Speachme, a workplace training company, chose Austin as the headquarters for its U.S. operations, company executives said this week.
Speachme picked Austin over both Silicon Valley and New York due to Austin’s “central location and easy access to automotive and airline industries, food service, as well as manufacturing,” the company said in a news release.
The company, founded in France two years ago, has customers like Tesla, Airbus, Nissan and Coca-Cola.
Speechme has also secured $2.2 million in funding to expand in the U.S., and plans to hire six employees in the next 10 months. The company also will transfer two employees from San Francisco to Austin. Speachme has 41 employees worldwide.
Speachme is a technology platform that captures the 70 percent of workplace learning that typically comes from hands-on experience, the company says.
Its platform focuses on letting users control content creation and share technical skills and physical gestures.
“The innovation and unique needs of the manufacturing and industrial business sectors are the primary driver for the expansion of our operations,” said speachme CEO Najette Fellache.
Fellache said moving the company's U.S. headquarters to Austin is a strategic move.
“The city has long been a center of innovation and often breaks with convention,” Fellache said. “We share this DNA and look forward to contributing to the thriving local business community.”
Speachme’s target customers include major brands in the automotive and airline industries. Currently, Speachme has over 500,000 users across three continents.
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