Sydney-based Curious Thing is an aptly named startup. The voice AI communication platform can call people and ask them questions like “How are you feeling today?” and then follow up with “How does it feel compared to yesterday?” Used primarily by health and financial companies, Curious Thing announced today it has raised $7 million AUD (about $4.8 million USD) in pre-Series A funding led by Hawkstone with participation from Black Sheep Capital, January Capital and returning investors Reinventure and Qualgro.
Curious Thing was founded in 2018 by CEO Sam Zheng, CTO Dr. Han Xu and chief strategy officer David Mckeague as an HR tech company, before pivoting to voice AI this year. The company says its platform has processed more than 3 million minutes of AI-human conversations so far. Its clients include Foodpanda, Quitline, Calvary and Medibank, Brighte, Humm Group and several state and local governments.