We don't just want to make speakers. We want to make listening easy. At Dio, we’re excited about the power of audio. With audio, you can connect to the world without ever having to spare your eyes, your attention, or even your time. You can listen in the shower, listen while driving, listen alongside chores…really, you can listen anywhere, at any time, and with anyone. And at Dio, we’ve finally made it simple to unlock the full power of audio by giving you the ability to listen in one place or many, through one speaker or many, all in an affordable and easy way. Mission Our mission is to make it easy to listen, which is why our products are affordable, simple, and empowering. Dio started from the idea that even the simplest speakers should be able to connect together wirelessly. With our products, you can tailor your listening experience to your personal routine, your household, and your content Vision Speakers anywhere you want them. Most current speaker solutions assume you’re listening in only one place, but we want to offer a better way to listen. We’re working toward a future where a speaker stops being the single focal point for all of your audio playback and instead becomes one of many access points in your life to the content you love. Our Story 2017 Inspiration Founder Akarsh Vinod starts getting into podcasts and audiobooks 2018 Bluetooth Frustration Frustrated with the limitations of Bluetooth speakers and headphones, Akarsh searches for a better way to listen 2019 Audio Solution Akarsh gets tired of searching and starts to think up what he'd want to see in an audio solution November 2019 UCLA Anderson’s Product Innovation Challenge Akarsh forms a team to enter UCLA Anderson’s Product Innovation Challenge with an idea to put sound anywhere in your home and makes it to the finals April 2020 First Prototype Dio’s first concept prototype is made from a Raspberry Pi and a speaker October 2020 Concept Sketches First concept sketches of the Dio Node are made December 2020 Website Launch Dio's website goes live January 2021 Apple Partnership Dio partners with Apple to build the first affordable AirPlay-2 speakers February 2021 Mailing List Milestone Dio gets its first 200 mailing list subscribers August 2021 Product Development Launch Product development of the Dio Node is kicked off with our manufacturing partner November 2021 First Production Samples The first production samples of the Dio Node arrive January 2022 Final Production Samples Dio Node’s final production samples arrive, beta testing begins, and the manufacturing design is finalized April 2022 Indiegogo Launch Indiegogo campaign for Dio Node begins Fall 2022 Dio Node Released First shipment of Dio Nodes sent out to customers Our Values 1. Be a Customer – If we don’t want to use our products, why should our customers? We always put customer needs first by being our own guinea pigs. 2. Fail Fast, Not Hard – We experiment, see what works, and pivot if it doesn’t. Leave the rabbit hole to Alice. 3. Refine the Idea – We want Dio’s products to make listening easy and accessible for everyone, so no matter what changes and decisions we make we’re moving closer to our mission. 4. Committed Work, Not a Committed Life – We put tons of energy and effort into Dio, but audio is just one part of our lives. We’re here to sell our customers a great product, not a lifestyle. 5. Have Fun and Learn – Audio doesn’t have to be so serious, and neither do we. We want to make customers happy and have fun doing it! Meet the Team Akarsh Founder, CEO As a drummer, Akarsh is passionate about music as much as he is about his audiobooks and podcasts. He earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. After several years of work experience in manufacturing, ranging from automotive to consumer electronics, Akarsh has been applying his skillset to bring the Dio Node to life. Akarsh has been using his Dio speakers lately to catch up on Dungeons & Daddies. Caroline Brand Manager Originally from Washington, DC, Caroline is pursuing an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. As Dio’s brand manager, Caroline handles all thinking marketing and messaging, making sure the world knows what Dio is all about and getting audio enthusiasts excited about the opportunities. When she’s not in class or at the beach, Caroline is using her Dio speakers to listen to everything from Maggie Rogers to Stevie Wonder to SAINt JHN. Katherine Web Developer Katherine is currently an undergraduate Computer Science Major at UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. She manages the design and development of the website to bring Dio's brand to life. Katherine loves finding new opportunities to develop her technical and creative skills. When she's not working, Katherine is probably vibing to some hyperpop or drawing.