👓 Podcasts startup Luminary launches with $100m of funding | Music Ally

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Another day, another podcasts startup attracting significant investment, amid the wider excitement around the spoken-word format. This time it’s a Los Angeles-based startup called Luminary, which is launching a slate of more than 40 podcasts including the likes of Lena Dunham, Malcolm Gladwell, Trevor Noah and Conan O’Brien as hosts. What’s more, the New York Times reports that Luminary has already secured nearly $100m of funding.

Its CEO Matt Sacks certainly has all the right lines when it comes to signifying ambitions, too. ‚ÄúWe want to become synonymous with podcasting in the same way Netflix has become synonymous with streaming,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI know how ambitious that sounds. We think it can be done, and some of the top creators in the space agree.‚ÄĚ

The way Luminary has gone after some of the most prominent podcasters to create their next shows for its company mirrors what Spotify is doing ‚Äď there‚Äôs something of a land-grab going on for anyone who‚Äôs proven their ability to engage listeners with this format. Luminary isn‚Äôt just a producer though: it‚Äôs launching its own app, which will offer an $8 monthly subscription for ad-free access to its entire lineup. The app will also have an ad-supported free section.

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