voice AI influencer
Dec 04, 2020
12 MIN READ

Top 40 Voice AI Influencers to Follow on Twitter

The voice-first community on social media continues to grow almost as quickly as the adoption of voice AI technology itself. In 2018, we identified 15 voice AI influencers to follow on Twitter and heard from a lot of our readers on how much they loved the list—an inspiring mix of engineers, entrepreneurs, academics, linguists and journalists. Two years later, we’re updating our list to include 40 experts we recommend you follow to keep up with the latest in voice AI news, trends, predictions, and successes. 

As we are all in planning mode for 2021, we thought this would be a good time to publish a new list to help inspire you. (Note: We’ve listed them here alphabetically by first name. If you know someone who should be included in our next list, please let us know.

Follow our list of top 40 on our Voice AI Influencers list on Twitter.

1. Adva Levin 
@PretzelVoice

Adva Levin

Adva Levin is CEO of Pretzel Labs, a voice agency creating voice-first experiences and games, including Freeze Dancers, Musical Statues, Bedtime Hero, and more. Adva is an Alexa Champion, VUI design mentor, and creator of Kids Court.

2. Bill Cava 
@billcava

Bill Cava

Bill Cava is co-founder and chief product officer at Orbita, a conversational AI platform for healthcare, designed to securely build, manage, and optimize AI-driven omnichannel voice and chat applications.

3. Bradley Metrock 
@bmetrock

Bradley Metrock

Bradley Metrock is the CEO of Project Voice, founder of the VoiceFirst.FM podcast network, host of This Week In Voice, and author of More Than Just Weather And Music: 200 Ways To Use Alexa and Perspectives on Gender in #VoiceFirst Technology. He also produces an annual series of voice-first events.

4. Brandon Kaplan 
@SkilledCreative

Bradley Metrock

Brandon Kaplan is the founder of SKILLED CREATIVE, a voice-first creative agency helping brands like Starbucks and Meredith Corporation build voice experiences. SKILLED develops conversational experiences for Fortune 500 brands, and has developed a proprietary SKILLSET platform, allowing partners to adjust voice content without coding.

5. Bret Kinsella 
@bretkinsella

Bret Kinsella

Bret Kinsella is founder and CEO of Voicebot.ai, the leading source of research, analysis, news and trends for the voice AI industry. Voicebot publishes year-round reports, a weekly podcast, and two popular newsletters on all things voice.

6. Brian Roemmele 
@BrianRoemmele

Brian Roemmele

Brian Roemmele is a voice-first expert and president of the Multiplex app and Multiplex Magazine covering technology, payments, and just about anything else voice-related. Brian has built and run payments and tech businesses, worked in media, and explored a variety of other subjects along the way.

7. Brooke Hawkins 
@brookebhawkins

Brooke Hawkins

Brooke Hawkins is a conversational designer who has helped build voice experiences for healthcare institutions, nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, and startups. Brooke’s work sits at the intersection of designing useful and meaningful interactions, as well as informing us all about the ethics related to living in a voice interface mediated world.

8. Carl Robinson 
@VoiceTechCarl

Carl Robinson

Carl Robinson is the host of the Voice Tech Podcast and co-founder CEO at Rumble Studio, a SaaS solution that lets content marketers record and publish podcasts as quickly as a blog post. Carl has worked as a data scientist on NLProc R&D at Dassault Systèmes, and completed a speech conversion internship at IRCAM, Paris.

9. Dr. Catherine Breslin 
@catherinebuk

Dr. Catherine Breslin

Dr. Catherine Breslin is the founder of Kingfisher Labs, an agency that’s helping organizations build AI and machine learning into their products and services. A specialist in voice and language technology, Dr. Breslin has a background in academic research, combined with years of experience of building AI-powered technology products.

10. Cathy Pearl 
@cpearl42

Cathy Pearl

Cathy Pearl is the head of conversation design outreach at Google, and was listed #1 in Voicebot’s 2019 Leaders in Voice for “Design and Product Pros.” She’s the author of Designing Voice User Interfaces and has been creating conversational interfaces (voice, text, and multi-modal) since 1999.

11. Dave Isbitski 
@thedavedev

Dave Isbitski

Dave Isbitski is principal developer advocate at Amazon Web Services. He is a professional speaker, podcaster, trainer, developer relations advocate, and course instructor for software development, DevOps, mobile, voice, and the cloud.

12. Dave Kemp 
@Oaktree_Dave

Dave Kemp

Dave Kemp is a business development manager at Oaktree Products and the host of the FuturEar podcast, Dave podcasts and writes about news and trends relating to hearables and all the various use cases that hearable devices can support.

13. Dustin Coates 
@dcoates

Dustin Coates

Dustin Coates is product and GTM manager at Algolia Answers, and co-host of VUX World’s podcast series. He’s a product-oriented software engineer working to build the future of voice-first applications and voice search, and author of voice applications for Alexa and Google Assistant from Manning Publications.

14. Heidi Culbertson 
@hculbertson

Heidi Culbertson

Heidi Culbertson is the founder of Marvee, a voice AI strategy consultancy and conversational design studio focused on the 50+ cohort together and active aging and how brands can design more accessible voice experiences for everyone. She is also the CEO of Heidi Culbertson Consulting, offering coaching and mentorship services.

15. Ian Utile 
@IanUtile

Ian Utile

Ian Utile is founder and CEO of attn.live, hosting live events including Future of Tech, Future Of Voice, NFT.NYC, Voice Of The Car Summit, Webcasting Summit, VOICE Summit, Project Voice, and [email protected].

16. James Poulter
@jamespoulter

James Poulter

James Poulter is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Vixen Labs voice consultancy and product studio in Europe, founder of the Voice2 community, and an innovation and strategy consultant.

17. Jan König 
@einkoenig

Jan König

Jan König is co-founder of Jovo, an open source, cross-platform development framework that allows users to build voice experiences across platforms and devices, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, web apps, and mobile phones.

18. Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek 
@JoanBajorek

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek is the founder and CEO of Women in Voice (WiV). She’s a renowned researcher and voice technologist and has worked on voice/multimodal design work for 7+ years, visual graphic design for 9+ years, and analyzed languages for 17+ years.

19. Kane Simms 
@kanesimms

Kane Simms

Kane Simms is the co-founder of VUX World and speaker and host of their podcast series. He is a conversational AI strategy consultant, helping organisations take advantage of the biggest shift in user behavior since the smartphone: voice and conversational AI.

20. Keri Roberts 
@kerinroberts

Keri Roberts

Keri Roberts is founder of Branding Connection, helping businesses and entrepreneurs expand their brand message through podcasting and content marketing. Keri is a professional podcast show host, voice tech specialist, and moderator of the Top 25 Today lists.

21. Lauren Golembiewski 
@LaurenGolem

Lauren Golembiewski

Lauren Golembiewski is co-founder and CEO of Voxable and a conversational and voice interface designer. Lauren co-founded Voxable with the mission to improve the world with technology that better understands humans.

22. Mark Tucker 
@marktucker

Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker is an Alexa Champion, Bixby Premier Developer, and software architect with over 20 years of design and development experience. Mark is the organizer of the Phoenix Chapter of the Ubiquitous Voice Society, and contributing author on voicebot.ai.

23. Maarten Lens-FitzGerald 
@Dutchcowboy

Marten Lens-FitzGerald

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald is the founder and director of the Project Zilver consortium that’s focused on making the lives of older adults better by using voice technology in a non-stigmatizing manner. He is also author of Voice: the conversational revolution: insights & opportunities, and founder and co-host of the Voicecast at BNR Nieuwsradio, Netherlands.

24. Nick Myers 
@therednickm

Nick Myers

Nick Myers is founder and CEO of RedFox Creative, a digital marketing agency helping brands leverage AI and voice assistant technology. A voice innovator, Nick is a frequent TEDx and international keynote speaker and podcast guest with deep expertise on the future of voice assistant technology.

25. Noelle Silver 
@NoelleSilver_

Noelle Silver

Noelle SIlver is an award-winning technologist who specializes in conversational AI, voice technology, and responsible AI practices. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, and Amazon, and is currently the head of instruction, data science, analytics, and full stack development at HackerU.

26. Paul Costello 
@paulfcostello

Paul Costello

Paul Costello is VP of enterprise solutions at Voicify. He is a voice-first advocate, marketing executive, and entrepreneur with a passion for leading brands to more profitable customer relationships through technology and services.

27. Paul Hickey 
@dataoveropinion

Paul Costello

Paul Hickey is founder and CEO of Data Driven Design, and CEO and founder of The Voice Event (formerly Nashville Voice Conference). He’s also a podcaster, talent scout, author, and voice application developer for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

28. Pete Haas 
@PeteHaas

Pete Haas

Pete Haas is the founder of Conversion Curve, a conversational AI design and development agency. He led the development of a voice application platform that serviced over one million callers, and developed a reporting site for hosting call analysis, and reporting of those calls.

29. Peter Stewart 
@TweeterStewart

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart is an award-winning radio presenter and journalist, speaker, lecturer, trainer, and voice-skill producer. He is host of the second most-popular Flash Briefing in the UK Amazon store. He’s also a consultant for brands and non-profits on harnessing voice to better engage with potential clients.

30. Rana Gujral
@RanaGujral

Rana Gujral

Rana Gujral is the CEO of Behavioral Signals, an enterprise software company that distinguishes behavioral signals in speech data with its proprietary deep learning technology. He is also an investor and speaker at voice AI industry events, including the VOICE Summit. 

31. Rebecca Evanhoe 
@revanhoe

Rebecca Evanhoe

Rebecca Evanhoe is an author and conversation designer who has created interactive experiences for Alexa and Google Home platforms. She teaches conversation design at Pratt Institute and leads workshops in a variety of writing genres, from creative to technical to UX.

32. Roger Kibbe 
@rogerkibbe

Roger Kibbe

Roger Kibbe is a technologist and the senior developer evangelist at Viv Labs. He has deep expertise in voice assistants and conversational AI design and development. An ambassador for the Open Voice Network, Roger is also host of the Bixby Developers Podcast.

33. Rupal Patel
@TweetRupal

Rupal Patel

Rupal is a renowned speech scientist turned entrepreneur, bringing decades of clinical, academic, and fundraising experience to VocaliD, a company that creates AI-voice personas that reflect the unique personalities of brands and individuals.

34. Sarah Andrew Wilson
@SarahAndrewWils

Sarah Andrew Wilson

Sarah Andrew Wilson is CCO of matchbox.io, overseeing content strategy, UX design, and communications for the agency that provides voice experiences on Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Samsung Bixby and has developed 19 voice apps, including Question of the Day and Find my Phone, and Riddle of the Day.

35. Scot Westwater 
@scotwestwater

Scot Westwater

Scot Westwater is the CCO of Pragmatic Digital, helping companies plan, create, review, and deploy voice experiences that are on-brand. He is also the co-founder of Voice Masters, an online 6-week course helping marketing and business professionals develop a voice strategy.

36. Shyamala Prayaga 
@sprayaga

Shyamala Prayaga

Shyamala Prayaga is product owner digital assistant at Ford Motor Company and member of Women in Voice. She is also the founder of the Digital Assistant Academy, and author of a new book Emotionally Engaged Digital Assistant, and Humanizing Privacy, to be released soon.

37. Dr. Teri Fisher 
@DrTeriFisher

Dr. Teri Fisher

Dr. Teri Fisher is a physician, podcaster, Alexa champion, and author. Dubbed, “The Voice Doctor,” Dr. Fisher is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and the host of the weekly “Alexa in Canada” podcast and the daily “Voice in Canada” Flash Briefing. 

38. Tim Kahle 
@kahle

Tim Kahle

Tim Kahle is the co-founder of 169 Labs GmbH, creating user interfaces and applications for voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Bixby. He’s the co-founder of ALL ABOUT VOICE, Europe’s largest voice assistant conference.

39. Tom Hewitson 
@tomhewitson

Tom Hewitson

Tom Hewtison is the founder of labworks.io, a Webby-award-winning voice games studio that builds games for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung’s Bixby. He’s also their principal conversation designer, and one of voicebot.ai’s top 44 leaders in voice.

40. Houndify 
@Houndify

Houndify

We reserved the last spot for Houndify’s informative twitter account managed by our awesome content team that’s consistently publishing inspiring case studies, trends, blogs, demos and more. We also highlight how brands like Mercedes-Benz, Pandora, Mastercard, Snapchat, Honda, and many others have already created fast, accurate custom voice assistants that delight customers and allow them to control their brand experience and user data.

Over the last few years, we’ve had the pleasure of connecting with some of these influencers via their podcasts, at industry events, via our webinars, and by partnering with them on thought leadership content including blogs, white papers, and E-Books. We’re committed to continuing  to be an active part of the voice AI community and helping voice-enable businesses, products, and the world around us. 

Learn more about Houndify, our independant voice AI platform at houndify.com.

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