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“I gained a level of confidence that I could not have imagined before. Suddenly meetings I used to avoid are now accessible. You can’t possibly imagine the impact it has made for me.”
Frederique Seneque, Long-time Ava User

Our mission

We want to radically improve how we humans communicate with each other. Our core mission at Ava is to empower 466M deaf and hard-of-hearing people to live in a fully accessible world.
Every day, millions of people are excluded from conversations because they cannot hear what others say well. Our CEO Thibault grew up in a Deaf family & witnessed firsthand how the world was not accessible for them. Together with our CTO Skinner — deaf since age 2 — Thibault co-founded Ava to make live captioning of conversations as easy as turning on captions on TV.

Our small but fast-growing team has reinvented AI-based speech recognition technology to be in service of people who need it the most. We dream of a 24/7 accessible world, without any communication barrier. In this pursuit, we're seeing how critical communication skills are, yet very far from ideal, to unleash our collective potential. This is for us the ultimate barrier we need to lift.

Our belief is that well-designed technology can help everyone communicate and connect better — much more effectively & authentically — so humanity can achieve the greatest things together.

Our values

It doesn't matter where you're from. Together, we're stronger. It's you & us now.
Ava users are Pioneers. Every day they explore the limits of what's possible in accessibility with us. We are the same. We set an ambitious goal, total accessibility, and to reach it, we need to go where no-one has gone before.
In sign language, communication is direct and respectful. It is authentic. We believe in a culture where everyone speaks their mind, improving accessibility.
We think our product, our business, our company with empathy. We ought to go beyond surface-level interactions, to go beyond barriers.
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We get up every morning because we know that our work with technology can have a real impact on millions of lives and fundamentally help to build a better society.

Our team

We're a small team spread between two cities (San Francisco, where our Product & Growth teams are, and Paris — where our AI team is). We care about making the world a much more connected place, and we believe it's best done by a highly-creative and driven group of humans working in concert to change the current status quo. We value potential as much as experience and empathy as much as authenticity. Our culture is always evolving, and we believe new people can and should change how we operate and what we value. A few recurring themes:

Amazing people have joined us in our mission to challenge the status quo in accessibility, mobile and speech technologies. Here's who's behind Ava.

How to Record Audio Only on Zoom

Need a little post-meeting refresher? Here's our guide on how to record audio-only on Zoom to listen for later. Also, we've thrown in a bonus: how to save audio transcriptions for those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing!

How to Transcribe Zoom Meetings

For those who need captions to keep up during meetings, here's a few ways to transcribe Zoom meetings to make sure everyone's on the same page.

5 Accessible and Virtual Icebreakers for Your Next Work Meeting

Want to better engage and connect with your hybrid or remote team? We share some of our top ice breakers that are fun and accessible!

How to Blur Background in Zoom

You can hide your background by simply blurring it within Zoom. In this article, we will show you how to blur your Zoom background before and during meetings

How to Raise Hand in Zoom

Raising your hand in a Zoom meeting is a helpful way to get the host's, presenter's or participants’ attention without interrupting the conversation

How to Make Someone Else a Host on Zoom

In a Zoom meeting, you can designate someone else as the host, giving them control over the meeting

How to Record a FaceTime Call

FaceTime has revolutionized our approach to mobile communication. With suitable applications and software, you can effortlessly record a FaceTime call.

Where do Zoom recordings go?

After a meeting is over, where do the recordings go? In this article, we will discuss how to find zoom meeting recordings.

How to Record a Zoom Meeting

Zoom recording is available on all Zoom plans, which means you can still record a meeting on a free Zoom account. Learn how here

What is CART?

CART stands for Communication Access Real-Time Translation. It's a process that turns spoken words into written text in real time.

How to Enable Live Captions on Zoom

Live captions enable those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing to actively participate and engage in virtual meetings

How to Turn Off Doorbell Sound in Zoom

Virtual meeting productivity can be disrupted with distracting noises such as doorbell chimes when someone enters and exits the meeting.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Acronyms

Whether you're new to this topic or want to support those who are deaf or hard of hearing, you can reference the list below to familiarize yourself with some of the terminology

Want to join our journey?

Today, Ava is used by hundreds of thousands of deaf, hearing & hard-of-hearing people around the world who have come to rely on it for their daily conversations, meetings at work or hangouts with their friends. We've helped small and large organizations alike easily become accessible to their members, from startups to Fortune 500 companies like Disney or Airbus, world-class universities or even some of the largest events in the world like Dreamforce.

We're growing quickly and have found product-market fit, but we're still at the very beginning of this journey. Interpersonal communication is a fascinating and immense space, largely untapped by technology. Yet we see a clear path to enable a world where billions of people communicate better with each other and connect at a deeper level. We are already lucky to work with some of the best investors & advisors in the world to make this huge ambition possible.

Our partners

We are supported by organizations and non-profits who help advocate for Deaf & hard-of-hearing people needs daily. We're proud to count them part of our supporters.
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