Trint, the London-based translation startup co-founded by Emmy-winning journalist Jeff Kofman, has raised $4.5 million in Sequence A funding.
The spherical consists of follow-on funding from Horizons Lab, the Hong Kong-based seed fund operated by the managers of Horizons Ventures, with participation from TechNexus, and The Related Press.
It brings whole funding for Trint to $7.eight million for the reason that firm’s founding in December 2014. Unique backers embody Google Digital Information Innovation Fund and the Knight Enterprise Fund.
Counting among the world’s largest media organizations as prospects — together with The Related Press, Vice Information, The Washington Submit, and Der Spiegel — Trint makes use of machine studying and speech-to-text know-how to automate transcribing, which is a major pain-point for journalists and different content material producers, resembling video makers.
The net-based software program additionally combines an audio/video participant and textual content editor, with the outputted transcription synced to the audio participant’s playhead. This then makes it straightforward to manually right any mistranslations, which, in flip, helps Trint get smarter. There’s an iPhone app too, for cell translation of cellphone calls and recordings.
I’ve used the software program a variety of instances in my very own work and located the automation to be pretty correct. Nonetheless, as with comparable methods, it’s fairly depending on the audio high quality you feed into it.
On that observe, Trint says it can use the extra funding to boost the AI translation software program and allow prospects to extract extra worth from recorded audio and video and unlock what it describes as “the rising voice economic system”.
Over the following few months, the corporate will launch collaboration options to swimsuit the workflow of enormous groups working with audio and video. The thought is to allow groups to work collectively on modifying transcripts and publishing content material.
Trint will even launch a brand new video participant with interactive transcript options, in order that recorded content material will be “searchable, discoverable, and shareable” on-line.
“We’ve created Trint to go far past automated transcription, constructing the world’s first enterprise product for managing the workflow of the spoken phrase,” says Trint founder Kofman. “Trint is targeted on serving the wants of video manufacturing, manufacturers, information organizations and researchers, permitting them to unlock the worth of the spoken phrase like by no means earlier than”.
In the meantime, since launch Trint has grown from Four to 45 staff. This consists of opening a North American headquarters in Toronto the place 7 staff are posted.