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Is Your Brand's Voice, Male, Female, Human or Mineral?

tvoSeptember 11, 2017
“And gender represents just one dimension of voice branding[.] David Ciccarelli founder and chief executive of voice-over marketplace[:] ‘There’s accent, age, tone, personality… these are all considerations we find companies are more conscious of now than ever before,’ he said.”


Voice-Activated AI is the Future – But Only in the Right Context

tvoAugust 23, 2017
“While synthetic voices have been around for a long time — they’ve been used for years on television, public transport and on customer service telephone lines — voice-activated AI has taken longer to find its way into the mainstream.”


Term Sheet — Thursday, Aug. 10

tvoAugust 10, 2017
“, which is backed by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, agreed to acquire, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based website that hires celebrities for voice-overs. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.”


Morgan Stanley-Backed to Buy

tvoAugust 9, 2017
“, which is backed by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, has agreed to acquire California-based, a website that hires celebrities for voice-overs. No financial terms were disclosed.”

London, Ont.-Based Acquires California-Based Rival

tvoAugust 9, 2017
“Reversing the news you might expect from this type of announcement, a Canadian online business is expanding its operations by purchasing its U.S. counterpart." to acquire

tvoAugust 9, 2017
“‘The acquisition will create a new paradigm for the process of securing voice talent across the globe,’ says CEO and founder, David Ciccarelli. ‘Years of customer feedback and an ongoing commitment to continue to revolutionize the voice over industry has resulted in this transaction. Acquiring will see strengthening relationships in the community and further delivering on the evolving needs of clients and talent alike.’” to Acquire


FINSMESAugust 13, 2017
“, a London, Canada-based online marketplace for audio and voice over products and services, is to acquire, an online platform for casting and project management workflow.”


Term Sheet


FortuneAugust 10, 2017
“, which is backed by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, agreed to acquire, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based website that hires celebrities for voice-overs. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.” Acquires


CNBCAugust 9, 2017
“Combined, and will address all segments of the market and include all engagement types from animation dubbing to global television spots to podcasts to gaming. While operating as separate platforms, will immediately benefit from’s deep investment in its technology and systems.” Acquires


CantechAugust 9, 2017
“, the largest global online marketplace for audio and voice over products and services, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, a leading online platform for casting and project management workflow utilized by more than 1,600 of the top global advertising agencies, casting directors and creative, television and film production studios.”


London-based acquires California based


Bus LondonAugust, 8 2017
“London-based has tightened its grip on the global voiceover market by buying an indirect competitor, the company announced Wednesday. On the heels of an $18-million investment by banking giant Morgan Stanley, the downtown firm has acquired – which is used by more than 1,600 ad agencies, casting directors and TV/film studios.” Raises $18 million to Scale Global Operations for 200,000-Strong Voice Actor Network

tvoJuly 12, 2017
“London-based, a global voice-over marketplace, has just raised an $18 million growth round from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. [. . .] In a statement, noted that its platform has enabled over 250,000 transactions to date. The company’s users leverage its site to complete projects that require voiceovers such as documentaries, animation, film, radio, and video games.” Lands $18 Million Investment from Morgan Stanley

tvoJuly 12, 2017
“London’s has raised a $18 million growth round from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. is the leading online platform connecting global buyers of audio and voice-over products and services with the largest online selection of over 200,000 voice actors representing over 100 languages and dialects. The round represents’s first institutional investment since its founding in 2005.” London Firm Has Netted an $18-Million Investment From a Global Bank, and Plans to Stay Right Here

tvoJuly 12, 2017
“ has secured one of the biggest investments in the London tech industry’s history, US$18 million from a global venture capitalist. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital’s investment in the company, which represents voice-over talent worldwide, will spark major growth — and’s owners plan to do it in London.”


How Voicebots Will Free Us From Our Screens

tvoJune 21, 2017
“With the release of Apple’s HomePod, unveiled at WWDC 2017, the race has officially started — we are all waiting to see who will win as the leader in the voice-activated intelligent speaker market. And while the early adopters get to work integrating these devices into their lives and the late adopters drag their heels because of security fears, we might all still agree that this trend toward voice-activated technology is not showing any signs of slowing down.”


Why Emotional Intelligence is Key for Project Success

tvoMay 5, 2017
“At, a company that connects businesses with professional voice talent, HR director Kaitlyn Apfelbeck said that high EQ isn't necessarily required for employees who work independently, but that ‘EQ is necessary for success when others depend on you or are required to work closely with you.’"


Accelerator Making Windsor Entrepreneurial Launch (and Landing) Pad

tvoMay 1, 2017
“, begun as a husband and wife team in 2004, recently moved its more than 100 employees to a new world headquarters in downtown London. With more than 1,000 new tech jobs added last year, Brown said his city is now home to about 11,000 in the sector, double the figure of just five years ago.”


How Do You Grow from a Successful Business to a Mega Successful Business?

tvoApril 7, 2017
“I have an interview today with a founder whose company I profiled back in 2014. The company was big back then but it’s grown and I want to know how. Origin stories are always interesting but I want to hear about growth. David Ciccarelli is the founder of, an online marketplace for voice-over professionals.”


How to Prevent Discrimination from Taking Root in Your Online Biz

tvoApril 3, 2017
“The kind of hurt that discrimination causes runs deep, and can take a long, long time to heal. Whether or not a company founder envisioned their platform would be used that way or not doesn’t matter. What’s important is to realize that business owners do have a responsibility to be stewards of a marketplace that’s free from discrimination, whenever they are able to.”


London Left Behind?

tvoFebruary 27, 2017
“Decisions made in boardrooms thousands of kilometres away have left some feeling their fate is out of their hands. The Agenda looks at the effects of major job loss [...], how automation plays a role, and how communities such as London can bring back autonomy to people in an age of precarious work.”


Are You Hearing

Computer AmericaFebruary 27, 2017
“The company was founded by David Ciccarelli and Stephanie Ciccarelli who mapped out the idea for a global voice-over marketplace on a napkin at their kitchen table. is the largest online voice-over marketplace in the world. 200,000 talent from around the globe, speaking over 100 languages and dialects, are connected daily to the job opportunities posted by 200,000 clients.”


So You're a Startup CEO? In Fact, Your Job Is More That of 'Chief Myth-Buster.'

EntrepreneurFebruary 24, 2017
“I find an increasing need for the voice of reason -- the need for someone to clarify points or summarize ideas so that all may be assured that, as it’s often phrased, “Everyone is on the same page.” Traditionally, this role has rested with the meeting leader or the most senior individual according to the organizational chart of your growing startup. If you’re the CEO, that person would be you.”


Four Reasons You Failed To Reach Your Potential Last Year (And How To Fix It)

ForbesFebruary 10, 2017
“In personal and professional development, it's my belief that everyone has a seed of success within them. It's also true that few ever realize their potential for success. Here are four reasons why this occurs -- and how you can apply some simple truths to experience your own breakthrough”


London Firm’s ‘Secret Sauce’ is Matching Clients Worldwide with Exactly the Sound They’re After

ForbesJanuary 18, 2017
“Spread out in chic new downtown headquarters, is on track to grow by 50 per cent this year as it pushes further into global markets.”


Trends Report: How the Media and Advertising Landscape is Shifting in 2017

Yahoo! FinanceJanuary 4, 2017
“ has released their look at the media and advertising trends that will dominate over the next year. The 2017 Trends Report illuminates how the North American media and advertising landscape is shifting - as told by the voice over industry.”


Signs it’s Time to Move Your Office

The Huffington PostJanuary 4, 2017
“There comes a time in every start-up’s life when you’ve outgrown your space. It could be because you’re hiring to explore new markets, ramp up sales or conquer technical challenges. Whatever the reason, you need to hire people. And, people need space to work from. But when is the right time to move?”


How Your Sales Quotes Could Be Jeopardizing Business (And How to Help Fix It)

The Huffington PostDecember 6, 2016
“[Even] after you’ve established strong relationships and have built your client base, there are still little nuances to be aware of. Taking established accounts for granted and making assumptions that your company is the service provider of choice, or that your chain of communication ends at your key contact, can be a grave mistake.”


Five Game-Changing Consumer Trends

The Huffington PostOctober 27, 2016
“Audio engineer David Ciccarelli and his wife Stephanie designed the first version of the website to help local small businesses hire voice actors. Soon after the start-up’s debut, independent voice actors from other provinces (including French-speaking Quebecers) and even American actors sent their voices to be aggregated on the platform.’s success was launched!”


London and Area Works,

The Huffington PostOctober 24, 2016
“It started out as an idea, written on a napkin. Now, eleven years later, is a marketplace where [voice actors] find has over 200,000 clients worldwide.”


10X Thinking Will Help You Grow Faster

The Huffington PostOctober 21, 2016
“In growth companies, the role of leaders at all levels of the organization is to develop action plans that support the overall corporate strategy. Carrying out these action plans is often referred to as the execution. But just how is execution measured? How can you be sure you fulfill the task assigned?”


How Small Businesses Can Do Branding Like the Big Guys

The Huffington PostOctober 17, 2016
“When you’re throwing around ideas for names, logos and colour schemes, don’t commit to anything until you’ve lived with it for a while. This is especially true when choosing a business moniker. Bury points out that a brand name has to work in many contexts—as a URL, a searchable company name and something that sounds right when spoken out loud—and shouldn’t be so complicated that you’re spelling it out for people.”


Meet Einstein: Artificial Intelligence the Centerpiece of Dreamforce This Year

The Huffington PostOctober 6, 2016
“David Ciccarelli, CEO of and longtime Salesforce user, says that humans aren’t the best at determining which data is actionable. This is because almost all data is actionable, but it’s rarely obvious which action to take. Software like Einstein, which has looked through the data of millions of companies, already knows the answer before a human can even ask the question.”


How to Make the Banks Do Your Bidding

The Huffington PostSeptember 15, 2016
“When husband and wife duo David and Stephanie Ciccarelli were rebranding their young voice talent firm in 2004—then called Interactive Voices—from a physical studio to an online marketplace, they found the perfect domain name: The URL carried with it six years of credibility and search power, with an organic influx of traffic that would allow the Ciccarellis to stop paying for online advertising. The cost: $30,000, which the Ciccarellis did not have.”


'Five Nights At Freddy's Sister Location' Leak Reveals Animatronic Voice Clip And Cast

The Huffington PostAugust 16, 2016
“Five Nights At Freddy’s Sister location details have leaked in the form of a new character voice clip that wasn’t intended for release. We also have a list of actors that could be part of the game’s cast. Clever snoopers on the Five Nights At Freddy’s Reddit page discovered the assets on Scott Cawthon’s Voices.Com profile. There, about a dozen actors left positive reviews after working with the franchise developer.”


7 Phone Interview Tips to Get You Ahead

The Huffington PostAugust 1, 2016
“The beauty of a phone interview is that you can have notes with you, said Kaitlyn Apfelbeck, human resources manager at, a voiceover marketplace. Review the job description thoroughly before the interview; make notes so you can talk about the experiences you have that align with the requirements and expectations of the role. Even if it is a phone screen, you will want to sound intelligent about the opportunity and company.”


Why and How to Develop Resilience As an Entrepreneur

The Huffington PostJuly 29, 2016
“Resilience—the ability to either overcome challenges or bounce back from setbacks —is huge in the world of startups. As the CEO and cofounder of a growing company, I’ve learned that many entrepreneurs face similar challenges, such as finances and building business relationships. I’ve also learned the hard way while building that there’s no way to avoid these challenges.”


9 Tips to Writing Emails Under the Influence. Of Anger.

The Huffington PostJuly 29, 2016
“There are few greater mood-killers than seeing a nasty email hit your inbox. Unpleasant email communications can deplete both your time and your energy, but are something we are all forced to deal with (hopefully only) on occasion.”


How Can I Make Money with My Voice

The Huffington PostJuly 26, 2016
“There are websites, such as, that work internationally and anyone in the world can get work through them for all sorts of audio projects, from cartoons to ads and documentaries. They are straightforward to do, you can put them together in your spare time and you can even do it in a spare cupboard!”


Stock Media Buyers Guide

The Huffington PostJuly 20, 2016
“You’ve got everything together and it looks and sounds great. It’s informative, professional and has the right feeling, but the information just isn’t landing quite how you hoped it would. Lower thirds can only carry a video so far. What you may need is a good narration to tie off the project just right. has a great library of professional voice actors and actresses who can send you custom auditions based off of your script or examples of their previous work.” Needs Room to Grow

The Huffington PostJune 29, 2016
“A “wild ride” has driven one of London’s fastest growing tech businesses into a new downtown home., about a year after renewing a lease at its Dufferin Street office, has inked a deal to move to the Bell building at 100 Dundas St. to accommodate the need for more space.”


12 Ways to a Buzzworthy Instagram Account for Your Business

The Huffington PostJune 15, 2016
“We realized that our main audience on Instagram was our employees and potential future employees. With this knowledge, we began to feature the staff more, tag them in photos, and capture photos around the office.”


15 Actors Who Should’ve Won an Oscar for Their Voice Work

San Antonio CurrentJune 13, 2016
“Earlier this year, Stephanie Ciccarelli, co-founder and chief brand officer of, told that she thought the creation of a voice acting category was within reach.”


Is Your Office A Place Where People Actually Want To Work?

ForbesJune 3, 2016
“Every company has reason to re-evaluate their office layout from time to time. From accommodating growth through office expansion to remodeling your space with the goal of increasing productivity, you hold the power to transform your work environment into a place that inspires and equips your team to be the best they can be.”


House of Commons, Statements by Members

House of CommonsMay 18, 2016
“There is [. . .], the world's number one voice-over marketplace. Every day, connects companies with voice-over talent from around the world. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the chief brand officer, Stephanie Ciccarelli, and her enthusiastic team. The company has recently surpassed the 100 employee mark and this number will rise to 200 in just a few short months. Innovation and technology are thriving in London. I am excited for this continued growth which will result in well-paying jobs in a creative and dynamic industry.”


How to Reach Clients’ Ears in the U.S. Market

PROFIT 500May 2, 2016
“When it came to expanding the business internationally, the company’s business model gave it a natural advantage. “We’re an online marketplace, so the world was open to us already,” says Ciccarelli. The site offers recordings in over 100 languages, and this year it hired an export manager for Latin American and Asia-Pacific to deal with increasing international traffic. “Over 80% of our customers are actually from the States,” Ciccarelli explains, attributing the massive client base to the country’s giant entertainment industry.”


Louder by the Day

Business LondonMay 2, 2016
“Five years ago, there were 17 people to accommodate at the huddle. Today there are 101. By the end of next year, there could be 300. And by the end of 2018, if things go according to the company’s ambitious plans, there will be 400. By then, they won’t all be working in London, but the majority certainly will be, and the huddle might start to look more like Friday night at Rock the Park.”


Seven Tips For Training New Developers

ForbesApril 15, 2016
“Getting new devs familiar with the existing code base, with all its elements, is a steep learning curve. Start with a simple problem that will allow them to focus on exploring the code base and become comfortable with your processes.”


How to Get Everyone on Your Team 'Up to Speed' Really Fast

Entrepreneur.comApril 1, 2016
“When it comes to the corporate environment, I leveraged that need [for speed] by pioneering speed interviews, a twist on group interviews that gives each candidate an opportunity to be interviewed by five-to-six people for five-to-ten minutes each before rotating to the next hiring manager. The efficiency of such a practice can’t be denied, both on the part of the company and the candidates.”


How To Bridge The Gap Between Your Technology Department And The Rest Of The Company

ForbesMarch 31, 2016
“Pairing members of my tech team with representatives from other groups like Sales, Finance, or Marketing when working through specific problems, such as in a tiger team situation, allows each group to understand the needs of the others and build a sense of camaraderie.”


Company Culture at Voices Encourages Curiosity, Competitiveness

TechvibesFebruary 15, 2016
“Ever wonder where they got the guy who narrates over the Canadian Tire, Leon’s or Tim Horton’s commercials? Or how they searched for the people who do the voices of the Ninja Turtles? There’s a good chance that they were found using, which is the largest online marketplace for voice-over talent in the world.”


Why Change Doesn't Happen, and What to Do About It

Entrepreneur.comFebruary 8, 2016
“Here are the five reasons why the change you may be trying to implement doesn't happen and how to implement it better next time, just in time for a new quarter.”


Start, Stop, Continue Tutorial

ForbesFebruary 2, 2016
“People have full jobs and full to-do lists. They all know the pain points because they feel them, but for various reasons, also feel too busy to do something, that they don’t have the authority or means to initiate change, don’t fully appreciate the impact or otherwise don’t get around to it.”


4 Strategic Planning Exercises That You Should Do Annually

Entrepreneur.comJanuary 22, 2016
“[...] strategic plans draw on their companies' historical data, institutional knowledge and their employees' collective experience. In the end, these factors result in a robust and clear vision for how the upcoming year will play out.”


Sound Off: Is It Time for the Oscars to Honor Voice Acting?

UpvotedJanuary 14, 2016
“‘When you think of it, the question ought to be, why isn’t there a voice acting category for the Oscars?’ Stephanie Ciccarelli, cofounder and chief brand officer of the voice talent marketplace, told Upvoted. “There is a lot that goes into creating a production, including voice-over, whether it be background voices for ambience or voice talent carrying lead roles in film and animated features.”


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