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The 10 Hottest AI Startups Of 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

Startups Edifius, Eightfold AI and Orbital Insight are just some of the companies to grab CRN’s attention, as an IDC report puts revenue from the worldwide AI market in 2021 at $341.8 billion, up 15.2 percent year over year.

Otter 

Sam Liang, CEO  

Otter provides an AI-powered tool that records and reviews conversations in real time. The platform allows users to search past conversations, edit transcripts and organize them from any device.

This year, Otter launched a Google Chrome extension with the goal of simplifying how users add notes to Google Calendar invites and an Otter Assistant for Microsoft Teams and Google Meet video users. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company also ranked on CRN’s midyear “The 10 Hottest AI Startups Of 2021 (So Far).”

In February, the company raised a $50 million Series B round of funding to triple its employee base and increase marketing efforts. The company has raised a total of $63 million and was founded in 2016, according to Crunchbase.

Before founding Otter, CEO Sam Liang founded smartphone applications builder Alohar Mobile, which was acquired by Alibaba in 2013. He also worked at Google for more than four years, leaving in 2010 with the title of tech lead, according to his LinkedIn bio.

 
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Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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