About Listen Notes

Listen Notes is a podcast search engine that actually works. It's like Google, but for podcasts. You can search 392,155 podcasts & 22,899,009 episodes by people, places, or topics -- (almost) all podcasts you can find on the Internet.
Is 22,899,009 a big number? Is it big enough to justify the existence of a search engine? Let's see...

1. Who build Listen Notes?

A self-funded one-person team builds Listen Notes :) I am Wenbin, a Software Engineer in San Francisco.
I quit my day job from Nextdoor 339 days and 12 hours ago (Dec. 2016). I'm working on Listen Notes full-time now. And I've already incorporated Listen Notes, Inc.
Please feel free to reach out to me to say hi or bounce ideas: [email protected]

2. Why do you build Listen Notes?

I'm an avid podcast listener. I listen to 5+ hours podcasts everyday. I subscribe to only a few podcasts, but I couldn't listen all episodes of them -- not every episode is worth listening in the same podcast. If I'm interested in a certain topic, I would just find a lot of episodes from different podcasts about this topic, and binge listening all of them.
Think about this: In the early days of web, people bookmarked websites on their browsers and regularly visited those few websites. When Google became a verb, fewer and fewer people need to bookmark websites. We just search for web pages. Oftentimes, we don't care what websites these web pages belong to. A podcast is like a website. An episode is like a web page. I bet that the "Subscribe to a podcast then listen" model will change. Listeners will search & find individual episodes to listen, if there's a podcast search engine that actually works.
Listen Notes is yet another "I can build this in a weekend"-ish project. It was started as a side project. The more I work on it, the more I'm convinced that podcast has a bright future and Listen Notes could play an important role in the podcast movement. Podcast search engine is a humble start. You have Search first, then Maps, Docs, and Translate, then self-driving car. You know what I mean :) The next big thing will start out looking like a toy. Let's think big, start small, act fast.

3. Why there are Ads on this website? Why do you need to make money?

I'm a human being, so I need to make money to survive. Seriously, I don't have any income now and I think it won't be a bad idea to make $100/month to at least offset the server fee of Listen Notes (~$350).
If you find Listen Notes useful, you may want to buy me coffee or donate some server time to Listen Notes :)
If you have better ideas for monetization, or you want to advertise on this website, or you are an investor, email me: [email protected]

4. I'm a podcaster. I don't see my podcast on Listen Notes / I want you to delete my podcast from your site...

If you don't see your podcast on Listen Notes, please tell me by filling this form: Submit a missing podcast.
If you don't want your podcast to be listed on Listen Notes, tell me and I'll remove your podcasts within 12 hours: [email protected]

5. What technologies do you use to build Listen Notes?

Visit ListenNotes.com on desktop browser and open JavaScript Developer Console. You'll figure out there :)

6. Do you provide API for developers to access podcast data?

I haven't built an API yet. If there's a huge demand of an API, then I'll build it. Please tell me if you are interested: [email protected]

7. What's next for Listen Notes?

Before I run out of my personal savings in a few months, I'll improve the core search feature as much as possible. If I figure out how to extend my runway (e.g., better monetization or getting funding), then I'll start exploring some community features (e.g., Goodreads for podcasts). I wrote a blog post on this topic.
Again, if you want to support the development of Listen Notes, you can donate some server time to Listen Notes.

8. Are you raising money now?

Yes. If you are an investor and you are interested in the podcast space, email me: [email protected]. I've got a pitch deck ready to send your way :)

Updated: 2017-11-19

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