David McCann

Nuance to buy Varolii to bolster automated customer support calls

You’ve probably received the call or text from an airline, sports team or bank — an automated message informing you that your flight has been canceled; game time has changed or bank statement is overdue. Now, Nuance — the giant speech recognition company — is buying a Seattle-based company that specializes in those automated alerts…. Read More


Tech Moves: Expedia tech vet joins Varolii; EveryMove names marketing chief; NanoString hires CFO; and more

Varolii has named Sunil Shah as vice president of engineering and Patrick Chaney as vice president of professional services. Shah is an Expedia veteran who most recently served as the vice president of engineering at DataSphere Technologies. He previously worked in engineering executive roles at TravelPost, a hotel review site, and Disney Interactive Media Group. At Expedia, where he spent 11… Read More


Tech Moves: Varolii hires Amdocs exec; Allen Institute promotes Dang; etc.

Varolii, a Seattle company whose communications software is used by banks, airlines and utilities to send alerts to customers, has named Sharath Dorbala to the postion of vice president of product management and strategy. Dorbala — who most recently served as a vice president at Amdocs – will oversee product strategy and the development of new cloud-based… Read More


Varolii lands $8 million, names Bill Bryant, Lee Roberts to the board

Varolii, which helps airlines, utilities, banks and other companies send automated alerts to customers, has raised $8 million and named Seattle venture capitalist Bill Bryant and former FileNet CEO Lee Roberts to the board. The company’s existing investors — including BlueRun Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Institutional Venture Partners and InterWest Partners — participated in the round. Varolii… Read More