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BoldVoice: How a Non-Native Speaker Built an App to Improve English Pronunciation (The Start-up Perfect Origin Story)

Can an App Really Improve Your English Accent?


BoldVoice founder Anada Lakra knows this challenge firsthand, and she’s here to share how it inspired a solution.


Join host Gabriel Jarrosson for the debut episode of The Lobster Talks as he interviews Anada Lakra, co-founder and CEO of BoldVoice. Discover how this AI-powered app is revolutionizing English pronunciation training for non-native speakers. Learn about Anada’s journey from immigrant to entrepreneur, the unique technology behind BoldVoice, and gain insights into building a successful startup with Y Combinator. This is a startup with the perfect origin story!




00:38 How a Non-Native Speaker Built BoldVoice to Improve Your Accent

01:07 The Accent Challenge: How BoldVoice Helps Non-Native Speakers in the US

03:40 BoldVoice: Personal Story + AI for Better English Pronunciation

08:18 How BoldVoice transforms accent training

11:40 Transform Your Accent with BoldVoice: Your “Mouth Gym”

14:08 Startup Success Secrets: Anada’s Advice on Fundraising & Hiring

18:38 Build with Customers & Get a Hollywood Accent Coach (Inside BoldVoice)

23:18 Y Combinator Success: Lessons for Startup Founders

32:46 The Do’s and Don’ts for Fundta

36:55 The Future of BoldVoice + Fundraising Tips for Entrepreneurs




Anada Lakra is the Co-founder and CEO of BoldVoice. BoldVoice is an AI-powered app that helps non-native English speakers improve their pronunciation and confidence in English, with videos from Hollywood accent coaches and instant AI feedback. Backed by Y Combinator, BoldVoice has been recognized as a top EdTech company by Forbes, and is in the top 100 Education apps on the Apple App Store with over a million global downloads. Before BoldVoice, Anada was a product leader at McKinsey, Peloton, and other high-growth companies. She graduated from Yale University and Harvard Business School, and was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education.




Website → https://www.boldvoice.com/

LinkedIn → https://www.linkedin.com/company/boldvoice/

LinkedIn → https://www.linkedin.com/in/anadalakra/

Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/boldvoiceapp/

YouTube → https://www.youtube.com/c/BoldVoiceAmericanAccentCoaching

TikTok → https://www.tiktok.com/@boldvoiceapp


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Gabriel Jarrosson is a seasoned investor and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in the startup space and the General Partner of Lobster Capital. He has invested over $25M in Y Combinator startups.  Having sold three of his own startups, he shares his expertise in his books “My Investor Secrets” and “Investing in Startups: x100 or Nothing.”



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