like Voice NFTs, empowering amateur voice actors and expanding opportunities beyond the top 0.1% of the industry


Embrace a Multidisciplinary Mindset:

Draw from diverse experiences and backgrounds to inform your entrepreneurial journey, bringing fresh perspectives and a holistic approach to problem-solving.

Prioritize User Experience and Seamless Integration:

Focus on creating products that are intuitive, easy-to-use, and seamlessly integrate with users' existing workflows, rather than getting bogged down in the underlying technology.

Educate the Market and Navigate Ethical Concerns:

When pioneering a new technology, invest time and resources in educating potential customers, addressing ethical concerns head-on, and working with stakeholders to establish responsible use guidelines.

Democratize Access and Expand Opportunities:

Look for ways to leverage your technology to democratize access, empower underrepresented groups, and create new opportunities for participation and value creation.

Think Beyond the Initial Use Case:

While starting with a specific use case or industry, keep a long-term vision of expanding your platform to encompass a broader range of content creation and IP management capabilities, becoming a go-to solution for diverse creative needs.

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