Two college students started a transcription service called Happy Subscribe
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After journalists started talking about a free transcription tool created by two Dublin students, traffic increased by such a volume that their servers crashed. The tool, now known as Happy Scribe, went from approximately 70 visitors a day and five or six transcription files queuing up, to thousands of visitors and almost 100 files in the queue for transcription. After the surge in popularity, and guidance from professors at Dublin City University, creators Marc Assens and Andre Bastié began to charge nine cents (in Euros) per transcribed minute of audio, as well as upgrading the tool in terms of the interface, algorithm, and responsivity. They’re continuing to make improvements with the aim of improving transcription, and Ren Laforme trailed Happy Scribe for Poynter.

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