In-Q-Tel backs Expect Labs

Expect Labs has received an undisclosed amount of funding from In-Q-Tel. Based in San Francisco, Expect Labs is the creator of developer platform MindMeld API.

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Expect Labs, the San Francisco company that pioneered the field of anticipatory computing, today announced that it has closed a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Expect Labs is the creator of the MindMeld API, the first developer platform that makes it possible for any company to build intelligent, voice-driven interfaces for any app, device or website in a matter of minutes. Through this partnership, Expect Labs will apply its MindMeld API to voice-enable a wide range of potential applications for use across U.S. government agencies.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Expect Labs to leverage its MindMeld technology,” said George Hoyem, Investments Partner at IQT. “Their solution has great potential for creating next-generation, contextual search experiences that can allow government to work more efficiently and derive insight from big data content.”

Knowledge workers are increasingly relying on a wide range of devices of all shapes and sizes, such as smartphones, tables, wearables, and smart TVs. Since many of these devices have no keyboards, rapidly searching and processing large amounts of information can be difficult. Expect Labs’ MindMeld Platform makes it possible to voice-enable any application or device so that knowledge workers can efficiently navigate through large volumes of data using only voice, touch and gesture.

“Just a few years ago, the AI technology to make this possible was beyond reach,” says Tim Tuttle, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Expect Labs. “With the recent advances we have seen in AI, it is now possible to create truly helpful intelligent, voice-driven experiences for a wide range of applications we use every day.”

The MindMeld Developer Platform is available at developer.expectlabs.com. Any developer or company can sign up and get started for free.

About Expect Labs
Expect Labs is the creator of the MindMeld API, the first developer platform that makes it possible to voice-enable any app, device or website in minutes. Companies use this platform to create intelligent, voice-driven interfaces that understand what users say and automatically find the information they need before they have to type a search query. Expect Labs has been widely recognized as a leader in the field of anticipatory computing and was named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s “50 Smartest Companies” of 2014. Expect Labs’ backers include Google, Samsung, Intel, Telefonica, IDG, and several prominent angel and venture investors. Developers can learn more and start building intelligent, voice-driven apps for free at developer.expectlabs.com.

About IQT
In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. For more information, visit www.iqt.org.

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