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May 2017

Cortana smart speaker

Our take on the Cortana Skills Kit

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[May 26, 2017]

Cortana Skills Kit launches alongside 20+ new voice apps.


“Cortana launches with a little more than 20 skills available. By comparison, Google Assistant has more than 230 actions from third-party developers, while Alexa, which opened its Alexa Skills Kit to developers back in 2015, surpassed 10,000 skills three months ago.”

Aiqudo opinion:

The Cortana Skills Kit has been cooking for a while – good that it is now available to developers. By all accounts, Cortana’s voice recognition is rated to be good. But Microsoft and Cortana struggle to differentiate a native Cortana ecosystem – Microsoft doesn’t have a play on the phone, which is still the ubiquitous device and the natural place for the digital assistant to live, and an in-home speaker, even with Harmon Kardon quality, is an Echo look-alike. In the end, though, the digital assistant experience will be distinguished by how much it can do for consumers and how easily it can do them. 30 skills, 230, 10,000 – the absolute numbers won’t fully tell the story. For voice to really become our interface to everything, we will need to be able to use flexible, intuitive commands to seamlessly move from one action to another.

We’ll talk about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in more detail soon Aiqudo follow Aiqudo!

Aiqudo raises $4M A round to Serve Digital Assistant Market

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[Published – May 5, 2017]

Aiqudo, Inc. today announced it has closed on a $4 million Series A financing. The round was led by Atlantic Bridge Capital, a global growth equity technology fund. Aiqudo was founded by Silicon Valley veterans of the digital assistant and artificial intelligence spaces, with deep expertise in search and mobile. Aiqudo uses its proprietary AI and mobile technologies to connect voice computing to the mobile app ecosystem.

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About Atlantic Bridge Capital:

Atlantic Bridge Capital is a Global Technology Fund with over $1 billion of assets under management investing in technology companies in Europe, the US and China. With offices in London, Dublin, Silicon Valley and Beijing, Atlantic Bridge has a differentiated strategy which focuses on specific technology themes and implementing the “Atlantic Bridge Model” for scaling companies in global markets. For more information, see