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|Industry||Information Technology services|
|Predecessor||24/7 Customer, Inc.|
|Headquarters||San Jose, California, USA|
|PV Kannan, CEO
S. Nagarajan, COO
|Products||7 Active Share, 7 Chat, 7 Digital Chat Agents, 7 Messaging for Facebook Messenger, 7 Speech, 7 Virtual Agent, 7 Personalization, 7 Predictive Search Bidding|
Number of employees
7.ai (full company name 7.ai, Inc.) is a customer experience software and services company headquartered in San Jose, California.
7.ai was founded in April 2000 by P.V. Kannan and Shanmugam Nagarajan. Kannan previously founded Business Evolution, a software company, which was acquired by Kana Software in 1999. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California. Other offices are located in Toronto, London and Sydney. 7.ai has customers in many industries, including agencies, education, financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail & e-commerce, telecom, travel & hospitality, and utilities.
In 2003, 7.ai was privately funded in part by Michael Moritz and his venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. The total venture funding was estimated at about $22 million. The company was profitable by the end of 2003.
In February 2012 a deal was announced in which 7.ai and Microsoft would combine technologies for natural user interfaces (NUIs) and data analytics at cloud scale. Microsoft made an equity investor and transferred approximately 400 employees of the former Tellme Networks to 7.ai. At the same time, 7.ai acquired the call center automation developer Voxify, which had been based in Alameda, California, and was funded by investors such as Intel. In 2012, the company rebranded its business, adopting a new logo dropping the word "Customer" and putting square brackets around the "24". In January 2013 it announced it would market some internally developed software products for combining chat with analytics.
In May 2013 the company announced the acquisition of social commerce firm Shopalize for an undisclosed amount of money. 7.ai was also listed on Forbes list of America's Most Promising Companies in 2013.
In November 2014, 7.ai acquired IntelliResponse, a provider of digital self-service technology, including virtual agent solutions.
In August 2015, 7.ai acquired Campanja, a leading Search Engine bidding platform with offices in Stockholm, London, Palo Alto, Chicago and New York, adding realtime marketing capability to the 7.ai offering.
In July 2015, the company announced it had become the world's largest provider of chat agents, with more than 5,000 dedicated chat agents operating in its contact centers.
In April 2016, the company acquired the 2012 founded EngageClick, providing a content personalization solution, for an undisclosed amount.
In October 2017, the company announced a name change, adding .ai to reflect leadership in leveraging artificial intelligence to improve customer experience.
The current product offering is developing sales and service-oriented software that encompasses big data, predictive analytics, virtual agents and real-time decisioning. It integrates different channels of communication, including web chat, mobile devices and interactive voice response, which incorporates the company's proprietary natural language technology. The company operates contact centers that outsource voice and chat agent services, for sales and support. Its largest customers are in telecommunications, financial services, retail, insurance, and travel industries. Its early offerings were contact center services with voice contact center agents. Contact centers were originally located in Bangalore and Hyderabad, India, and in the Philippines, but by 2007 (with about 7,000 total employees) expanded to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia to support Spanish-language customers.