One summer day in 2008, Margo Brandano was distraught over a discussion with her daughter. As she drove home to New Hampshire after a visit to New York, she had a strong desire to be comforted by the sound of her late parents’ voices.
A few days later, she attended a funeral; another friend was brought to tears by the loss of the deceased friend’s laugh. Margo began to wonder if there was a service or a product that could record a voice and preserve it forever.
Ideally, a person would record their voice with a cell phone, house phone, or online; family members and friends could then listen to that recording when they needed to be comforted, even if the original recorder was no longer living.
Margo began to discuss her idea of voice archiving with friends and technology specialists; she was surprised to learn that such a service did not yet exist.
Margo and her husband, Al Brandano, organized an advisory board of diverse C-level executives from AIG, EMC, and other multi-national corporations to explore the possibility of a phone based archive that allowed access over an extended period of time.
Within a year, Margo, Al, and their friend Eric Peterson, an experienced technology professional, opened a small office in downtown Exeter, NH.
Working hard with a multi-faceted team of programmers, they developed the telephone and web system that will ensure the security and features necessary to make Remembered Voices and The Voice Library a reality. Margo hopes that, with the help of a sponsor, this service will be provided to all deployed US troops.
In 2010, Remembered Voices renamed their service The Voice Library.