Namecoach Raises $8M in Series A Funding


Namecoach, a Palo Lato, CA-based technology company solving name mispronunciation and gender communication in critical settings, raised $8M in Series A funding.

The round was led by Impact America Fund with participation from Authentic Ventures, Metaplanet, Founders Fund, Engage VC, Ai Sprouts Fund I, GTM Fund, 640 Oxford, Transcend Network, Asymmetry Ventures, Forefront Venture Partners, Network.VC, Harbor Street Ventures, and Seabed VC.

The company intends to use the funds to invest in data science and AI staff to accelerate the core tech roadmap validated by customers, and expand its platform integrations to accelerate towards platform ubiquity, and its engineering team.

Led by CEO Praveen Shanbhag, Namecoach provides software that embeds, context-aware audio name pronunciation buttons in the tools people use everyday, enabling users to pronounce any name with ease and confidence. By providing buttons in systems including Salesforce, Canvas, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Outlook and Google Workspace, the company serves educators, sales reps, customer support agents, call centers, recruiters, and HR departments for corporate diversity, inclusion and belonging.

The company has more than 300 customers and partners, including Salesforce and Microsoft, and will release a direct-to-consumer product in 2023.