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Acquired byNuance Communications
Date12/2011

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Offices

Cambridge, USA
17 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138
USA

People

Co-Founder & CTO
Co-Founder & EVP Product & Business Development
CFO
VP, Engineering
Board
Senior Marketing Communications Manager
EVP, Markets
Team Member

Funding

TOTAL $26.5M
FUNDING TOTAL $26.5M
Series A, 12/2006
Charles River Ventures
Sigma Partners
$6.5M
Series B, 4/2008
Yahoo!
Charles River Ventures
Sigma Partners
$20M
Venture Round, 9/2009
AT&T

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Vlingo

Vlingo is a Virtual Assistant that turns your words into action by combining voice to text technology, natural language processing, and Vlingo’s Intent Engine to understand the user’s intent and take the appropriate action. Simply speak to your phone to connect with the people, businesses and activities that are important to you.

The team behind the service has some significant experience in the speech recognition space. The two co-founders (Mike Phillips and John Nguyen) worked for SpeechWorks, which was acquired by ScanSoft, which then renamed itself Nuance. Nuance most recently paid $293 million for VoiceSignal, a company using speech recognition for mobile search in 21 languages.

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Vlingo

Websitevlingo.com
StageLive
Tags voicetotext, text, voice, mobile, phone

Vlingo’s system starts with a basic statistical language model to make the best guess about what you say. It then improves upon that by taking into account context, and positive and negative user feedback down to the individual. Context helps the system by narrowing the number of possible words you said. For instance, if the context is an address, the number of possible street names is limited to the ones in the city. User feedback correcting the system’s output or leaving it be helps the system learn how you speak (e.g correcting Austin to Boston).

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Above: Vlingo Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 2/5/08
Vlingo screenshot
Above: Vlingo
Uploaded: 6/16/11

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Sources

  1. After Years Of Patent Litigation, Nuance Acquires Vlingo (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. techcrunch.com [edit]
  4. AT&T Backs Vlingo as Nuance Lawsuit Looms (gigaom.com) [edit]
  5. Vlingo Offers Total Voice Control of BlackBerry Smartphones [edit]
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