Waiting On The World To Change

36-city voice/AI tour kicks off with sold-out San Jose gathering next week; Voicebot interview now live


It's hard to beat the system, when we're standing at a distance.
So we keep waiting - waiting! - waiting on the world to change.


As I’ve discussed multiple times here in This Week In Voice VIP, I will hit the road beginning next week for Project Voice: Coast to Coast.

Attendees will receive an exclusive printed copy of 2021’s 50 Voice/AI Companies To Watch, a Project Voice Media Group publication which will be exclusive to this tour. Each of the 36 dates, I’ll choose 10 particular companies to highlight and discuss, based on attendees present.

The venues are all restaurants with heated outdoor seating. It is well understood one of any number of issues could prevent our first-choice restaurant from hosting us, and therefore registered attendees (in Eventbrite) will be notified of any changes in advance. These changes, as they occur, may or may not be made public.

We won’t be eating together during the gathering, but attendees are encouraged to patronize these restaurants. Many, such as the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Los Angeles, made famous for this recent emotional video which went viral, have struggled to survive.



The tour itself leads up to Project Voice 2021 - the #1 event for voice tech and AI in America - heralding the return of the in-person conference.

The how and the why of Project Voice: Coast to Coast, as well as some thoughts on the return of in-person events in 2021, are fully explored in my interview with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella which published earlier today.



Each of the next 36 publications of this newsletter will be from the 36 cities listed below, dispatches containing interviews, news, and other commentary from the road.

If you want to join us, we’d love to see you out there.

If you’re comfortable at home, then maybe another time.

Happy new year to you, either way.



San Jose, CA - January 11 - Barebottle Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA - January 12 - Fable

Los Angeles, CA - January 13 - Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill

Phoenix, AZ - January 14 - CiBO Pizzeria

Miami, FL - January 18 - Glass and Vine

Tampa, FL - January 19 - Cafe Dufrain

Orlando, FL - January 20 - The Stubborn Mule

Jacksonville, FL - January 21 - Hoptinger Bier and Sausage House

Portland, OR - January 25 - OK Omens

Seattle, WA - January 26 - Lady Jaye

Spokane, WA - January 27 - Prohibition

Boise, ID - January 28 - Cloud 9 Brewery

Salt Lake City, UT - February 8 - East Liberty Tap House

Denver, CO - February 9 - Acova

Cheyenne, WY - February 10 - Accomplice Beer Company

Omaha, NE - February 11 - Jackson Street Tavern

Boston, MA - February 22 - Hamilton Restaurant and Bar

New York City, NY - February 23 - Royale

Newark, NJ - February 24 - The Fox and Falcon

Philadelphia, PA - February 25 - Frankford Hall

Washington, DC - February 26 - The Royal

Minneapolis, MN - March 8 - The Block

Milwaukee, WI - March 9 - Oak Barrel Public House

Chicago, IL - March 10 - Homeslice

St. Louis, MO - March 11 - The Clover and The Bee

Nashville, TN - March 12 - The Pharmacy

Memphis, TN - March 15 - The Beauty Shop

Jackson, MS - March 16 - The Pig and Pint

New Orleans, LA - March 17 - Tito's Ceviche and Pisco

Dallas, TX - March 18 - Truck Yard

Houston, TX - March 19 - Axelrad Beer Garden

Detroit, MI - March 29 - Motor City Brewing Works

Columbus, OH - March 30 - Milestone 229

Cleveland, OH - March 31 - Luxe Kitchen and Lounge

Cincinnati, OH - April 1 - Incline Public House

Louisville, KY - April 2 - Cask Southern Kitchen and Bar