Announcement

Kalliope Joins the Google for Startups Cloud Program

October 29, 2023
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Kalliope Joins the Google for Startups Cloud Program

At Kalliope, our goal is to create a platform that empowers readers to listen to fantastic-sounding audiobooks from a massive selection, all for free.

Today, that goal is one step closer to becoming a reality.

We’re very excited to announce that Kalliope has joined the Google for Startups Cloud Program, an initiative aimed at helping startups scale faster and smarter by providing financial allowances, business support, and enhanced access to Google’s AI ecosystem.

We plan to leverage these benefits to their fullest potential as we continue shaping Kalliope into the best platform for audiobook listeners.

Partnering With Google

The most immediate and exciting benefit of our partnership with the Google for Startups Cloud Program is our enhanced access to their AI tools and ecosystem.

We’re utilizing AI text-to-speech models to create our initial catalog of free audiobooks. However, not all AI voice models are created equal, and stiff, robotic-sounding narrations just won’t cut it for modern audiobook listeners.

That’s why at Kalliope, one of our highest priorities is ensuring that this initial catalog sounds amazing, with a diverse cast of life-like-sounding narrators that enhance the listening experience, not detract from it.

Google’s AI ecosystem helps us achieve just that. Their groundbreaking models deliver high-fidelity, humanlike speech from a wide variety of different voices.

The free credit allowances and ability to create long-form content with these models will allow us to create audiobooks that sound great from start to finish.

Looking Ahead

The benefits of partnering with the Google for Startups Cloud Platform reach much further than just enhancing our launch catalog. The resources made available let us save money, scale faster, and make better decisions.

There has been a lot of forward momentum at Kalliope lately:

  • We’re expanding our team
  • Our beta sign-up list is growing fast
  • We've hit tons of app development milestones

And most importantly, there has been an overwhelming interest in our platform and free audiobooks.

More than ever, Kalliope is committed to creating a place that allows readers and audiobook listeners to take their connection with literature to the next level, entirely for free. Amazing sound, wide variety, and excellent user experience should be the standard for an audiobook platform, not a pricey extra.

There is still so much work to be done, but exciting developments like these keep us focused and on-track to deliver.

We hope this is the first of many future partnerships to help Kalliope grow into the best platform it can be.

If you want to try out Kalliope when it launches, sign up for the beta.

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