LONDON, August 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
StoryStream, the content acceleration experts, announced today that it has raised £1.2M additional funding, led by MMC Ventures, to advance its offering with Artificial Intelligence (AI).
With this latest investment, StoryStream will use AI to accelerate the efficiency of finding, managing and deploying content to power engaging content experiences for brands, whilst unlocking valuable insights for marketers.
To lead the AI philosophy at StoryStream the company also hired Dr. Janet Bastiman as its Chief Science Officer to head a new team based in its London office, which opened earlier this year.
Dr. Bastiman is a veteran C-level executive with a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience and 10 years' experience in leading technical departments and shaping future technical strategy.
She has held several CIO and CTO positions at SmartFocus, SnapRapid and Salon Software Solutions and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to achieve excellent results in various sectors of the IT industry.
"Marketers are increasingly thinking about how AI can be leveraged to improve operations and boost revenue," said Alex Vaidya, CEO & Co-Founder, StoryStream. "We wanted to make that an accessible reality for marketers. It was important for us to have talent in-house in order to design unique, specialist technology that can keep up with the demands of our clients. Original AI technology will become a game changer for the business."
"It's an exciting time to be working in the AI industry," said Dr. Bastiman. "StoryStream is heading down a very interesting path in terms of its product offerings, and I'm excited to help forge transformative technology that will shape the future of marketing".
With this latest fundraise StoryStream has secured a total of £3million today with MMC Ventures. It closed its Series A funding round at £1.8m in April 2016.
Jon Coker, Co-Managing Partner at MMC Ventures, said "Marketers are dealing with ever increasing amounts of content related to their brand and there are few enterprise tools that have the ability to manage brand and customer content at scale, in real-time, across multiple channels. We believe this problem is well suited to AI and StoryStream's offering and we are excited to be backing StoryStream's continued commitment to it."
StoryStream accelerates the speed of finding, managing and publishing content so marketers can focus on creating engaging, in-the moment brand experiences for customers.
The StoryStream Content Acceleration PlatformTM can instantly centralise and display all of your social media, advocacy and review content to engage visitors and move them through their
The fully managed StoryStream Studios service works with brands of all sizes, as an extension of their marketing team, to optimise how they use content and prove ROI; from implementing
content curation solutions and managing social feeds to providing engagement strategy guidance.
StoryStream works with some of the world's most forward-thinking brands such as Porsche, Volvo, STA Travel and Co-Operative, to accelerate how they use content for maximum business results.
For more information, please visit www.story-stream.com or call us on +44-(0)-203-637-1169.
About MMC Ventures
Founded in 2000, MMC Ventures is a London-based venture capital firm investing in high-growth technology businesses that have the potential to change the future of financial services, the workplace and retail environment. MMC has invested in more than 50 companies and focuses on enterprise software and consumer internet investments. MMC currently has over £190 million under management and is investing £20 million+ annually.
MMC's existing portfolio includes; Appear Here, Bloom & Wild, CloudSense, Elder, Gousto, Interactive Investor, Masabi, NewVoiceMedia, Signal Media, SafeGuard, Sky-Futures, Small World FS and Tyres on the Drive.