Poised Raises $4.5M in Seed Funding


Poised, a San Francisco, CA-based personalized digital communications coach, raised $4.5m in seed funding.

The round was led by Wing Venture Capital, with participation from Jeff Weiner’s Next Play Ventures, Slack Fund, Hyphen Capital, Concrete Rose Capital, Andre Iguodala, Brianne Kimmel, Julia Lipton, Adam Grant and Jack Chou, among others.

The company intends to use the funds to continue to build the product, team and educational content, and to launch in general availability.

Founded in 2020 and led by Charles Hua, CEO, Vicky Sehrawat, CTO, and Soumya Mohan, COO, Poised provides a personalized digital communications coach to help professionals improve communications skills in online meetings and improve their spoken communication in general.

Poised works with Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, among other platforms, where it sits in the background and only records the speech of the person who is using it. When it is turned on, the system delivers real-time feedback on various aspects of the user’s communication such as confidence, clarity, energy, and empathy. It analyzes facets such as use of filler words, enunciation, pace and interruptions; provides transcripts with in-line suggestions; and provides tips for skill-development.

The company is currently in private beta with thousands of people on the waiting list.