Voicy lands €1.2m pre-seed from Global Founders Capital

Voicy, an online content platform for discovering, creating and sharing sound clips and sound effects, has secured a €1.2 million pre-seed round led by Oliver Samwer’s Global Founders Capital .

Senior executives from a host of top tech companies, including Twitch, Spotify, Deezer, Snapchat, Booking, Uber, Reddit, Acast and Tesla, also contributed to the round. The funding will be used to grow Voicy’s team, grow its network of partners, and expand its presence across Europe and the United States.

Voicy has two sides to its business. The first allows users to create or use a library of short audio messages or sound effects, which can then be downloaded, shared or sent. The second is instant integration with consumer apps and social platforms that allow users to search and send audio clips and audio GIFs as part of their existing chat function. Voicy’s mission is to do for sound clips what GIPHY did for GIFs.

In just over a year, Voicy has built a community of 1.1 million regular users who have created a database of 125,000 unique sounds averaging 35 million monthly plays. On top of that, 10,000 new sounds are added every month. Voicy also recently signed a partnership with Viber with users having sent over 20 million audio messages, which together were played 100 million times in just three months.

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Voicy’s investors include Jeronimo Folgueira (CEO, Deezer), Sven Ahrens (Head of Global Growth, Spotify), Oskar Serrander (COO, Acast), David Vismans (former CPO, Booking), Sunita Kaur (Senior VP at Twitch, ex-Facebook executive), Mike Sackler (founder and partner, VC Supernode Global), and serial investor Wouter Kneepkens.

Xander Kanon, co-founder and CEO of Voicy, said, “There is a communication shift underway in which shorter content formats have become more important and popular than ever. First you had emojis, then you had GIFs and now you have “Voicies”.

We believe audio memes will become the next big thing in social media and especially play a vital role in the future of communication within streaming and gaming apps. When we share our vision with investors, we always ask ourselves the same question: why doesn’t it exist yet? Voicy empowers users to express themselves in a whole new way. With Voicy’s entertaining short sounds, communication becomes more direct, fun and expressive. Essentially, the excitement for our community and our users is that they can create iconic sound bites that can then become part of the language that millions of people around the world use to communicate.

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This funding round will allow us to take the next step in our journey, which is to strengthen our team, improve our product offering and partner with some of the world’s leading applications and communication platforms.

Our partnership with Viber shows how quickly and easily major platforms can integrate with Voicy using a simple universal API. »

Soheil Mirpour of Global Founders Capital, said: “Voicy is a very exciting new startup. In a short time, their strong team has developed a huge community of very active users who create hundreds of new audio content every day. There is huge potential for audio shorts in social communication. A Discord user spends an average of 285 minutes a day in a Discord voice chat, people share 7 billion voice messages a day on Whatsapp alone, and billions of people use a short audio in their Tiktok or Instagram videos. Voicy brings a new concept to the table, which is ready to disrupt a huge market – we knew we had to invest.

Sven Ahrens, Director of Global Growth at Spotify, said: “Voicy combines the most exciting trends in user-generated audio content for messaging and gaming – what’s not to like. ? Every messaging, media, and gaming platform strives for good audio interactions, and with Voicy, they have the perfect tool right in front of them. Powered by a fervent community of soundboard creators, people everywhere can now send fast reactions and emotions in the form of sound. It does not matter in which application they are.

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