Our riveting Founder Bites return May 18 – 20 for the Urban Tech Connect // Forward 2021 conference. In this series, successful startup founders share their firsthand experiences, including how they overcame the most intimidating challenges of their careers.

UTC 2021 speaker Ayinde Alakoye is co-founder and CEO of Santa Monica-based Nēdl, like “needle in a haystack.” His company transcribes user-generated audio, indexing speech in real time and making audio searchable.

This year, Nēdl was selected to be in the first cohort of Voice AI, Google’s 10-week startup accelerator program along with 11 other companies. “The pandemic appears to have supercharged voice app usage, which was already on an upswing,” VentureBeat reported.

Prior to Nēdl, Alakoye created the original iheartradio app. He also served as an executive board member of the nonprofit Developers Alliance. Ahead of the 2008 presidential election, Alakoye was a speechwriter, staffer, and message advisor for then-candidate Barack Obama. An in-demand speaker, Alakoye has appeared on CNBC Powerlunch, CBS TV & Radio, Clear Channel Radio, BravoTV, as well as on panels for the National Association of Broadcasters, Marshall School of Business, and Anderson School of Management.

At Urban Tech Connect // Forward, Alakoye will discuss how he gained a foothold with VC funding and built a standout startup. You can learn more about him and his fellow speakers here.

Experience Alakoye’s story live and draw inspiration to move ahead with your own startup idea by registering to attend. This Founder Bite will be well worth it.

Photo: Nēdl co-founder and CEO Ayinde Alakoye. Courtesy of Ayinde Alakoye