Voice Assistant for Veterinarians Startup Talkatoo Closes Oversubscribed Funding Round


Dictation for veterinarians startup Talkatoo has closed an oversubscribed funding round for an undisclosed sum led by Klick Ventures. The company provides dictation software for animal health professionals of all stripes, offering a new facet of the larger trend for using voice AI in healthcare.

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Ellipsis Health raises $26M for Behavioral Health Voice Testing

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Depression and anxiety voice test developer Ellipsis Health has closed a $26 million Series A funding round led by SJF Ventures. The startup uses voice tech and AI to measure signs of behavioral health and help screen for those who may need counseling and other care before they even visit a professional.

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Observe.AI acquires conversational analytics startup ScopeAI

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Enterprise transcription and contact center AI platform Observe.AI has acquired conversational analytics startup ScopeAI for an undisclosed sum. ScopeAI’s team and tech will become part of Observe, augmenting its conversational intelligence services.

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Lovo AI raises $4.5M for Synthetic Voice Generator and Marketplace

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Synthetic voice startup Lovo has closed a $4.5 million pre-Series A funding round led by Kakao Entertainment, as first reported by TechCrunch. Lovo offers a platform for those looking to find or create AI-generated speech based on real people’s voices, which the company refers to as voice skins.  The new funding gives the startup a boost as tools for synthetic speech proliferate at an accelerating rate.

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Algolia raises $150M to scale AI APIs


Search API developer Algolia has closed a $150 million Series D funding round led by Lone Pine Capital. The investment pegged Algolia’s value at $2.25 billion, pushing well into so-called unicorn territory, and accounts for more than half of the $315 million Algolia has raised since it was founded nearly a decade ago.

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Financial Conversational AI startup Kasisto raises $15.5M


Conversational AI developer Kasisto has closed a $15.5 million Series C funding round led by Naples Technology Vendors and NCR Corporation. Kasisto is best known for creating the KAI platform for integrating digital assistants with banking and financial service providers, will use the new funding to keep up with demand in an increasingly valuable and competitive facet of enterprise AI.

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Voiceflow Closes $20M Funding Round to Extend Conversational AI Platform


Voice app design and prototyping startup Voiceflow has closed a $20 million Series A funding round led by Felicis Ventures. The company’s platform supports thousands of voice apps across many platforms and is working to expand its enterprise clientele with additional features and tools.

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Kitchen voice AI platform Tinychef acquires meal-planning app Zelish

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Voice-first culinary AI startup Tinychef (formerly Klovechef) has begun acquiring meal-planning app Zelish for an undisclosed sum. The India-based Tinychef will augment its current features with its Canadian acquisition’s own innovations while scooping up Zelish’s customer base and opening the door to accelerating its growth in North America beyond what was previously feasible.

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Zoom acquires digital contact center Five9 for $14.7B

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Zoom has revealed that it will purchase cloud contact center Five9 for $14.7 billion in stock. The acquisition will bring Five9’s enterprise digital contact center to Zoom’s communication suite, including the AI call center agents Five9 picked up by acquiring Inference Solutions in late 2020.

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Synthetic Speech startup WellSaid Labs raises $10M


Seattle-based synthetic speech technology startup WellSaid Labs has closed a $10 million Series A funding round led by FUSE. WellSaid offers brands and enterprise clients a text-to-speech platform performed by their choice of artificially generated voices and styles, a service in increasing demand as the synthetic voices improve.

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Samsung debuts Bixby-Enabled Robot Vacuum Cleaner/ Pet Sitter

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Samsung has launched a new voice-controlled robotic vacuum cleaner that can also serve as a pet sitter using a combination of advanced sensors and AI. The new Bespoke Jet Bot AI+ connects to the Samsung Bixby voice assistant to interact with owners, accept commands, and serve as a kind of mobile smart speaker that will also share news and weather updates upon request.

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Hotel voice assistant developer Angie Hospitality acquired by long-time partner Nomadix

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Hotel voice tech developer Angie Hospitality has been acquired by enterprise internet network provider Nomadix for an undisclosed amount. The purchase shifts Angie more fully into the Nomadix ecosystem after being closely intertwined since the voice assistant and smart display creator was founded in 2015.

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Virti Raises $10M to Train Real People With Virtual Humans

British virtual training startup Virti has closed a $10 million Series A funding round led by IQ Capital. Virti’s digital environment uses AI-powered virtual humans to train people in communication and other skills. Initially focused on doctors and other medical professional skills, the startup is expanding into other enterprise training such as sales and management.

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British enterprise Speech Analytics startup Aveni Raises $1.5M


Scotland-based speech analytics startup Aveni has raised around $1.5 million £1.1 million in a funding round led by Tricapital. Aveni offers financial service providers an AI-powered natural language processing (NLP) engine for transcribing and analyzing conversations with customers to improve their services. The new funding will aid the release of the new Aveni Detect platform, which will automatically process what the customer says for analysis.

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Yellow Messenger becomes Yellow.ai and launches Voice AI Platform in the US

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Indian enterprise conversational AI startup Yellow Messenger has rebranded as Yellow.ai and debuted new voice assistants to go with its text-based services as part of an expansion to the United States. Yellow’s automated chat services already run on several major messaging services and company websites but can now include vocal conversations as well.

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Virtual Writing Assistant startup Compose.ai Raises $2.1M

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Compose.ai has closed a $2.1 million seed funding round led by Craft Ventures to continue developing a universal auto-complete run with artificial intelligence. The startup currently offers a free Chrome extension (with a waitlist of more than 7,000 people) that handles auto-complete tasks in any text box the browser reaches and improves how well it can anticipate a user with practice.

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European Union report describes unfair competition in Voice Assistant and Smart Home markets

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The European Union has published the first version of a report on competition and potential antitrust issues in the voice assistant, Internet of Things (IoT), and smart home device market. The inquiry began last July and gathered opinions from more than 200 companies on the topic. After a few months of revisions, the European Commission will use the final report to draft any potential policies and rules surrounding the industry.

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