Our Story

The First SpeakSake

Jim invented SpeakSake as a birthday gift for his girlfriend Ingrid. At the time, Ingrid was away getting treatment for an illness, and more than ever he wanted to give her a special gift.

He decided to give her a recording of “happy birthday” voice messages from her family and friends. He emailed Ingrid’s friends and family members and they called in with their memories, stories, jokes, and love for Ingrid. Using his degree in audio engineering, he edited the voice messages together and added special effects, creating an "audio surprise party." The first SpeakSake was born!

It was like I walked into a surprise party where everyone in my life was waiting for me. It felt like each person came up to me to tell me their favorite memories of me and how much they love me.
- Ingrid

Ingrid was blown away. When she received her SpeakSake, she was so grateful that she immediately wanted to give the same incredible experience to others. She and Jim began giving the gift to family and friends. The reaction was so overwhelming that they joined with two of their closest friends, Colin and Stephanie, in forming SpeakSake.


Cancer

SpeakSake was close to launching when we received the news: Jim was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer. The prognosis was grim, but Jim was determined to fight, and did so with his trademark humor and endless positivity. In a matter of months and against all odds, Jim beat cancer. SpeakSake launched the week we received news of Jim's remission. We've since decided to donate a portion of our sales to help cancer patients fight back.

SpeakSake is a labor of love. Our mission is to inspire love, joy, and gratitude in people around the world, one SpeakSake at a time.


SpeakSake is...

Jim Konczyk
Jim Konczyk
Stephanie Valdez
Stephanie Valdez
Ingrid Olson
Ingrid Olson
Colin Sheaff
Colin Sheaff