The Seattle Times:

In case you missed Iamsaintnick.com, the fun Christmas gift referral service started by two laid-off Seattle techies – they’re back with a Valentine’s version launching today.

Iamsaintvalentino.com does the same sort of thing: Visitors enter the phone number of their special someone, who then gets an automated call from Saint Valentino. When they describe the gifts they’d like to receive on Feb. 14, speech-to-text software they built develops a shopping list and the site offers links to Amazon.com.

It sounds simple, but it took some creativity and finesse by developers Matt Steckler, 32, and Andres Krogh, 25, who are now trying to build their voice-recognition-based gift system into a year-round business. Possibilities include white labeling the service or developing versions for birthdays or weddings.

They started the Christmas version after being laid-off from Seattle’s Haute Secure in September.

Photo by Iamsaintvalentino.com.

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