We launched SoundGecko in July 2012, let users listen to web articles, RSS feeds and PDF documents on the go, via Text-To-Speech (TTS).

People used the SoundGecko website, chrome plugin, mobile apps and cloud drive integrations to listen across a wide range of use cases all over the world.

The SoundGecko.com homepage in late 2012

The SoundGecko.com homepage in late 2012

As we’d expected, the most common use case was listening to articles when commuting to and from work by car or public transport. But users quickly found uses as diverse as a language learning tool (as we supported multiple languages over time), or as a way for the visually impaired to access written web content that had previously been inaccessible.

Within a few days of launch The Verge wrote a story about SoundGecko that opened the floodgates to new users, led to a large volume of organic press, and many other exciting opportunities. We also had a booth at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in the Startup Alley area, and TechCrunch wrote about us launching RSS feeds at the event; things were going well.