Online communication has advanced another step through the innovations of Wondr.Me, an Israeli startup
that won the Startup grind Tel Aviv competition in February 2014. This startup is helping transform how
information is shared online by making communication with the human voice a reality on internet forums. I
couldn’t wait to meet the guys behind Wondr.Me, and now I can’t wait to share with you the ways they are
going to affect each and every one of us.
Voice on the Internet
Lately, a new trend has emerged on the internet, putting focus on the use of the human voice for
communication. There is a lot of written information on the internet, but it doesn’t always get the job done
communication-wise. We have all found in our daily lives that text has its limits in communication. This lack of
effectiveness has brought us emoticons and emoji, not to mention quite a few misunderstandings. Increasingly,
companies have been addressing this problem. There is software available, such as WebRTC, which enables
voice calling, video chat and sharing of P2P files without using plugins. There are applications like Mindmeld,
which listens to your conversations and finds relevant information for you before you have to search for it.
Google is in on the party with helpouts, which enable the user to get video help and answers on all kinds of
topics in real time from real people. And Twilio allows calls to be made and texts to be sent using web service
APIs. The use of speech on the internet has increased dramatically with new technological developments.
One of the most essential human urges is to speak and communicate verbally. Even now, when we can find the
answer to practically any question with a click of the mouse in a search engine, we all feel the need to pick up
the phone and ask a real person. On the internet, which is supposed to put answers at our fingertips, we find
ourselves drowning in information. Have a simple question? Have a few hours of reading material, with no
guarantee of an answer. We all know that feeling, and we’ve all experienced that frustration too many times.
Communication is better when people are having conversations. We get the chance to clarify information,
express our emotions and ask questions. Text and written communications are limited. It is difficult to provide
real expression, and tone is often misconstrued. How often have you misunderstood a sarcastic comment
for a genuine one? Communicating via text usually leads to more questions and clarifications, unlike live
conversations where one can easily share their thoughts.
Talk with someone in a real life conversation so you can better express your thoughts and understand others.
Wondr.Me has made this possible using their content-based voice discussion platform.
Wondr.me has introduced the use of the voice in online UGC (User Generated Content), enabling participants
to communicate verbally with each other directly. This is meant to simplify communication and to make
clarification of complex issues much easier. The startup has devised a system that enhances how people spread
their knowledge beyond their circle of friends: utilize the most natural method of communication – the human
Online UGC are largely characterized by the use of writing to convey thoughts. This has been dissatisfying
due to the difficulty associated with expressing oneself in writing. For instance, in texts and SMS messages,
we often feel that the text is not suited to fully explaining complex issues. People cannot conduct fulfilling
discussions in text correspondence. Our thoughts deserve to be understood through real voice conversations.
With Wondr.me, all you need to do to is to make a call to a member of the forum. The problem you were facing
or question you had is then open to the group. The correspondence is also recorded so that it can be listened to
by anyone with a similar problem, who can also add to the conversation.
WonderMe provides an avenue where you can get opinions on different topics while taking part in a
conversation. It utilizes live human voice conversation, making it possible to communicate effectively. The
platform also allows conversations to take place between people of different cultures and backgrounds about
common interests. Everyone’s opinion counts, which is why Wondr.me is called “the voice of crowds.”
Wondr.me allows everyone to share their opinion or ask a question, all using the human voice. This makes it
easy to clarify, discuss, share and express opinions. I truly feel that the arrival of Wondr.me was long overdue.
Just by talking, Wondr.me provides the most natural way to solve problems and discuss issues and save us all a
great deal of time. And you know what time is!
About the founders:
Gabi Beyo: 30 year old, married to Leah and father of 3.
Professional S/W Architect with 10 years of experience. Worked for big and small organizations, like: IDF, Matrix, IDT, Discount Bank and Taldor, KSH (an automatic stock-trading start up).
For the passing 4.5 years, worked for 3M’s “Security and Track & Trace” division as a Senior Software Architect at the Israeli R&D department.
Rewarded the “3M world wide circle of technical excellence and innovation” (CTEI) award 2011, and 3M Attenti Israel’s outstanding employee award, 2011.
Omri and Gabi left their positions at 3M in order to realize our dream – WondrMe.
Wondr.Me is accompanied by two mentors, Idan Harpaz & Dror Ganot, in charge of the financial & business strategy and fundraising.
Wonder.me currently have planned partnerships with three Israeli large platforms, and are seeking for a seed investment that will enable us to support the next pilot phase.
What we need now ?
- Beta testers
- Law or accountant services