Arlo Faria '04, PhD '14 is co-founder of Remeeting, a mobile app and cloud service that makes spoken conversations searchable. Now available for Android and iOS, the app enables users to record meetings or conversations, then indexes those conversations to make them searchable.
We asked Arlo some questions in writing to learn more about Remeeting (reproduced below). For a format that truly showcases their product, check out Arlo's interview with Jeff Barr of the AWS Podcast.
Interested in joining the Remeeting team? They're hiring. Check out open positions here.
Q. What significant challenge is your company working to solve, and how are you doing it?
Remeeting is trying to make spoken conversations searchable – it should be as easy as retrieving an old email. In addition to engineering high-performance speech technology, an even bigger problem is introducing new user behavior: nobody records meetings. So now we have to design smartphone apps to make the experience as convenient as possible. Meanwhile, we must also address concerns such as the privacy, security, legality, and social acceptability of this activity.
Q. What have you carried from your Berkeley experience to your work in innovation/entrepreneurship?
My undergraduate experience in EECS was about learning the hard way – by doing the work rather than just absorbing the lesson. Later as a grad student researcher, it took a while to figure out that it’s also important to work on the right problems.
Q. Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently at Cal, or what activities would you have taken advantage of to prepare for your career in innovation?
I should have taught more. What I do now largely involves teaching younger people.
Q. When looking at startup job offers, how do you evaluate which path to take?
I think the quality of people you will work with is the most important consideration. Salary and equity are probably less important, because you’re young and the startup will most likely fail.
Q. Is it better to start your own company right out of school, join an existing startup, or take a different path?
I would join an existing startup and become involved in its growth and leadership. Seek mentorship from the founders, and learn from their mistakes. Starting your own company right out of school is very painful; it’s easier when you have been able to establish some personal financial buffer and a professional network.