Otter Raises $50M Growth Investment Led by Spectrum Equity

Los Altos, CA – Today announced that it is has raised $50 million in a Series B led by Spectrum Equity, with continued participation from Horizons Ventures, Draper Associates, GGV Ventures, Draper Dragon Fund, and others to capture unprecedented demand for its online meeting productivity tools. John Connolly, Managing Director of Spectrum Equity will join’s Board of Directors.’s AI-powered collaborative note-taking and productivity app works seamlessly with video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet and with phone calls and other voice communications. The round includes a $10 million convertible note.

The company plans to triple its headcount over the next year to support its rapid growth and is aggressively recruiting for top talent in artificial intelligence, deep learning, natural language processing, front-end and back-end engineers, data engineering, and key leadership positions including VP of Messaging Apps.

In addition to recruitment and product innovation, is investing in accelerating its go-to-market leadership and programs. Kurt Apen joins as its first Chief Marketing Officer. Apen has experience building globally recognized consumer technology brands, including Coursera, Disney Mobile Games, and eBay. The company is also looking for a VP of Sales.

“Over the past year, the world as we know it has inexorably changed by meeting and interacting online; and even after the pandemic is long behind us, our living, learning, and working online will persist,” said Sam Liang, CEO, and founder of “This new mode of online interaction, however, has exposed an existing chasm between our need for meetings and the lack of their effectiveness.’s vision is to create more effective meeting spaces through advances in AI and ML, and we are thrilled to leverage Spectrum Equity’s experience in scaling product-driven growth companies. We are proud to have a thoughtful group of investors and advisors providing us with guidance to achieve our vision and growth ambitions.”

“As the workplace has evolved and online meetings are the new normal, is at the forefront leading the transformational shift of the future of work and more effective online interactions,” said John Connolly, Managing Director, Spectrum Equity. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sam and the entire team at to support the company’s continued market leadership. We look forward to providing the guidance and strategic resources to drive focused product innovation and operational growth.”

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Just over the past year,’s revenue has grown more than 800 percent, and the app, used in more than 230 countries, has now transcribed more than 100 million meetings spanning 3 billion minutes.

About creates a new collaborative note-taking app offering to improve team communication, engagement, and productivity. The Otter Voice Meeting Notes app uses proprietary artificial intelligence to generate secure, shareable, searchable, rich notes in real-time that combine audio, transcription, speaker identification, inline photos, and key phrases. is backed by the first investors at Google, Tesla, DeepMind, and Facebook. Use Otter Voice Meeting Notes at or download it on iOS or Android.

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