Will.i.am was sitting in a tight, grey conference room in San Francisco’s Moscone Center when he dropped a bomb on me: Not Amazon, nor Apple, nor Google, nor anyone had developed a real voice assistant… yet.
When will.i.am says he’s working on an assistant, I say I have one on my iPhone.
“No, you don’t,” he said. He grabbed his own phone from the table. “That’s a platform on iOS.”
I’m meeting with him to learn about Omega, which he — like any confident entrepreneur — argues is far superior than its competitors. Yes, will.i.am believes he has the next big thing, and he’s not alone. There’s $117 million in fresh venture funding and a team of Amazon veterans with him. Read more…