Formerly Vocal Point, Inc., the company was founded in 1997 by
veteran research scientists experienced in neural network and speech
recognition research. In 1998, the company received Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) grants for speech recognition in high-noise
environments, such as F-16 cockpits. Through this early research
a team was assembled that proved valuable in the development of
the solutions that VocalPoint Technologies markets today.
This group understood that speech recognition, computational resources,
and information on the Web were converging and improving at rapid
rates, and in late 1998 began its efforts to commercialize the VoiceBrowser
technology. In 2000, Vocal Point, Inc. became VocalPoint Technologies.
The company's focus is on developing and marketing its voice application
solutions for the business marketplace worldwide.
As of October 2000, VocalPoint has raised over $10
million from The Ignite Group, SVAngels, Bain & Company's San Francisco
Partners, Telecom Italia, SBIR grants and individual investors.