We’ve all been in a video conference, especially this year, when the neighbor began trimming the yard or kids were playing outside your window– and it can get quite loud. Cisco, which owns the WebEx video conferencing service wants to do something about that, and late the other day it announced it was going to get BabbleLabs, a startup that can help filter out background sound. BabbleLabs has a very particular set of skills. It utilizes expert system to enhance the speaking voice, while removing those unwanted background sounds that appear to take place whenever you happen to be in a conference. Interestingly enough, Cisco likewise sees this as a kind of personal privacy play by eliminating background discussion. Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and basic manager in the Cisco Security and Applications Company System, states that this need to go a long way toward enhancing the conference experience for Cisco users. “Their technology is going to offer our customers with yet another important development– instantly eliminating
undesirable noise– to continue making it possible for remarkable Webex conference experiences,”Patel, who was at Box for many years before joining Cisco just recently, stated in a statement. In a post, BabbleLabs CEO
and co-founder Chris Rowen wrote that discussions about being acquired by Cisco began just recently, and the offer came together pretty quickly.” We quickly reached a common view that combining BabbleLabs into the Cisco Partnership team might accelerate our typical vision significantly,” he wrote. BabbleLabs, which released three years earlier and raised$18 million, according to
Crunchbase, had an intriguing, but extremely technical concept. That can sometimes be challenging to equate into a viable commercial item, but makes a highly appealing acquisition target for a company like Cisco. Brent Leary, founder and principal expert at CRM Basics, says this acquisition might be seen
as part of a wider industry debt consolidation.”We’re seeing consolidation occurring as the big web conferencing players are getting smaller gamers to round out their platforms,”he stated. He included, ” WebEx may not be getting the attention that Zoom is, however it still has a considerable existence in the business, and this acquisition will permit them to keep enhancing their offering,” The offer is anticipated to close in the existing quarter after regulative approval. Upon closing, BabbleLabs employees will enter into Cisco’s Cooperation Group. Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.