Aira (pr. EYE-rah)

Our name is derived from two interesting sources: the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the ancient Egyptian mythological being and symbol known as the Eye of Ra (RA). Steeped in the mysteries of Egyptian mythology, the Eye of Ra has symbolized protection, healing and the power to perceive and interpret both the seen and unseen in the universe.

How we started

The seeds for starting Aira were planted in 2014 when Suman Kanuganti and Yuja Chang struck up a friendship with a blind communications professional Matt Brock. This led them to begin discussing how Google Glass technology could be used to help the blind and visually impaired become more mobile and independent. Using this concept, Kanuganti and Chang were inspired to create a service akin to "OnStar" for the blind.

Aira develops transformative remote assistive technology that connects the blind with a network of certified agents via wearable smart glasses and an augmented reality dashboard that allows agents to see what the blind person sees in real time. Agents, serving as visual interpreters for the blind, help users accomplish a wide range of daily tasks and activities - from navigating busy streets to recognizing faces and literally traveling the world.

Investors

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Team

Alex

Software Engineer

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Amy

VP of Customer Experience

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Andrew

Head of Engagement

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Anirudh

Head of AI

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Austin

CPO

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Bala

VP of Business Engineering

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Bob

Controller

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Cari

Office Manager

Carrie

CFO

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Charles

Director of Engineering

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Charlina

Software Engineer

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Danielle

Interaction Designer

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Diane

Accounting Manager

Emily

Agent Operations Manager

Enrico

Sr. Software Engineer

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Erin

Agent Operations Manager

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Gelena

Marketing Manager

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Greg

Director of Product

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Jasmine

Marketing Manager

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Jeremy

Sr. Software Engineer

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Jessica

Agent Analyst

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Jordan

Lead Project Manager

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Juan

Software Engineer

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Kelly

Director of Sales

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Kevin H.

Software Engineer

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Kevin P.

VP of Sales/Marketing

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Krishna

Care Operations Lead

Kristie

Product Designer

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Kyle

Agent Analyst

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Marc

Communications Strategist

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Maria

Dir Programs & Development

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Marty

Director of Sales

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Max

Care Operations Manager

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Mike

Dir Explorer Sp. Projects

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Mutasem

Sr. Software Engineer

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Nick

Sr. Software Engineer

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Nicole

Agent Analyst

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Patrick

Agent Analyst

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Paul

VP of Public Policy

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Robin

Customer Success Manager

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Ryan

Agent Analyst

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Scott

Executive Chairman
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Srujan

Quality Analyst

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Sujeeth

Co-founder
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Suman

Co-founder
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Swapna

Fullfillment Operations

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Troy

COO

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Watson

Co-founder
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Wendell

Agent Analyst

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