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Sequoia, Qualcomm Ventures back Dexetra Series A

1 Feb 2013

app voice phone SiriSequoia Capital and Qualcomm Ventures have teamed up to invest more than $1m in mobile personal search app maker Dexetra through a Series A round.

The total investment in between $1m and $2m according to TechCrunch, which said the company was keeping the amount under wraps as new investors could join the round at a later stage.

Bangalore-based Dexetra launched its Friday app, which combines a Siri-style personal assistant with a search engine, last July.

It has also developed a separate Siri-esque helper called Iris for use on the Android platform.

The company it planned to retire Iris and integrate it into Friday, TechCrunch added.

Last August another competitor to Apple‘s voice-activated personal assistant Siri closed a $5m funding round to create a string of apps for its natural speech search engine.

Ask Ziggy, which was backed by a “publically-traded multinational” in the round, planned to have downloadable apps for almost all Android, Apple and Microsoft mobile devices ready before the end of 2012.

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