Nuance Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) has acquired Jott Networks Inc., Seattle-based startup that converts voice into text and delivers it via email. No financial terms were disclosed. Jott had raised around $7.4 million in VC funding from firms like Bain Capital Ventures, Draper Richards, Ackerley Partners and Atomico.
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced it has expanded its Mobile Division voice services portfolio with the acquisition of Jott. Jott is the innovator behind the popular Jott Assistant, the simple and easy-to-use service that enables users to create notes, set reminders and appointments, send email and text messages, and post to their favorite web services – all by voice, from any device.
“Jott’s voice-to-text offerings have experienced a groundswell of adoption and positive industry recognition since the company’s inception, and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to expand our market reach and our voice services portfolio,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “Together we will deliver a range of new services to our mobile operator and enterprise customers.”
The combined Nuance and Jott teams will focus on several key voice-to-text initiatives:
— The innovative Jott Assistant service has been adopted by hundreds of thousands of users, providing vast insight into the demands of today’s mobile users. To further extend the power of Jott across the mobile mass market, Nuance plans to package and offer Jott Assistant to mobile operators as part of its voice services portfolio, including Nuance Voicemail-to-Text.
— By combining its easy-to-use voice services with email, text messaging and a variety of web services, Jott’s service has advanced mobile productivity in the enterprise market. Nuance, together with its Enterprise Unified Communications partners, will offer a secure, highly scalable and differentiated Enterprise package including Nuance Voicemail-to-Text, Messaging, and Collaboration.
— As used in Jott for Salesforce, Jott provides open APIs that allow for voice integration with third party CRM providers and other critical enterprise applications that require mobile access. Nuance will continue to mainstream and expand the CRM partner program through its existing CRM partnerships, enabling enterprise application providers to better meet the needs of the evolving professional mobile market.
“We’ve seen dramatically increased demand for our mobile voice solutions, because they offer real business value, are easy to deploy, and are a delight to use,” said John Pollard, co-founder, Jott. “Nuance has consistently delivered groundbreaking mobile applications to billions of people worldwide. Our combined expertise will bring innovative and differentiated voice services to a variety of markets with tremendous scale.”
All of Jott’s services, including Jott Assistant, Jott Voicemail and Jott for Salesforce, will remain available, and existing customers will experience no interruptions in service. For more information and to access Jott services, visit www.jott.com.
About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit: Nuance.com.
Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Jott Networks is the world leader in mobile voice-to-text applications. Jott allows individuals and businesses to easily capture thoughts, send emails and text messages, set reminders, organize lists, and post to web services and business applications – all with their voice, using any phone. Jott also converts voicemail into email and text messages, making voicemail a more productive tool. Since being founded in 2006 by John Pollard and Shree Madhavapeddi, Jott has made world-class voice transcription accessible to anyone with a cell phone. For more information on the Jott service, visit www.Jott.com.