1/ Here is the quick story of Aira––a truly mission-driven company & a HUGE HIRE.
Mike Randall joins after years of leadership at Yahoo, Facebook, and Snap....
2/ Aira was founded in January 2015 with a simple mission:
provide blind + low vision people with instant access to information.
3/ Using a pair of smart glasses, a smartphone app, + human AI-powered platform—
they create audio AR experiences by interpreting the world in real time to users––who they call Explorers—& empower them to make their own decisions w/the same info that sighted peers have at hand..
4/ The PRODUCT––
is built in partnership with blind and low-vision people, thanks to the many trials and experiments we’ve conducted with hundreds of people who are blind or have low vision around the country.
5/ The BRAND—
is built in partnership with consumer organizations who are deeply-rooted in a philosophy that strives for the enhanced independence of those who are blind or have low-vision.
6/ The TEAM—
is built in recognition of diversity, inclusion, empathy, passion for customers, and an attitude to make it happen.
7/ Our late partner + Aira co-founder with Suman––Larry Bock
always talked about the importance of assembling the right TEAM and stressed how TIMING was critical to bringing in the right talent at the right time & stage of a startup...
Aira works 24/7 w/deep community roots in national blind consumer orgs & agencies
-National Federation of the Blind
-American Council of the Blind
-American Foundation for the Blind
to make the world more accessible for ~ 300 MILLION blind +low vision people globally...
9/ We’re starting the year w/ >25,000 locations (!) where Aira is free to use
thanks to the ever-growing Aira Access Network
+ partnerships we’ve created with respected brands like AT&T, Walgreens + Bank of America...
...to our NEW + NEXT chapter of leadership + GROWTH!
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