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ElevenLabs raises $19M

ElevenLabs, a voice technology research and audio AI software company, has raised $19 million in a Series A funding round.

The investment in ElevenLabs was co-led by Nat Friedman, Daniel Gross, and Andreessen Horowitz. Credo Ventures and Concept Ventures also participated in the funding, along with Embark Studios, Storytel and TheSoul Publishing.

Angel investors in ElevenLabs’ Series A include Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, Oculus VR co-founder Brendan Iribe, Ubiquity6 co-founder Anjney Midha, Deepmind & Inflection co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, Runway co-founder Siqi Chen, Inkitt co-founder Ali Albazaz, Reface co-founder Dima Shvets, Perplexity AI co-founder Aravind Srinivas, Vercel founder Guillermo Rauch, O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly, Creator Ventures and SV Angel.

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