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Lavalamp is a news curation platform with context and brief audio summaries so you can stay informed while you get on with your day.

Lavalamp
Founded:2023
Team Size:4
Location:San Francisco
Group Partner:Michael Seibel

Active Founders

Flynn Traeger

Software engineer by training but cut my teeth in headhunting so can't stop talking to people. Ex-Stanford rower. 2x All-American. I now chunk the internet into 2-3min audio clips.

Flynn Traeger
Flynn Traeger
Lavalamp

Bryn Hughes

Stanford CS 2023 grad with previous research in ASL translation with LLMs and model design.

Bryn Hughes
Bryn Hughes
Lavalamp

Moe Khalil

Founder at Slingshot (S23) - Stanford CS '23

Moe Khalil
Moe Khalil
Lavalamp

Porter Weisberg

Previously a C.S. major and all-academic rower at Stanford, and has been building startups since.

Porter Weisberg
Porter Weisberg
Lavalamp

Company Launches

Problem

Every day brings more content than the last, but the hours in our day remain the same. The relentless flood of information can overwhelm even the most dedicated content consumers, making it challenging to stay informed without getting lost in the noise.

Solution

Today, we’re launching Lavalamp with our first topic: daily tech news. Our mission is simple. Lower the barrier to consuming long-form content. Join us in redefining how you stay up-to-date with the world. With Lavalamp, you’re just a click away from the pulse of the day. And we're just getting started.

Features

Carefully selected stories: Lavalamp surfaces top content from sites including X, Medium, Hacker News, Substack, and more.

Brief audio summaries: By condensing a vast ocean of information into a few minutes of engaging audio, you get to stay informed, stay ahead, and save time.

Context (our favourite): Each article contains background information on the topic and its content, along with a quick description. This allows you to go into each article with all the base knowledge you need to understand it or to skip it entirely!

Transparent sourcing: Every clip has links back to the source, along with images of the original article, so your brain can quickly rank its relevance according to your personal preferences.

Semantic rabbit holes: Lavalamp connects every story to related ones, enabling deep dives into varied narratives and never-ending rabbit holes, free from any single news outlet's agenda.

Founder favourites:

Flynn: What makes an album great

Moe: How Chamberlain Coffee is ‘growing up’ with its founder

Porter: The “10x engineer:" 50 years ago and now

Bryn: Rise of the Forever Lean Startup

We listen to Lavalamp daily to consume what we need and leave the rest. We’re really excited by how it’s changing the way we discover and consume content on the internet. As a group, we’ve racked up over 24 hours of listening while we’ve been building it, so we are excited for y’all to try it and let us know your thoughts!

Current categories

Coming Soon

  • Upload your own content
  • More content!
    • Let us know what you’d like to see/hear
  • Profiles
    • Save articles for later
    • Retain your queue between sessions
    • Get tailored recommendations
    • Improved rabbit holes
  • Better voices

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