In a bid to revolutionize the news-reading experience, Paris-based startup Capsule is unveiling an innovative app that aims to be the “Spotify for news.” Departing from the conventional news aggregator model, Capsule combines the power of AI technology with human editorial curation to transform news articles, newsletter snippets, and social media updates into easily digestible information through its user-friendly platform.
The user experience on Capsule draws parallels with popular social media apps like TikTok. The app features a vertical scrolling feed where news is presented in the form of headlines accompanied by photos or screenshots of posts from platforms like X and LinkedIn. Users can simply tap on any headline news to access a summary of the news and, if desired, tap on the link in the upper-left corner to read the full article or social post directly on the publisher’s website.
The brainchild of startup co-founders Jérôme Boé and Arthur de Villemandy, the inspiration for Capsule stems from the founders’ vision to make quality news more accessible by leveraging a network of curators. In the future, Capsule plans to organize news and information similar to Spotify’s approach to music, creating “playlists” of news and offering personalized recommendations.
Capsule sets itself apart by not aiming to replicate the typical Google News-style aggregator. According to Boé, it serves as a starting point that delves deeper into news stories. The platform employs AI to distill essential information and insights from articles, complemented by additional research from Capsule’s editorial team. Currently, the company engages a team of 10 freelancers worldwide, described as “avid readers with a unique perspective,” who contribute to content curation and seeding the app with new material—an area where AI falls short.
Boé emphasizes Capsule’s commitment to quality and relevance, focusing on content rather than metrics like social shares or likes. As he explained in an interview with TechCrunch, “It needs a nuanced, subjective approach to see if something fits our editorial ethos, which is all about trends and insights for modern leaders.” Capsule’s vision is to offer users more than a simple news aggregator, providing a comprehensive, insightful, and engaging news-reading experience.