Maker of intelligent assistant app Accompany raises $20M round


Intelligent assistant app maker Accompani Inc. has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round led by Ignition Partners with the participation of Charles River Ventures.

Founded in 2013, the startup sells an app called Accompany that is marketed as an intelligent, adaptive “chief of staff” that integrates with user’s email, contacts, social feeds and more. It scours millions of publicly available sources to provide detailed briefings on meeting participants, real-time news alerts about contacts and companies and comprehensive company profiles. The service first launched in August in a closed beta test and currently available on iOS, web and as a Gmail extension.

“Accompany grew out of the simple idea – your network is your single most powerful and proprietary asset for the duration of your career,” the company says on its website. “Yet there is currently no service out there that helps you manage it with depth, strengthen it with relevant context, and benefit daily from its full potential. So we decided to build it & name it ‘Accompany’ because we accompany you everywhere.”

Accompany said it would use the investment for the continued development of its data platform and to expand its teams in Los Altos, Calif., and Portland, Ore.

“Since launch, we’ve been focused on the data platform and making sure our beta users have the best possible experience,” Accompany Chief Executive Officer Amy Chung said in a statement. “As we scale and expand, so too must the team, so we’re really excited about the prospect of more talented people joining Accompany.”

The company essentially uses public and private data points to compile and manage personal network information for those who deal with many people in their professional lives, and although not available for Android yet on paper the app seems like a solidly interesting idea. It may be no surprise that the company founders primarily come from data backgrounds as well, with Chung previously having led Google Analytics. Chief Technology Officer Matthias Ruhl also worked at Google Analytics, and Chief Financial Officer Ryan McDonough previously worked at Ning Inc.

Including the new round, Accompany has raised $40.6 million to date. Previous investors include Iconiq Capital and Cowboy Ventures.

Image courtesy of Accompani