MPA16 Finalists: An interview with Mimi Hearing’s Philipp Skribanowitz

In our latest in our series of interviews with our wonderful MPA16 finalists we chat to Mimi Hearing Test’s

Philipp Skrianowitz  about smart solutions, funding and technology.

App Summary: Mimi is a service that provides the user with the best personalized sound by undertaking a 2-12 minute hearing test which provides an extensive overview of your hearing capabilities.

Tell us a bit about your background, how did you get into mobile technology?

I have a mechanical engineering, human-centred-design and business innovation background. While teaching at the University of St. Gallen I got started with Corporate Innovation, which then lead me to company building with Christophe Maire at Atlantic Labs. My passion lies in applying technology/smart solutions to real problems. My engineering background was always challenging, but sometimes it was hard to see an immediate tangible benefit. Mimi combines both, a real need and a scalable solution enabled through mobile technology.

Why did you develop the app? What was the need behind it?

Mimi is a service that provides you the best sound personalized to you.The ‘Mimi Hearing Test’ App gives you an extensive overview about your hearing capabilities. First results are available after 2 min. the full test only takes 12 min. and can be done in the comfort of your home. Within a few months, Mimi became the #1 hearing test on iOS.

Taking sound to a complete new level, the ‘Mimi Music’ App was launched last winter and adds clarity and sparkle to your music. It is inspired by the function of the healthy human ear and provides you a unique music experience.

How many users do you have and where are they located?

Both apps are localized in 14 different languages which means, our users are spread out over the globe. Within in the last year we helped around 300k people to engage with their hearing and start their journey to better sound with us.

Who was involved in the building of the app, what were their roles?

Our apps use best in class audio processing based on years of extensive research experience from Mimi Co-Founder Dr. Nick Clark. The Mimi Hearing Test was build by a team of highly skilled and interdisciplinary scientist, designers, developers and business innovators.

Have you received funding for further development?

Mimi Hearing Technologies is backed by an international group of investors from Europe, Silicon Valley, New York, Hong Kong and Japan including Joanne Wilson (NYC), Christophe Maire (Berlin), Scentan Ventures and Horizons Ventures.

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