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Curio - innovation in audio journalism

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The lowdown on Curio, the startup that lets you handpick content from leading publications and turn it into beautifully narrated audio you can listen to any time, anywhere...

curio imageWe’ve written plenty of times before about how our lives are increasingly filled with stuff and our time has to be spread between many different things, even if these things are no more than reading the news. 

Audiobooks, mobile games, curated short films and more are all vying for our attention in those spaces between busyness, all offering us bite-sized pieces of entertainment or education. We have to choose between all these time-occupiers, and for many people, catching up with the latest news is likely to draw our perhaps begrudging interest the most. So what options do we have if we don’t want to read a newspaper or watch a 20-minute news broadcast?

curio picLondon-based startup Curio has the answer: make it bite-sized like everything else. And then have it read to you while you walk to work or eat your lunch. Whether you want to want to listen to articles about business, health, education, comedy, books, daily news, or anything else, you can choose from a list of topics to find the best journalism from the world’s leading publications, such as Forbes, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, WIRED, and dozens more.

With one of Curio’s two paid subscriptions, offerings can be curated for you personally, so you don’t have to search through topics to find something that will interest you. Imagine listening to a new article from a different expert with a different perspective every morning and every lunchtime, and by the end of the week truly understanding what blockchain and cryptocurrency actually are!

In September, Curio announced that they had raised a Series A round of $9 million, which will go towards elevating its standing in the UK and US before expanding into Australia, South Africa, and India.

We wrote in 2019 about NOA (News Over Audio), another startup that curates journalism from around the world and reads it to you, so it will be interesting to see / hear how the two startups differ over the coming months...





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Published on: 11th October 2020

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