AskPorter secures Google’s first international investment

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by Charlie Spargo
AskPorter's Jamie Euesden, Tom Shrive and Curran McKay

Clerkenwell-based start-up AskPorter, specialists in AI-powered property management software, has announced it will be the recipient of generous funding from the Google Assistant Investments Program.

AskPorter’s AI assistant, Porter, acts as an efficient and practical middle man for property owners, management agencies and tenants. It helps make mundane tasks easier and improve occupant satisfaction.

For landlords and property manager, Porter is an effective personal assistant. For tenants, it behaves like a personal concierge.

The company was founded in 2016 by Tom Shrive and Samuel Tassell, originally from South-West London. The “significant” investment represents the first international funding venture for the Program – which provides capital, expertise and early access to Google innovations.

The investment program’s current portfolio includes Aiva Health, Edwin, and BotSociety.

Shrive, AskPorter’s Co-Founder, CEO and CTO, said “We’re delighted to have been selected as the Google Assistant Investment Program’s first international investment. This is a very positive reflection on our product, our opportunity and our team.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be able to work with the experts at Google to improve the AI and machine learning technology that powers Porter. We will be using the funds to attract more world-class talent into our team and build out product in preparation for our Series A early next year, for which we are seeing strong interest from investors.”

Jamie Euesden, AskPorter Operations Director, added “We’re really excited to be working with the Google Assistant team to deliver new ways to improve the relationship and decrease friction for landlords and their tenants, particularly through Google Home and other Assistant enabled devices.”