A godsend for the busy commuter with their own set of wheels, Otto Radio is your aural filter of podcasts, music and news designed to free up your hands and keep you in the loop about the things most important to you.
Fred Jacobs, CEO and cofounder of Jacobs Media, added that Otto Radio “is really an interesting concept because podcasting is just this chaotic mess of content out there. It is still so difficult for people to be able to curate and use—and here’s a product that appears to be able to algorithmically put it together to match your lifestyle, your interests, listening time...all those things."
The investment comes as Otto Radio launches their Otto Everywhere API and will be used to expand their footprint in the personalized media space as it relates to connected and autonomous cars, smart audio devices and appliances, and key integrations with premium content providers.
Samsung on Wednesday announced its intentions to support early-stage startups focused on emerging technologies. So far, Samsung has made investments in 10 startups: Converge Industries, Dashbot, Entry Point VR, Filament, Intezer, LiquidSky, Otto Radio, 2Sens, SafeDK, and Virtru.
After Spotify and Pandora, there are now eight new app integrations and most interesting for us is Otto Radio. My favorite feature of Otto Radio is its ‘finite playlists’ which limit the playlist to a certain length; ideal for taxi rides where you can’t have the driveway moment. Otto Radio will automatically adjust the length of your playlist to the length of your Uber trip.