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Mycroft AI

 Mycroft is the world's private, open Artificial Intelligence platform. An alternative to Siri and Alexa for those who care about privacy, Mycroft provides a voice assistant experience to stream media, control IoT, automate tasks, and more.
Mycroft is the world’s first open source assistant. Mycroft runs anywhere – on a desktop computer, inside an automobile, or on a Raspberry Pi. This is open source software which can be freely remixed, extended, and improved. Mycroft may be used in anything from a science project to an enterprise software application.
Personal privacy is at the top of everyone's list of concerns for this new category of technology that literally listens to your every word.  However, consumers have had no option to join the voice revolution without compromising themselve. Mycroft and the Mark II will be the first viable platform that puts the individual's privacy concerns first.  Our mission is to enhance privacy with our technology, not subvert it -- unlike the main players whose businesses are built around reselling information about their customers.

What Problem Are They Solving?

The Mycroft Mark II it the open answer to Amazon Echo. It brings you the power of voice while maintaining your privacy. AI and voice technology are too important to our collective future to remain the property of the Silicon Valley giants. The Mark II by Mycroft is the device challenging them. It’s the voice assistant for the people by the people, doing all the things you’ve come to expect from a voice assistant, but in a transparent and open way. Our open software gives you certainty that your private spaces stay private. Unlike voice assistants from Big Tech, Mycroft doesn't mine your data, sell you products, or try to own your online life.

What's Innovative About Their Solution?

Driven by community development, it’s the only voice assistant that respects your privacy, is entirely transparent in how your data is processed, and is customizable. The Mark II is a consumer-ready speaker designed for you and your family, whatever your level of technical expertise. But at the same time, it is open hardware and software for you developers, makers and hackers. The Mark II has special features that make hacking and customizing easy, not to mention thorough documentation and a community to lean on when building. Support for our community is central to the Mycroft mission.

📍 Location

Kansas City, MO

⚙️ Product Stage

Functional Prototype

🏭 Industries

Artificial Intelligence, Consumer Products, IoT

🤑 Fundraising Status

Actively raising

💸 Total Funding Range


🙌 Founder Demographics


Big Wins

  • Partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, providing the firm with a $110,000 investment and full-time engineering support
  • Mozilla partnership
  • LaunchKC grant recipient 
  • Named a Startland Top Startup to Watch in 2017
  • In January 2018, Mycroft raised more than $2 million from a number of top venture capital firms, including Deep Space Ventures
  • More than $450,000 in pre-order sales for its Mark II device 

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