LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO
FOUNDERS: SACHIN KHANNA, LARRY GUTERMAN
INVESTMENT: 2016 - PRESENT
While new forms of communication are increasingly being innovated and adopted, voice-to-voice connection will always be the most human and meaningful exchange.
SonicCloud's mission is to advance human communication through personalization, advances in digital signal processing and sonic clarity.
The company's revolutionary telephony app moves mobile phone calls into the 21st century. For the first time every phone call can be perfectly calibrated for an individual's unique Hearing Fingerprint - across 10 sonic dimensions.
While SonicCloud will touch individuals directly through its telephony app, the company is also collaborating with strategic partners to connect people who require elevated sonic solutions.
"SonicCloud is a game changer. It provides unparalleled user controls capable of enriching sound for people with mild to severe hearing loss as well as those without hearing loss who can benefit from enhanced audibility in difficult listening situations. The hearing fingerprint assessment is user friendly and engaging, providing customizable quality to fit the listener's unique needs. If you have difficulty hearing on your smart phone, try the SonicCloud solution." - Jody Winzelberg, Fmr Chief of Audiology, Stanford Children's Health.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Sachin Khanna (Chief Executive Officer)
Raised in New Delhi, India, Sachin followed his dream of being a technology entrepreneur and moved to San Francisco in the early 90s.
After receiving his degree in Electrical Engineering, Sachin pursued a successful career spanning 20+ years in engineering, business development, executive management and board roles working with multi-billion dollar corporations and technology start-ups. Previous firms include Synopsys and Altera.
He has served as CEO of SonicCloud since 2015. After his first meeting with Larry Guterman (SonicCloud's co-founder), Sachin recognized the everyday communication challenges faced by people with hearing loss. His vision for SonicCloud is to make a rich hearing experience accessible and affordable for the hearing impaired.
Larry Guterman (Chief Customer Officer)
Larry brings vast experience as a successful Hollywood feature-film director to bear on making "Accessibility Accessible" for SonicCloud customers.
In addition to an AB in Physics from Harvard, where he worked on the Harvard Lampoon after attending MIT in his freshman year, Larry holds an MA in Film from USC. He was personally selected by Steven Spielberg to direct DreamWorks' flagship interactive computer game, "Gooosebumps", straight out of film school. He then went on to direct highly profitable films for Warner Bros. ("Cats & Dogs") and DreamWorks ("Antz"as co-director).
While developing his film career, Larry also poured his creative energies into SonicCloud. Having significant hearing loss since he was a college student, Larry knew first-hand the frustrations of hearing impairment, especially on business calls. He teamed up with world-class developers to craft SonicCloud, a solution that nobody else thought was possible. He ensures that the product meets or exceeds the needs of individuals with hearing loss, so they can enjoy unfettered communication and connection.