Listen Notes is a podcast search engine that actually works. It's like Google, but for
You can search 391,675
podcasts & 22,897,786
by people, places, or topics -- (almost) all podcasts you can find on the Internet.
Is 22,897,786 a big number? Is it big enough to justify the existence of a search engine?
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 11 hours ago
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:
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
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 :)
next big thing will start out looking like a toy
big, start small, act fast
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 have better ideas for monetization, or you want to advertise on this website, or you
are an investor,
email me: [email protected]
If you don't see your podcast on Listen Notes,
please tell me by filling this form: Submit
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]
You'll figure out there :)
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]
Before I run out of my personal savings in a few months, I'll improve the core search feature as much as
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
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 :)