Learn Bamboo, a Seattle startup led by Jeff Bezos & # 39; former technology consultant, today launched its Bamboo Luminaries voice-based education app for Google Assistant-enabled devices such as Google Nest, Google Home, and Android phones.
The expansion on Google is remarkable, as Bamboo's apps were previously only available on Amazon Alexa devices.
Ian FreedBamboo, a former CEO of Amazon who led Kindle and Alexa development teams, started Bamboo in 2018 with a co-founder Irina Gut, a 30-year-old veteran in developing and teaching primary school curricula. Freed was Bezos' technology advisor from 2004 to 2005.
Bamboo Luminaries is a social science quiz game designed to teach students about history. Other Bamboo apps include Bamboo Math, Bamboo Music and others.
"Voice devices offer an alternative to screen time that children (and parents) can get tired of," said Freed. "This is especially true during the current pandemic."
Axios "Smart speakers offer opportunities for new application categories, but it remains difficult to make money in the market, which explains the relative lack of startups that focus on space."
Bamboo raised $ 1.4 million from Amazon's Alexa Fund, Wavemaker Partners, Unlock Venture Partners, VoicePunch, and tech veterans from Amazon, Apple, Disney, and Microsoft in December. Amazon already invested in the company in September 2018.