Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Amazon-Backed Voice AI Startup DefinedCrowd Sets Sights on IPO

  • DefinedCrowd raised $50.5 million in latest funding round
  • Amazon, others scrutinized over human listeners to train AI

DefinedCrowd, an Amazon.com Inc.-backed startup that provides data sets to train artificially intelligent speech programs, is setting its sights on a public listing in the next five years as voice interactions between humans and machines become more common.

The Seattle-based company raised $50.5 million in a recent funding round led by existing investors, paving the way for an initial public offering within the next five years, Chief Executive Officer Daniela Braga said in an interview. The company declined to comment on its valuation.

“It’s the road to an IPO,” Braga said, adding her company’s ambition is to support the development of AI so that people eventually will “communicate with machines the same way we do with humans.”