From postal mail and telegrams to radio and television to podcasts and streaming services, the way people receive information has been evolving for centuries. Podcasts are one of the newest trends in information and entertainment, and their popularity has continued to grow. While the number of podcast listeners only grew by 55% to 57% last year, it doubled in the last 10 years.
Listening to podcasts has not been the only way the podcast has gained popularity as many people have created their own as well. Recording podcasts has become a fun hobby for many people and a serious job for others. According Podcast InformationIn 2021, there were over two million podcasts, with over 48 million episodes in total.
As the world becomes increasingly digitally connected and globalized, it makes sense that the need for improved podcasting capabilities is widespread. And Squadcast has changed the way content can be recorded remotely. We spoke with Zachariah Moreno, co-founder and CEO of Squad broadcast about the future of podcasting and the impact of their business.
Grit Daily: What is SquadCast? What is your goal and your founding story?
Zacharie Moreno: SquadCast is the category-defining leader in the Cloud Recording Studio category, enabling studio-quality audio and video recording with remote collaborators around the world.
Our mission is to amplify collaboration, and we do this by developing cutting-edge technology for professional creators designed to help them scale their productions.
Rockwell Felder, co-founder and CTO of SquadCast, and I founded SquadCast because we encountered first-hand challenges when we decided to produce a SciFi audio drama podcast with a remote first team in 2016. We We went from podcasting to founding SquadCast after building a demo prototype. We validated the opportunity with creators while sponsoring the Podcast Movement conference and identified key opportunities to innovate and define what would become the Cloud Recording Studio category.
Grit Daily: How are you trying to make podcasting more accessible?
Zacharie Moreno: There aren’t enough physical recording studios to keep up with the creator economy. Our platform removes this barrier by creating a virtual studio. Recording quality is also made more accessible as it is no longer limited to physical studios.
Grit Daily: Why will cloud-based studios be the future of podcasting?
Zacharie Moreno: All platforms depend on creation and consumption to grow. Listening to podcasts has long been accessible due to the vast spread of the web. While in contrast, creating podcasts has largely been an offline experience, geographically limiting potential collaborators. For podcasting to grow, creators need cloud recording studios to expand collaboration globally while maintaining professional quality standards.
Grit Daily: How does your cloud-based recording studio set you apart from traditional podcasting platforms?
Zacharie Moreno: Traditionally, podcasts have been recorded in person at a physical recording studio, edited offline, posted to podcast media hosts, and distributed to subscribed listeners through an RSS feed. If production were remote, recording quality would be degraded due to its reliance on each collaborator’s network connectivity – think phones, Skype and Zoom.
On SquadCast, the recording quality does not depend on the network connectivity of each collaborator because it is recorded locally at the source for everyone, resulting in professional audio and video quality. Because the recordings are captured in full quality at source, they must be uploaded to the cloud for creators to access. We solved this problem by inventing and patenting Progressive Uploads technology which is very fast and reliable.
We also patented our solution to normalize audio drift between multiple recordings of the same conversation. We’re first-in-class on a number of innovations like cloud backup recordings, recording previews, search, public API, and full cross-platform accessibility.
Basically, we are creators. We know what quality and reliability mean, and we care more.
Grit Daily: What are your goals moving forward?
Zacharie Moreno: We hope to help more creators and businesses professionalize their content production and adapt it remotely. Providing content creators with quality resources will help reduce the time between clicking save and clicking publish.
Do you have any final advice for tech entrepreneurs?
We need more women, black and brown founders. While I’m proud to contribute to this effort as a Latino founder, diversity is still sorely lacking in the entrepreneurial tech space. Technology has the potential to scale any idea globally, but we need the teams creating this technology to reflect and represent the global marketplace if we want the future to be inclusive of everyone.
As the tech industry is constantly changing, people bringing new ideas that help others will always find success. SquadCast noticed a need and created cutting-edge technology for professional creators. The Cloud Recording Studio category has improved accessibility to remote quality recording, bringing people together. As collaboration improves, it’s unclear how the podcast industry will evolve, but it’s definitely going to be exciting.
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