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Hiya raises $18M to transform mobile calling worldwide

Hiya, the fast-growth startup which makes mobile phone calls more contextual for millions of users, today announces its $18M in Series A funding to expand globally. Balderton Capital is leading the round, with participation from Nautilus Venture Partners and Lumia Capital. 

Balderton Partner Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen will join Hiya’s board.

Voice is at the top of the agenda right now when it comes to the user interface.

Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen

Founded by Alex Algard, Hiya was launched in 2016 to revolutionise the way people make and receive phone calls. The company analyses more than 3.5B calls a month to provide rich contextual information to users about who is on the other end of the line. Hiya already provides services to more than 20M users in 196 countries, mainly via partnerships with carriers and smartphone OEMs, including AT&T and Samsung mobile. 

Currently headquartered in Seattle, with four offices worldwide, including London, the new capital will be used for expansion with a significant portion invested in supporting and expanding Hiya's AI and machine learning product roadmap as well as expanding its data and engineering teams. The company plans to double its headcount in the coming year.

See the press release here.

Read about the announcement in Forbes and Techcrunch.

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