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Not to be confused with SoundCloud.
SoundHound Inc.
Privately-held company
Industry Speech Recognition / Mobile Technology
Founded September 2005; 11 years ago (2005-09)
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA, United States
Products SoundHound, Hound, Houndify
Number of employees

SoundHound Inc., founded in 2005, is an audio recognition and cognition company. It develops sound-recognition and sound-search technologies. Its feature product is a music recognition mobile app called SoundHound. In 2015, it released two new products, a voice-recognition virtual assistant mobile app called Hound and a voice-enabled developer platform called Houndify. The company’s headquarters are in Santa Clara, California.[1]


The company was founded in 2005 by Keyvan Mohajer, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford studying vocal recognition. In 2009, the company's Midomi app was rebranded as SoundHound.[2] In 2012, SoundHound announced it had over 100 million users globally.[3] In 2014, SoundHound became the first music-search product available as a wearable.[4] Later, SoundHound became the first music recognition service shipping in autos, in a partnership with Hyundai, in the new 2015 Genesis.[5] By June 2015, SoundHound had over 260 million users globally.[6]


SoundHound Inc. has raised $40 million in funding from Global Catalyst Partners, Translink Capital, Walden Venture Capital, and other investors.[7]

The company secured $7 million in a Series B funding round in October 2008, bringing total funds raised to $12 million. The round was led by TransLink Capital with the participation of JAIC America and Series A investor Global Catalyst Partners.

In 2009, it attracted additional funding from Larry Marcus at Walden Venture Capital, who had previously invested in music startups Pandora and Snocap. The $4 million funding round was led by Walden Venture Capital VII, with the participation of an unnamed device manufacturer.[8]

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Technologies involved[edit]

Companies in the same field[edit]

  • ACRCloud (Audio fingerprinting, Humming recognition)
  • Gracenote (Audio fingerprinting, Music recommendation)
  • Shazam (Audio fingerprinting)


  1. ^ May, Patrick (3 June 2013). "Siri's got nothing on SoundHound's new app". The Mercury News. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Rollison, Damian (27 January 2010). "Tune identifier SoundHound announces new version with Pandora, tour dates". Venturebeat. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "SoundHound First Music Discovery Service to Be Live on Wearables | Business Wire". Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Hyundai and Kia tap SoundHound to help you identify music in your car". Engadget. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  6. ^ della Cava, Marco (2 June 2015). "Hound styles itself as Siri or Cortana with a PhD". USA Today. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Winkler, Rolf (2 June 2015). "SoundHound App Emerges to Take On Apple and Google in Voice Search". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Wauters, Robin (25 August 2011). "Music Search Startup SoundHound Partners With Spotify For Instant Streaming". TechCrunch. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 

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