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What are you announcing?
Slang AI is emerging from stealth with $20 million in funding to empower restaurants and retailers with voice AI
What are the details of the round?
The 20$M in funding includes a recent Series A funding round led by with participation from , , , , and . Prominent industry angel investors, including celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and Scott Belsky, Founder of Behance, also participated in the round.
Why is it important for existing or new audiences and the industry?
Slang AI is bringing AI to the phone with its easy-to-use software product designed for restaurants and retail businesses. Everyone is frustrated with the experience of calling a business. No one likes waiting on hold with a retailer to check on an order status, or calling their local restaurant to make a last minute reservation and having their call go straight to voicemail. It doesn't have to be this way. AI has the potential to fix this broken experience, and that’s exactly what Slang AI is doing.
How will you use the funding?
The funding will accelerate Slang’s generative AI capabilities, advance product partnerships and integrations in the restaurant, hospitality, retail and e-commerce industries, and double down on sustained growth of the go-to-market team.
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Not only does’s solution create a better experience for the customer, but it also creates quick value for businesses by increasing revenue, reducing staff phone time, and instantly resolving customer demands without human intervention.
Slang allows customers to implement cutting-edge voice AI technology without a team of costly developers and long onboarding timelines. Slang’s focus on fast, no-code implementation, ease of use, and their attention to detail with the design of dozens of voice experiences, are critical differentiators. Slang customers are up and running in 30 minutes or less.
With a simple 30-minute onboarding process, Slang has grown quickly to over 200 customers, including Slutty Vegan, Palm House Hospitality Group, STUDS, PLANTA, Hammitt, and Nikki Beach Miami. This strong customer traction has resulted in over 6x revenue growth in 2022.
What pain are you helping to solve and how?
Even with the rise of apps and websites, 60 percent of customers still prefer to contact businesses over the phone. Despite this, many brick-and-mortar businesses are understaffed, causing them to miss calls and send potential customers to voicemail where they lose out on potential revenue. is transformative for these businesses, handling over half of inbound calls without human intervention, allowing these businesses to recover those customers.
What are the benefits to your audience? Why should they care?
Slang provides its clients access to previously unknown data about why customers are calling. This information empowers businesses to re-engage with their phone customers and pursue opportunities to drive additional revenue. The phone is a channel rich with data, but we had no way to access it before Slang AI.
Why is this news unique or unexpected? Market trend context – Is your news relevant to a larger trend?
AI innovation to date had been almost excessively at the enterprise and startup level, but applying AI to SMBs and midmarket businesses would be‌ even more transformative.
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In a recent study of a six-restaurant group, Slang AI saved 648 hours of phone time while capturing reservations and orders that otherwise might have been lost to voicemail.
Why are you and your Co-founder uniquely qualified to solve this problem?
Slang’s co-founders were building in the generative AI space well before the recent AI buzz. Alex Sambvani and Gabe Duncan met while on the data science team at Spotify. Their roles focused on implementing personalized voice AI at scale. Together they entered a Spotify hackathon and built a personality-forward voice AI app that went on to win the entire competition out of over a hundred ideas. This experience served as the creative spark for Slang.
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“With the emergence of generative AI, businesses are searching for real-world applications for this powerful technology. For decades, customers have experienced the frustrating process of calling a business and being put on hold in order to make a new appointment or say they’re running late for a reservation. Now, there is a better way. We’re excited to help businesses use this technology to dramatically improve the phone experience, helping them serve their customers better than they ever thought possible,” shared CEO and Co-Founder, Alex Sambvani.
Lead investors quote
“We are impressed by’s focus on applying this technology to create tangible business value for their customers with a delightful product.’s Co-founders are technologists who have been building in the AI space for over seven years, and they have accomplished the remarkable feat of developing an AI product that customers actually want and that is easy to use. With their backgrounds building leading personalization experiences as Data Scientists at Spotify, we’re confident in their ability to continue to innovate in this space,” said Homebrew Partner, Satya Patel.
Customer quote
" has become an essential tool for our business. Our team is thrilled with the way it has decreased the disruption of phone calls while simultaneously enhancing the overall experience for our guests. With the intentional use of AI at our disposal, we don’t see ourselves going back," stated Benson Wang, CEO of Palm House Hospitality Group.
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