Palantir Purchases Voicegem Team, Ditches Voicegem Product


Palantir – the data analytics and software company making big waves in government and enterprise – purchased the team behind Voicegem, according to TechCrunch. Voicegem, a voice-based e-mail service, will shut down on March 15, and the talent behind it – including the Stanford-educated founders, Arda Kara and Alexander Blessing – will become full-time members of Palantir.

Kara and Blessing have built the app over the past six months, and The Hacker News estimates the app has averaged about 138 voice messages a day. The product had not received any additional funding besides Y Combinator money.

The acquisition is another example of institutionalized tech firms acquiring talent over product – similar to Pinterest’s purchase and subsequent shutdown of recipe aggregator Punchfork in January. Neither Punchfork nor Voicegem had the product to build ‘empires,’ per se, but their teams proved their talent to be buy-worthy.