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Poised, a new artificial intelligence startup that gives users real-time feedback on their video conference communication, was inspired by the founder’s intimidating conversations with soon-to-be Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. 

Charles Hua, the CEO of Poised, met regularly with then-AWS CEO Jassy last year when he was a product manager working on Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. 

“I found myself really struggling in those conversations,” Hua told Insider. “He is an incredibly brilliant and very, very strong leader.” After those high-level meetings, Hua found himself wondering how he did. “It was hard to get feedback,” he said. “My experience there has definitely propelled the mission of the company.

Poised works in the background with Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet and other video conferencing services to deliver coaching in real-time based on the user’s words. A small pop-up box notes how often the user says “filler” words like “umm,” or interrupts others. Only the user’s performance on calls is assessed.

The three-person company just secured a $4.5 million seed funding round from what Hua calls an “amazing all-star” list of investors, including the NBA’s Andre Iguodala, the investing fund of LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner, and Wharton psychologist and author Adam Grant.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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