Message.io, an Austin, TX-based bot syndication service, raised $2.5m in seed funding.
The round was led by Khosla Ventures and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Goldcrest Capital, Two Sigma, Y Combinator, Capital Factory, Social Leverage as well as angel investors Scott Banister, Kevin Moore, Louis Beryl, Elies Campo, Sandy Cass, Vinny Lingham and Stuart Levinson.
The company intends to use the funds to expand support for additional enterprise and consumer messaging platforms.
Led by Tom Hadfield, CEO, Message.io allows developers who have built a bot for one messaging platform to instantly scale that bot to other messaging platforms.
The company has also announced it is partnering with Microsoft to allow bots built on other messaging platforms to be ported to Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365.
Today, over 100 companies have used Message.io to translate their bots to Microsoft Teams, including Kayak, HubSpot, Nuzzle, Lucidchart, Wizeline and Poncho. In addition to Microsoft Teams, Message.io currently supports bot translation for Slack and HipChat, with plans to add Salesforce Chatter, Cisco Spark and other platforms in the coming months.