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Jott acquired by Nuance!

July 14, 2009

Dear Jotters,

You may have already gotten wind of this, but I am thrilled to announce that Jott is now part of Nuance Communications, an innovative company which has established itself as the world leader in speech and imaging solutions.

You might not know it, but Nuance’s technology will literally ship on a billion phones this year, and they are trusted by a very broad array of customers, from huge cell phone makers, to Doctors dictating patient records.

The obvious question: “Why did you sell?”

When Shree and I started Jott back in 2006, we wanted to build a service that millions of customers would use because it solved real problems — simply and enjoyably. Thanks to you, we made a great start.

In our conversations with Nuance we heard and noticed some very important things:
• they had an expansive vision for what we could do together, both in terms of reaching many millions of customers, but also in terms of innovation that was still to come.
• they loved Jott, holistically, from how we build products to how we communicate with the people who use them.
• they had an incredible set of people and technologies that we wanted to plug into. And,
• they really loved the team, and wanted us come in and work on some key businesses.

Shree and I knew immediately that Nuance could help us meet our goals, and visa versa.

It’s never easy for founders to make a decision like this, and it wasn’t easy for us. We’ve lived and breathed this business. But this is a great outcome for everybody, and I’m super excited about continuing the Jott tradition, getting to work with incredible new technologies, and helping you all get more done.

All of Jott’s services, including Jott Assistant, Jott Voicemail and Jott for Salesforce, will remain available, and existing customers will experience no interruptions in service.

Thanks for your support. We couldn’t have done it without you, an absolutely first rate team, and the support of our family and friends.

John and Shree


  1. I am so very proud of Jott. And Nuance is exactly on point with respect to having a loving, cherishing attitude towards Jott !

    Have you ever read Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation’s Edge” ? Voice recognition technology is part of the distant future Asimov predicted. I guess the future is almost going to be here with this acquisition as there is no doubt your two dev teams have some seriously sci fi ideas on the burner.

    SOMEDAY, I WILL BE ABLE TO TALK INTO A TEXTAREA ON ANYONE’S SITE and see the text automatically appear. maybe because of Jott. there, that would be a dream come true. computer ! make it so ! :)

    - srini

    Comment by Srini Kumar — July 25, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

  2. one reason I couldn’t get into jott was that I felt it really was just a service just waiting to be bought out…

    Comment by daniel — July 26, 2009 @ 12:14 am

  3. Congratulations!

    Comment by Laura Rippy — July 29, 2009 @ 7:37 am

  4. The 50% deal on Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a nice present, but how about a 1/2 price deal on MacSpeech Dictate for those of us who use Macs?

    Comment by Michael Gibbs — October 28, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

  5. I second the MacDictate request. Booooo windows-centrism! Booo!

    Comment by Josh — October 29, 2009 @ 10:22 am

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