Standardizing Voice Experiences
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The Future is Spoken presents Jon Stine as this week’s guest. 

Jon Stine is the Executive Director of The Open Voice Network (OVN), a non-profit global association dedicated to bringing the benefit of  standards to the world of artificial intelligence-enabled voice assistance.  The OVN is a Directed Fund of The Linux Foundation. 

 He brings to this role more than 30 years of global leadership in the commerce and technology industries.    

Jon’s retail industry knowledge was first shaped in the womenswear apparel business, as he headed sales of a well-known national brand to leading US department and specialty stores.   In 2000, he joined the Intel Corporation to create and head its first global outreach to the retail and consumer goods industry.   In the years that followed, he was a co-founder of the Metro Group Future Store Initiative in Germany, and the Pan-Pearl River Delta Initiative that first brought digital transparency to the China-to-US supply chain.

 He joined Cisco Systems retail-CPG consulting team in late 2006, and later headed Cisco’s North America consulting practice for retail-CPG.   In 2014, he returned to Intel as the Global Enterprise Sales General Manager for the retail, hospitality, and consumer goods industries.  He stepped away from Intel in 2019 to build The Open Voice Network.

 Through the years, Jon has worked directly with customers across the Americas, Western and Central Europe, Middle East, India, China, and Japan, as well as delivery partners in hardware, software, services, and consulting.   

 Jon resides in Portland, Oregon, USA.   

 Starting with their own experiences, they end up discussing Standardizing Voice Experiences. 

Tune in now!

Conversation Highlights:

[00:04:05]: Story of Open Voice Network Inception

-            Listen how a group of met over coffee and ended up starting open voice network. 

[00:06:39]: Voice is at the same stage as User Experience was before 2006. 

-            Jon and around 180 volunteers are working together to bring voice standards to life.  

[00:07:19]: Value of Standards 

[00:12:05] How do we make Voice trustworthy?

[00:13:29] Voice Standards needs regulation like Accessibility to empower users 

[00:16:06] What is being done to make Voice more Ethical? 

[00:17:32] Privacy and Security. How do we protect it? And what values might we promote?

[00:27:12] Voice is a crowed space, will users select Voice assistant based on Standards?

[00:33:43] Designers and Developer can all add value to Open Voice Network. 

Learn more about Jon at

-            LinkedIn

-            Open Voice Network

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