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Yap pioneered the world’s first high accuracy, automated speech recognition platform for “long duration” dialogues. Long duration dialogues are conversations and audio content ranging from 5 seconds to several hours. Yap specializes in accurately transcribing these dialogues for a variety of different scenarios including voicemail-to-text, conference call transcriptions, analysis of customer phone calls and voice-activated mobile messaging.

The company was a TechCrunch finalist in 2007. Their management team previously worked on Apple’s iPod, Honda’s navigational systems, IBM’s ViaVoice, Microsoft’s Tellme speech division and Nuance’s Dragon products.

Yap white labels its SaaS platform – i.e., Yap Speech Cloud(TM) – to enable diverse use cases, including messaging, call analytics and voicemail-to-text. For example, Microsoft uses Yap for voice-based mobile messaging applications. Their end users can say anything they want to and have Yap’s platform transcribe it into text (far more convenient than typing on the fumbling with a devices keypad while driving). MetroPCS also is a Yap customer. Cincinnati Bell, a regional carrier, uses Yap-based technology to convert subscriber voicemails into text. The carrier was a competitive win away from SpinVox (now Nuance). Part of the allure for Yap’s service is that it’s completely automated. That means there is no need for humans listening to messages, typing them out, and then sending them back out, giving Yap a real advantage in ensuring privacy. Because Yap is completely machine powered, the company is able to offer lower costs, higher speeds and greater consistency.

Recent Milestones

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    Yap was acquired by Amazon. (9/8/11)
    Posted 1/29/14 at 1:49pm via
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    Yap received $2M in Venture Round funding. (10/7/10)
    Posted 10/21/11 at 2:19pm via
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    Yap received $2M in Debt funding. (10/7/10)
    Posted 8/14/12 at 2:53pm via
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    Yap — Yap named in Lead411's Hottest Companies in the Southeast list (7/13/10)
    Posted 8/4/10 at 10:30am via
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    Yap received $6.5M in Series A funding. (6/18/08)
    Posted 6/10/08 at 11:58am via
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    Yap received $1.5M in Angel funding. (1/19/07)
    Posted 2/5/08 at 2:44pm via
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    Yap added Victor Jablokov as COO & Co-Founder. (10/1/06)
    Posted 2/5/08 at 2:44pm
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    Yap added Igor Jablokov as CEO, Co-Founder & Executive Director. (5/1/06)
    Posted 2/5/08 at 2:44pm
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    Yap added Timothy Biltz as Chairman.
    Posted 2/5/08 at 2:44pm
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    Yap added Paul Grim as Director.
    Posted 6/10/08 at 12:08am
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    Yap added Wayne Hunter as Director.
    Posted 6/10/08 at 12:08am
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    Yap added Felix Gofman as VP of Business Development & Sales.
    Posted 9/25/08 at 8:07am
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    Yap added Richard Terrell as VP of Engineering & Operations.
    Posted 9/25/08 at 8:07am
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    Yap added Jeffrey Adams as VP of Research & Development.
    Posted 9/14/09 at 9:53am
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    Yap added Marcello Typrin as VP of Product Management & Marketing.
    Posted 4/14/10 at 8:19am
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    Yap added Mikael Berner as Director.
    Posted 5/21/11 at 9:07pm




Yap Messenger

Launch DateSeptember 17, 2007
Closed DateSeptember 8, 2011
Tags voice-to-text

“Yap9” was a prototype of a unified mobile client that connected to Yap’s freeform speech recognition platform. It contained a threaded text messaging application that allowed you to keep in touch with friends, family, and coworkers in realtime: by simply saying something, your words would then be converted into text within seconds, and sent out. Additionally, it unified the mobile web by allowing you to instantly access web services just by talking. You could search Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, YouTube, or interact with Facebook without having to type on your phone’s miniature keypad.

Since it’s unveiling at the TechCrunch 2007 event, this product has morphed into a white label play. Yap now powers diverse messaging clients as it repurposed itself as a B2B supplier.

Yap Voicemail

Launch DateApril 1, 2008
Closed DateSeptember 8, 2011
Tags voice-to-text
Yap screenshot
Above: Voicemail Preview via SMS
Uploaded: 10/26/09
Yap screenshot
Above: Voicemail Preview via Email
Uploaded: 10/26/09

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