Get your own VC-in-a-Box! (Voice Assistant)

If I ask you to name an important stakeholder that is often an overlooked key component of business operations, I’m sure “assistants” are not the first thing popping up in your mind. But if you look closely, regardless of their title, it’s hard to overstate their contribution to any company’s productivity by helping management staying focused on most important tasks.

As technology has advanced, the skill sets of assistants have continued to evolve to keep apace. The arrival of chatbots and better speech recognition is already drastically changing the landscape by allowing for the automation of many data intensive tasks. It is now possible for many to become their own globally-connected assistant, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a human assistant for such tasks that are better suited for software.

The latest advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence and voice recognition technology is slowly redefining our relationship to our electronic devices. Human-computer interactions are becoming more human-like and the promise of naturally conversing with your devices is just around the corner. The first wave of Voice Assistants lead by the Amazon Echo and its Alexa software appeared late 2014 and their adoption rate has shown no signs of slowing down. After conquering our homes, the battlefield has now moved to businesses as they aim to supercharge the productivity of workplace teams. Acting as task-oriented assistants, are fast becoming tomorrow’s colleagues-in-a-box.

With PreSeries we make it easy for anyone to predict the future of startups. But when fully concentrated in your work, opening the PreSeries Dashboard to get some insights can disrupt your workflow. Simply asking your question out loud, as you would with a colleague or an assistant, feels more natural and allows you to remain focused. Therefore, we built our own PreSeries for Alexa skill in order to bring startup intelligence to devices belonging to the Amazon Echo family. Main features are the scoring of startups in real-time and getting aggregate or detailed information about startups, technology areas, investors, patents, rounds of financing, and IPOs.

Once the skill is enabled, you can use your brand new VC-in-a-Box to discover all kinds of information regarding startups. Below is an example session.

You: “Alexa, ask PreSeries how many startups were founded in the US in 2016”

PreSeries: “The number of startups founded in the US in 2016 is 3857.”

You: “Alexa, ask PreSeries what is the highest scoring startup in the US in Education”

PreSeries: “The highest scoring startup in the category of education is AcmEd”

Check out our introduction video below!

Click here to add the skill to your Alexa powered device and don’t forget to check out our documentation for a complete overview of the questions you can ask your VC-in-a-box.

PreSeries goes to the Test Lab at WIRED2016 in London

Innovative technology, leading edge startups and brilliant entrepreneurship were at display at London’s Tobacco Dock for the 2016 edition of Wired conference this week, on November 3 and 4. The inspiring venue and a great line up of speakers in this two-day event made for a truly special gathering along with the Test Lab, which was organized by Telefónica. PreSeries has been invited to participate, and made the best of it by interactively demoing its capabilities thanks to our Alexa integration. Nothing better to capture the moment than a few pictures!

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In addition to the PreSeries booth, Telefónica presented an impressive array of seven more companies from its portfolio:

  • Saffe, a mobile payment app that leverages world-class facial recognition technology
  • Knomo, a company that creates fashionable accessories to get life organized
  • Pzizz, an app that helps people beat insomnia and get great sleep
  • Cru Kafe, a company that offers one of the best ethical and organic coffee labels in the world
  • Voicemod, a platform that lets you add real time audio modification to your app with a simple and free SDK
  • 52 MasterWorks, the first crowdfunding company investing in art
  • Pulsar, an audience intelligence platform that provides insights on customer behaviour from social media data

Over 700 people visited the Test Lab, which was even further expanded the evening of the first exhibition day, when 13 additional companies joined the event.

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The Test Lab and WIRED2016 event will close its doors today (Friday, November 4, at 06:45 PM GMT). We sincerely thank the Wired community and Telefónica for this great opportunity to showcase the value of PreSeries to fellow early stage startups and investors that are thirsty for quantifiable and objective feedback about their growth potential.

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