Virtual meeting platform Vowel raises $13.5M, aims to cure meeting fatigue

Vowel

Meetings are an inevitable part of the work day, but as workplaces became more distributed over the past 18 months, Vowel CEO Andy Berman says we are steadily moving toward “death by meeting.” His virtual meeting platform is the latest to receive venture capital funding — $13.5 million — with the goal of making meetings more useful before, during and after.

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Follow the Money July 2021: 79 Funded Machine Learning Companies

Follow the AI money - July 2021

July 2021 latest funding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and innovation companies.

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Zoom acquires digital contact center Five9 for $14.7B

Zoom - Five9

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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Zoom acquires AI translation startup Kites

Zoom

Videoconferencing company Zoom today announced that it acquired Kites GmbH (Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions), a startup developing AI-powered real-time language translation technologies. The terms of the deal weren’t made public, but Zoom said that Kites’ team of 12 research scientists will remain in Karlsruhe, Germany while helping the Zoom’s engineering team build translation capabilities for Zoom users.

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Interactio, a remote interpretation platform, grabs $30M after seeing 12x growth during COVID-19

Interactio

Interactio, a remote interpretation platform whose customers include massive institutions like the United Nations, European Commission and Parliament along with corporates like BMW, JP Morgan and Microsoft, has closed a whopping $30 million Series A.

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Otter.ai’s new assistant can automatically transcribe your Zoom meetings (with Video)

Otter AI assistant

A.I.-powered voice transcription service Otter.ai wants to make it even easier for its business users to record their meetings. The company is today introducing a new feature, Otter Assistant, which can automatically join the Zoom meetings on your calendar, transcribe the conversations, and share the notes with other participants.

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