Frontdesk AI (by Vidurama Inc), a Palo Alto-based artificial intelligence startup that helps local businesses dramatically increase revenues through 24/7 personalized customer care, has secured seed funding of $1.1M from Speciale Invest and a group of angel investors from the Bay Area.
Founded in 2017 by Srivatsan Laxman and Supriya Rao, Frontdesk AI re-imagines customer care for local businesses, offering an automated, full-service backup receptionist solution via messaging and voice. The company has launched its services in the beauty and wellness industry and is looking to expand into the dental market. FrontDeskAI has its core technology team and customer success team based in Bengaluru with about 15 members. The company's platform has handled over 60,000 calls so far.
Srivatsan, co-founder and CEO at Frontdesk AI, said in a statement, "Our core technology breakthrough is a powerful new AI framework for learning deep contextual natural language models over constantly evolving (and growing) conversational spaces. We instantly answer questions on behalf of the business, recommend products or services, book appointments, take orders, gather feedback, route customer complaints, send reminders and more. We have handled over 60,000 calls so far, converting nearly a third of those into revenue generating transactions worth well over a million dollars in revenue for our customers."
“Reception desks at local businesses are often thinly-staffed and multi-tasking. They tend to miss calls or put callers on-hold, leading to loss of customers and sales. With Frontdesk AI, businesses will never miss customer calls again. By adapting to the unique workflows of every individual business and by fully integrating with the business management software and phone system, Frontdesk AI enables incredibly seamless and complete customer care experiences.” said Vishesh Rajaram, Managing Partner Speciale Invest.
Speciale Invest is a $15M seed stage fund managed by Vishesh Rajaram (Managing Partner) and Arjun Rao (Partner). The Fund invests in seed stage startups, working on innovation led deep tech products in the areas of Enterprise SAAS, HealthTech, FinTech, IoT, AR/VR and more. The company invests $100-500K as the 1st institutional capital into a startup, and work closely with them in the early stage journey of 18-24 months. It has invested in startups like iAuro Systems, Scapic and TotalCloud.