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It’s Called Fathom.fm and co-founders Paul Bloch and Ken Miller say their podcast streaming platform uses AI to comprehend entire podcasts. They say listeners can ask natural language questions (via search) and get actual answers in the form of 30-second podcast highlights, as if podcasters and their guests were answering them.
Fathom uses AI algorithms to provide podcast episode recommendations. A company press release states that “since Fathom actually understands the concepts that are being discussed within a podcast, it’s able to recommend podcasts that are uniquely and deeply relevant to the listener.”
The company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Jason’s Calacanis’ LAUNCH, The Syndicate, Seraph Group, Textline CEO Alan Braverman, and others “Now that we’ve secured this round of financing we’re ready to continue the next phase of our development and create some great products. We have a lot of amazing AI-first features on the way that will transform the way people engage with podcasts,” Paul Bloch, co-founder and Chief Design Officer says. “Fathom started as an AI-powered search engine for podcasts and we’re really thrilled to see it evolve into a complete podcast listening experience that will surpass anything available today. We’re excited about the support and enthusiasm we’ve seen from users and investors, and are ready for the future.”
The company says that by using its platform listeners can: Search “within” podcasts by asking natural questions – get podcast highlights that actually answer your questions. Discover new podcasts based on the actual ideas discussed inside the podcasts you already love. Listen to podcast highlights showcasing what’s most interesting in an episode, based on your interests. And follow and save episodes like you would any other major podcast player.