The Alexa Fund provides up to $100 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation. We believe experiences designed around the human voice will fundamentally improve the way people use technology. Since introducing Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, we’ve heard from developers, device-makers, and companies of all sizes that want to innovate with voice. Whether that’s creating new Alexa capabilities with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), building devices that use Alexa for new and novel voice experiences using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), inventing core voice-enabling technology, or developing a product or service that can expand the boundaries of voice technology, we’d love to talk to you.

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SmartRent raises $60 million to manage connected buildings

  • VentureBeat
  • 1 week ago
  • SmartRent, which provides smart home automation for property owners, managers, developers, and residents, today announced that it has raised $60 million.
  • Spark Capital led this latest funding round, with participation from Fifth Wall Ventures, Energy Impact Ventures, the Amazon Alexa Fund, Bain Capital Ventures, and RET Ventures. It brings Scottsdale, Arizona-based SmartRent’s total raised to over $100 million, following a $32 million series B in June 2019.
  • CEO Lucas Haldeman said the funding will enable the company’s next phase of growth as it expands its portfolio of offerings.
SmartRent raises $60 million to manage connected buildings

Facebook buys startup building neural monitoring armband

  • TechCrunch
  • 8 months ago

Facebook is buying CTRL-labs, a NY-based startup building an armband that translates movement and the wearer’s neural impulses into digital input signals. The acquisition, which has not yet closed, will bring the startup into the company’s Facebook Reality Labs division.

CTRL-labs’ CEO and co-founder Thomas Reardon, a veteran technologist whose accolades include founding the team at Microsoft that built Internet Explorer, will be joining Facebook, while CTRL-labs’ employees will have the option to do the same, we are told.

Facebook has talked a lot about working on a non-invasive brain input device that can make things like text entry possible just by thinking. So far, most of the company’s progress on that project appears to be taking the form of university research that they’ve funded. With this acquisition, the company appears to be working more closely with technology that could one day be productized.

Facebook buys startup building neural monitoring armband

Drivetime raises $11 million for interactive audio games like Jeopardy in the car

  • VentureBeat
  • 8 months ago

Drivetime has raised $11 million for interactive audio games that you play hands-free while driving the car. And the latest game is Jeopardy, which uses the voice of show host Alex Trebek.

Jeopardy is the eighth channel within Drivetime’s growing lineup of interactive audio entertainment for drivers, who use their voice to respond to questions. The idea is to keep drivers attentive and focused on the road through the non-distracting audio and voice-driven gameplay.

Makers Fund led the funding, with participation from Amazon’s Alexa Fund and Google Assistant Investments Program. Drivetime has built its audience of drivers up over the past year, and it cut a deal with Sony Pictures Television to bring Jeopardy in as its first licensed intellectual property to help boost its fledgling frontier of the gaming industry.

Drivetime raises $11 million for interactive audio games like Jeopardy in the car
15+ years as a VC. CEO of Hara Software and Founder / CEO of Shuddle (kid-focused transportation). Now @ Amazon's Alexa Fund. Investing in voice tech
Worked at @Amazon @Wolverine Venture Fund, @Caterva, @Sofi, @Masco Cabinetry, @Masco • Studied at @University of Michigan and @RossSchoolofBusiness @alexafund