Artifact: A Startup for “Instant Heirloom” Personal Podcasts


PodMov Daily: Wednesday, August 5

Episode 257: Your Midweek Update

Artifact: A Startup for “Instant Heirloom” Personal Podcasts

The podcasting startup Artifact isn’t concerned about netting downloads. Somewhat like a commissioned version of NPR’s StoryCorps, impact is all that matters. Jordan Crook of TechCrunch speaks with co-founder and CEO Ross Chanin about the company's vision for one-of-a-kind, sentimental podcasts. 

“Using professionally contracted interviewers, Artifact conducts short interviews with a person’s closest friends or family and turns them into a personal podcast,” Crook explains. “After the interview, Artifact handles the editing and polish to offer a higher-quality final product that is delivered to the recipient via the web.”

Chanin tells Crook, “We think that Artifact loses a lot if the default assumption is that millions of people are going to hear this. Certainly, Artifacts can be used in that way, but the primary sharing is to close friends and family.” As the medium's purpose expands, optimized oral history is making its mark.

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