Jun 1, 2020

Startup Spotlight: Nanit’s parent and child tech solutions

Startups
William Smith
2 min
New York-based Nanit creates technological solutions for the parenting market, including baby monitors and sleep trackers
New York-based Nanit creates technological solutions for the parenting market, including baby monitors and sleep trackers.

The company has won signific...

New York-based Nanit creates technological solutions for the parenting market, including baby monitors and sleep trackers.

The company has won significant financial backing since its foundation in 2015 - almost $50mn across four funding rounds. Its latest round earlier this month saw the company receive $21mn from investors including Upfront Ventures, Rho Capital Partners, RRE Ventures and Jerusalem Venture Partners.

Nanit said it would use the funds to expand globally. The company has recently launched its products in the UK and Canada, and also a new line of wearables known as Breathing Wear, allowing parents to monitor breathing motion.

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Sarah Dorsett, CEO of Nanit said in a press release: "The company has experienced incredible growth from 2018, and our recent funding points to the confidence and demand in the marketplace for innovative consumer products. Having a baby is one of the most significant life moments not only for parents but for the entire family. We are so fortunate to be able to use our technology to keep families connected and sharing in this precious new journey, no matter where they are."

Nanit said its products had taken on a new utility in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With 20% of Nanit's active users being extended relations, trusted users outside the home are able to assist in monitoring babies remotely.

"We've increased our commitment to Nanit as we believe the Company is strongly positioned to take advantage of the rapid growth in the connected nursery industry. Nanit uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to truly revolutionize the sleep category; a crucial dimension of the wellness industry. The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated once again how important technology is for families to stay connected," said Erel Margalit, Founder, and Chairman of JVP. "We are sure the unique solution and advanced technology will be further expanded into new and exciting product lines."

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Jul 26, 2021

Five9: the cloud software industry leaders acquired by Zoom

five9
Cloud
contact centre
Catherine Gray
2 min
Following the announcement of Zoom buying cloud company Five9 for almost $15billion, we take a deeper look into the company’s history and success

Five9 is the leading provider of cloud contact centre software. Driven by a passion for transforming contact centres into customer engagement centres of excellence, Five9 have a deep understanding of the cost and complexity of running a contact centre.

Founded in 2001, Five9 help contact centres of every size create powerful connections. 

The company has over 20 years of cloud contact centre experience, reaches over 2,000 customers worldwide, and annually reaches over 7 billion customer interactions. 

Built on a highly reliable, secure and scalable cloud platform, Five9 makes it easy to rapidly trial and deploy new services. Its software also future proofs businesses by supporting AI and other emerging technologies.

Utilising cloud capabilities for improved customer experience

Offering software that creates more successful customer interactions, Five9’s cloud contact centre software increases contact centre productivity. This is without the capital expense and maintenance costs of premise-based systems.

Built on flexible architecture that adapts to a company’s changing needs, Five9 customers benefit from a secure, reliable and scalable contact centre.

Five9’s cloud contact centre platform also gives customers access to an extensive ecosystem of partners. Its platform can be enhanced with leading customer relationship management, analytics, workforce management, performance management solutions and telephony providers.

By utilising cloud technology, Five9 customers have access to the latest capabilities through no-touch, non-disruptive real-time upgrades.

Five9’s recognition for industry-leading software

As a leading cloud contact centre software provider, Five9 has been recognised by leading industry publications and organisations for its success and innovative solutions.

For the fourth consecutive year, Five9 has ranked as a global leader for The Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Centres 2021. 

Five9 was also one of only three providers to earn the MetriStar Top Provider award when evaluated as part of Metrigy’s global 2021-2022 Workforce Optimisation and Engagement research study.

Five9: Zoom’s first major acquisition

Zoom Video Communications has agreed to buy Five9 for about $14.7bn, marking the company’s first major acquisition.

This deal with Five9 will help expand the company’s Zoom Phone offering.

“I believe the combination of Zoom and Five9 will be a game-changer. Joining forces will create a transformative opportunity for two strong companies with complementary capabilities and shared values,” said Five9’s CEO, Rowan Trollope.

With Zoom’s reach and brand, the acquisition will help Five9 propel forward and help the company deliver on its goal of significant international expansion

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