Cisco Buying Mountain View’s Voicea

SAN JOSE — Cisco said it will acquire privately-held Voicea, a voice software firm headquartered in Mountain View. The amount of the deal wasn’t disclosed.

Cisco was an investor in the company along with Google, Salesforce, Workday, Battery Ventures and GGV Capital.

Voicea is the creator of a real-time solution that provides meeting transcription, voice search, and meeting highlights/action items, with robust data privacy. It helps teams have more productive and actionable meetings by turning talk into action.

With Voicea technology, Cisco will enhance its Webex portfolio of products with a powerful transcription service that blends AI and Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) to unlock the power of any collaboration, like meetings and calls. Our first focus with Voicea is to turn meetings into a treasure trove of digital meeting notes and insights. Attendees and non-attendees can quickly gather the most relevant information from these digital notes and insights, turning a block of text into actionable information.

“Voicea’s true market leading technology will be a game changer for our Webex customers to experience more productive and actionable meetings,” said Amy Chang, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Collaboration. “The acquisition of Voicea allows us to leap past basic transcription services and instead, continue delivering on our vision of AI-driven, Cognitive Collaboration across our entire portfolio.”

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