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Voxeo Corporation was a technology company that specialized in providing development platforms for unified customer experience (self-service) and unified communications (real time communications) applications. Voxeo was headquartered in Orlando, Florida with main offices in Cologne, Germany; Beijing, China; London, UK and San Francisco, US.
Customers have developed a wide range of applications on Voxeo's platform, ranging from traditional customer service IVR systems to conferencing systems to outbound notification systems. As of September 2011, the company reported that over 220,000 developers have joined Voxeo's developer programs.
Voxeo was founded by Jonathan Taylor and others in 1999 with the goal of making it easy for web developers to create telephony applications. In 2000 and 2001, the company received around $40 million in investments from Crosspoint Venture Partners, the Mayfield Fund, and others. In September 2004, an employee- and management-led buyout of the investment firms moved the company into being an employee-owned private company. Voxeo was acquired in 2013 by Aspect Software.
Voxeo has grown its services through both internal development and acquisition. In October 2005, Voxeo acquired the VoiceXML IVR platform and customers of Vocomo. In May 2006, Voxeo launched a European subsidiary, and followed that in July 2006 with the acquisition of VoiceReady, which provided Voxeo with their Designer graphical tool. In August 2008, Voxeo acquired Micromethod Technologies of Beijing China, gaining a presence in Asia, and also SIP Servlet technology.
In December 2008, Voxeo announced the acquisition of VoiceObjects of Cologne, Germany, adding a rich application development tool to Voxeo's portfolio. Those acquisitions were followed by hosted IM application provider IMiifed in May 2009, open source telephony framework Adhearsion in July 2009, Motorola's VoiceXML browser business in October 2009, and web collaboration platform Clackpoint in January 2010. Voxeo acquired cloud communications platform Teleku in August 2010 and application provider WebForPhone in November 2010.
Over the years, Voxeo has received industry recognition, recently including placement in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for IVR in 2008, listing as one of only two "shortlist" vendors by analyst firm Datamonitor in 2009, and receiving the highest rating of "Strong Positive" in Gartner's 2011 Marketscope for IVR Systems and Enterprise Voice Portals.
Voxeo's products are all available as SaaS / Platform as a service (public cloud), on-premises software (private cloud), or hybrid clouds that combine the public-cloud and on-premises components. Voxeo products include:
- Prophecy Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform
- VoiceObjects multi-channel (IVR, SMS, IM, web, social) service creation environment - rebranded to CXP in 2013
- PRISM SIP/HTTP/XMPP Java application server and media server (previously SIPmethod)
- Tropo multi-lingual cloud-based communications platform for voice, SMS, IM and Twitter
- IMified hosted instant messaging application development and deployment platform
- SMSified hosted SMS (text messaging) application development and deployment platform
- Phono web-based softphone and collaboration SDK
The Voxeo platform is based on open standards like VoiceXML, CCXML, and SIP, and the company puts a strong emphasis on standards. Former Voxeo employee Dan Burnett chaired the W3C Voice Browser Working Group and was Co-Editor-In-Chief of VoiceXML 3. Former Voxeo CTO RJ Auburn, now with Sighthound, Inc., chaired the W3C CCXML working group.
- Voxeo blog: What types of applications do people create with Voxeo platform? – December 29, 2008
- Aspect Software Announces Completion of Acquisition of Voxeo - July 26, 2013
- Jonathan Taylor on the Origins and Near-Future of Voxeo – eComm, February 20, 2009
- Voxeo Tries To Untangle Net Phone Mess – Forbes, January 23, 2001
- Voxeo news release – January 25, 2005
- Voxeo Acquires Vocomo Customer Base and VoiceXML IVR Platform Technology – Speech Tech Magazine, October 1, 2005
- Voxeo Launches European Subsidiary, Hosting Center and Sales Office – Speech Tech Magazine, May 16, 2006
- Voxeo Acquires VoiceReady – TMC IP Communications Community, July 20, 2006
- Voxeo Acquires San Jose-Based Micromethod Technologies – Silicon Valley Wire, August 20, 2008
- Voxeo Acquires VoiceObjects – Information Week, December 9, 2008
- Voxeo Acquires IMified to Add IM Agents to Voice Services – GigaOm May 27, 2009
- Adhearsion + Voxeo = Voxeo Labs (Plus a free trip down memory lane!) – VoIP Insider July 22, 2009
- Voxeo Acquires Motorola's VoiceXML Browser Technology – TechCrunch October 5, 2009
- Orlando-based Voxeo buys Web-meeting site – Orlando Sentinel January 20, 2010
- Voxeo Gobbles Up Teleku – GigaOm August 11, 2010
- WebForPhone joins expanding Voxeo family – InsideCTI November 18, 2010
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- Microsoft and Nuance Get Muted By Gartner Magic Quadrant for IVR – Speech Technology Magazine, April 4, 2008
- Voxeo Makes Datamonitor Shortlist of IVR Vendors – TMC IVR Community, May 12, 2009
- Voxeo news release – September 7, 2011
- Voxeo Launches Tropo.com – Opus Research, March 3, 2009
- Voxeo Puts API In The Clouds – Speech Technology Magazine, March 6, 2009
- Voxeo to launch SMSified, will charge 1 cent per text – VentureBeat, May 10, 2011
- CCXML Becomes a Proposed Recommendation – PRWeb – July 2011
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