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Dio

Audio Made Simple

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.