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Notion Launches from Stealth to Solve Communications Overload with AI
|By Business Wire
|October 19, 2016 09:06 AM EDT
AI, Inc., the communications intelligence company, launched from
stealth with $9.5 million of funding to solve communications overload
once and for all. Together, Drive Capital and Accel led the Series A
round, with participation from Hyde Park Venture Partners and Silicon
With Notion’s mission to improve communications, email is the natural
place to start. In 2015, people sent and received more than 205 billion
emails each day1. A quarter of the average worker’s day is
spent on email, making it the second most time consuming activity in
their jobs2. What’s more, 92% of people become stressed every
time they receive an email3.
Notion is more than just another standalone email app. Notion’s cloud
intelligence analyzes the relationships behind communications and is
able to predict what's important to you with over 95% accuracy from the
beginning. It delivers tailored insights for a better experience and
improves behavior to positively impact your relationships.
Notion’s public debut of its cloud intelligence technology is the Notion
mobile email app, now available in the App
Store for iPhone and Google
Play for Android. The app works with existing email services and, at
its simplest, saves people time and reduces communications stress. By
understanding which messages are most important to you, Notion provides
better focus and makes keeping up easier. Notion also improves
responsiveness by highlighting items waiting for replies so people get
the answers they need and no longer have to worry about dropping the
Subscribers to Notion also get access to rich insights about their
relationships with the people behind every single email. In this way,
Notion uncovers the largest social network you already have, which,
until now, has been buried inside your email history. Expanded access to
Notion’s cloud intelligence is planned for desktop on Mac and Windows,
via the Web, and more.
Also available soon, subscribers can link Notion to Amazon’s personal
assistant device, Alexa, for a smart voice-activated experience that
lets users talk to their email. Through the integration, Alexa can read
the important emails, emails waiting for replies, relationship details
and even archive, snooze or send messages -- all through voice
communication. This allows people to stay on top of important email
without being tied to their phone. See a demo here.
“Today's communication tools offer little in the way of improving the
way we communicate or the underlying relationships behind our
conversations,” said Guy Suter, co-founder and CEO of Notion.
“Artificial intelligence will improve how people communicate by focusing
our time and encouraging behaviors that build stronger relationships.”
Notion prioritizes the highest standards for user security and privacy
in its operations and policies. The company only stores information that
directly improves user experience and keeps its users in control.
Notion’s policies, which transparently outline the data it collects, are
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Notion was founded in 2013 by CEO
Guy Suter and technical co-founders Lindsay Snider and Ian Berry. The
trio co-founded data backup company BitLeap, which they led to become
the world’s top-selling backup appliance product after being acquired by
Barracuda Networks in 2008. By combining their expertise in building
powerful data platforms with talent from the University of Michigan in
their backyard, the three turned their attention to tackling today’s
communication overload. Jason Mars, University of Michigan professor /
AI research team co-Director, and CEO of applied AI startup Clinc,
is an advisor. Additionally, Notion employs current and former
University of Michigan students. Notion will focus on expanding its
cloud intelligence technology to power the next suite of features for
the Notion app and beyond.
“Notion is built on cutting-edge AI technology, applied in ways we’ve
dreamed of and are only now able to realize,” said Mark Kvamme, partner
at Drive Capital. “The Notion team has a vision that extends beyond
email. They have goals, and the means and expertise, to use AI to impact
the way we all communicate. In this age of social media, texting, and
email reliance, Notion wants to put people back at the center of
To download the Notion app for free, visit Google
Play or Apple’s App
Store. To learn more about Notion, visit http://www.notion.ai.
For a demo of the Amazon Alexa integration, visit Notion’s YouTube
About Notion AI
Developed by a team of AI, data and security specialists, Notion is the
future of personal communications. By adding a layer of intelligence to
your communication tools, Notion keeps you connected and helps you build
stronger relationships. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Notion is
backed by leading technology investors, including Drive Capital and
Accel Partners. For more details, visit http://www.notion.ai.
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