Voice services

BLEND enters voice services, Keywords CEO retires, Propio secures growth capital

In this week’s SlatorPod, Florian and Esther discuss the language industry news of the week, with BLEND’s acquisition of GM Voices, a voice and audio localization provider known for producing the original Siri for Apple. . BLEND CEO Yair Tal revealed that the deal was the result of a “methodological research process” that lasted 18 months and involved interviews with more than a dozen companies.

Following the appointment of a new CEO by RWS, Keywords Studios announced the retirement of CEO Andrew Day, with Jon Hauck (CFO) and Sonia Sedler (COO) taking over as interim CEO while Keywords searches for its new leader. The duo discuss Keywords’ latest financial results, which saw total revenue for the first four months of 2021 soar 36%.

In healthcare interpreting news, Esther talks about Propio Language Services growth capital investment from Triple Tree Capital Partners (TTCP) – which sees TTCP expanding its portfolio into language services for the first time.

Meanwhile, Florian discusses the completion of remote video interpretation (VRI) provider Cloudbreak Health’s SPAC transaction following its merger with digital healthcare provider UpHealth. The combined company now trades as UpHealth Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange after sidestepping a complex IPO via SPACing.

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