Thorsten Schoop (Founder, CEO) and Christian Schrumpf (Founder, CEO) Maximilian Probst


What’s Spoken

Founded in 2015
5 employees
Funding: Undisclosed
Stage: Series A

Spaactor is the search engine for spoken content and enables every user for the first time to search within spoken content. Based on their automatic speech recognition technology, speech is transformed into text. Thus, all spoken content can instantaneously be found in video and audio files available on the Internet. A search query delivers the exact position of the search term in the video/audio, and starts playback directly at the relevant place. Website
Highlight of the year: Development API for B2B customers to perform evaluations on the public database.

Interview with Spaactor

What inspired you to found your startup?

A few years ago, Christian heard an interesting show on the radio. Based on a few memorized words, he wanted to find it later on the Internet. Having no success in finding the broadcast, and being a specialist for speech recognition, he came up with the idea of a search engine for spoken content.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Spoken content is made searchable for the first time. Thus, considerably more content is found.
The video/audio starts exactly at the relevant place. This saves the user time in accessing spoken content. Single hits with the exact position in time can easily be shared on social media.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

Success is when we set ourselves ambitious goals and then achieve them. This includes careful planning as well as cost-effective and timely implementation. This means using the scaling effects of the business model to grow rapidly worldwide.

What do you want to achieve next year?

In the next 12 months, we want to include all German and English websites with spoken content in our search engine. Thus, Spaactor will find the spoken content of over 50% of all websites worldwide.

Why do people want to work at your company?

Employees can yield their extensive experience and knowledge to support an innovative company in order to create something unique that has real benefits for users and did not exist before.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

The most important milestone so far has been the launch of the public search engine for spoken content on in October 2016.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

The development and project team consisted of 9 people at the top. With agile software development and detailed and consistent project control, we were able to successfully finish in the planned time.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

In 5 years Spaactor will be available for all world languages. Furthermore, object and face recognition will be added to the search engine. All publicly available audio content, as well as all visual content, will be searchable.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

One of the biggest problems for startups are the financial resources. Bremen can do even more for startups in the early stages. Our shareholder team, neusta GmbH, has taken on a pioneering role in the city and helps by providing resources as an accelerator.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

Venture capitalists are not very willing to take risks when it comes to real innovation. They prefer to invest in what they know and where they feel safe. More capital must be invested in truly innovative startups.

Spaactor was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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