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Newsday: LI artificial intelligence startup that can write emails snares $2.6M

OthersideAI Inc., a Melville, New York startup that harnesses artificial intelligence to ease the drudgery of writing emails, has snared $2.6 million in a funding round led by a West Coast venture capital firm.

OthersideAI Inc., a Melville, New York startup that harnesses artificial intelligence to ease the drudgery of writing emails, has snared $2.6 million in a funding round led by a West Coast venture capital firm. The seed funding round was led by Madrona Venture Group, an early investor in fellow Seattle company and online colossus Amazon.com Inc. Madrona, which manages $1.8 billion in assets, also has invested in several other AI startups.

The OthersideAI tool allows writers to jot down a few fragmentary bullet points that the software expands into a fully formed email. If desired, the software will write the email in Mandarin or one of several other languages. OthersideAI was cofounded in July by 20-year-old chief executive Matt Shumer, who is taking a gap year from his studies at Syracuse University as he builds the company. He met the other co-founders — product developer Miles Feldstein of Syracuse and user-experience designer Jason Kuperberg of Rochester — through Syracuse University’s Blackstone LaunchPad.

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