HearMeOut Launches in the U.S.
HearMeOut, provider of a voice-based social media platform, formally announced its public launch and entrance into the U.S. market.
The HearMeOut platform empowers users to create and consume 42-second audio clips. The platform is currently available for IoS and Android mobile devices.
HearMeOut allows users a hands-free, eyes-free way to round out their social media experience.
"The United States represents the largest single opportunity for HearMeOut in terms of consumer and commercial opportunities," said Moran Chamsi, co-founder and CEO of HearMeOut, in a statement. "Our success with the automotive industry, coupled with the consumer engagement we saw during the beta period, provides a roadmap for our success here in America."
The U.S. entry is spurred by recent financing momentum, as the company is coming off its IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange, which raised $5 million in December, bringing the total amount raised to $6.5 million. HearMeOut intends to use the funds to deepen its work in the automotive industry, product development, and business partnerships.
In October 2015 the Israeli firm announced a collaboration with Ford to include HearMeOut in the SYNC AppLink within its vehicles. Currently, HearMeOut is enabled within Ford vehicles in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with plans to be rolled out in additional markets in 2017.
"We think HearMeOut is particularly interesting because it gives drivers a way to access to social media while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel," said Scott Lyons, business and partner development at Ford Connected Vehicle and Services EMEA, in a statement
In the coming months, HearMeOut will announce new features to serve the connected car space and enrich consumer and partnership content creation, as well as enable sharing across all social platforms.