Descript builds simple and powerful collaborative tools for new media creators. We strive to eliminate the tedious work that often stands between an idea and its expression, so that creators can focus on developing their craft instead of their usage of tools. Descript was founded in San Francisco in 2017.
In 2019, Descript acquired Lyrebird, which continues to operate and expand from Montreal as Descript's AI research team.
If you'd like to learn about how the company got started, we wrote a post about it. Descript has raised $20M in funding by Andreessen Horowitz and Redpoint.
The team is 40 people and growing. Visit our careers page if you think you might want to work here.
Descript starts as an internal tool for making audio tours at another startup, Detour. Eventually we realize Descript is the better idea, and spin it out as its own company, with the goal of building a next generation tool for narrative media creation.
For our first release, Descript is a cool but comparatively boring tool for single track audio editing and transcription. And a native Mac app!
We realize the native Mac app thing won't fly, so we make the suspect decision to spend the first year after we launch rewriting everything. But it pays off, giving us a web-based tech stack with collaboration built into the foundation.
We join forces with Lyrebird, a Montreal-based started that formed out of MILA and had built the most convincing voice cloning tech. The two companies complete each other.
We finally launch all the things you need to make a podcast - recording, multitrack editing, mixing, etc. Descript evolves from being a workflow tool to a creative tool.
We launch Overdub, ultra realistic text to speech voice cloning. The result of our first year working with Lyrebird. It ends up being better than we'd hoped. We make it the hallmark feature of our Pro plan.
We think of this as our 1.0: An expression of our view on what a modern audio/video creation tool should feel like.