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August 13, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Ex Microsoft, Google, Nextel team fund voice startup

They’re not saying how much, but a group of blue-chip tech veterans is funding Travelling Wave, a Seattle startup developing voice recognition technology.

The angels include former Googler Colin Wong, former Microsoftie and VC Bill Miller, Madrona Venture principal Geoff Entress and Jim Judson, a lawyer who worked with McCaw Cellular and Nextel International.

The company has developed what it calls a “predictive speech-to-text” system for mobile devices. It describes the technology like this: When the software is installed on a phone, users press a button, say a word and type the first letter or two and have the word appear on the screen.

According to today’s funding announcement, Travelling Wave has finished early trials and “is poised to deploy with mobile carriers and handset manufacturers in the coming year.”

Founder Ashwin Rao previously worked in research at Bell Labs and Dragon Systems.

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