How Nithya Thadani Is Bringing Voice Technology To Deskless Workers

The Crunchbase “Female Founder Series,” is a series of stories, Q&As, and thought-leadership pieces from glass-ceiling-smashers who overcame the odds and are now leading successful companies.

Nithya Thadani is the CEO of RAIN, an industry leader in voice and conversational AI. After building her career in investment banking and innovation, Thadani moved to voice technology in 2016, and RAIN’s story in voice began. 

Over the past five years, RAIN has built voice-assistant experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Nike, Nestlé, BlackRock, Starbucks, and Wynn Las Vegas. RAIN recently raised a Series A round led by Stanley Ventures, the investment arm of Stanley Black & Decker, to build voice solutions for the workplace.

In this Q&A, we ask Thadani about how she navigated fundraising, her aspirations for voice technology, and what advice she would offer to others on the entrepreneurial journey.


Q: Tell us about your background. What led you to enter the voice AI industry?

I’ve been leading RAIN for the past four years. I started my career in investment banking and went on to work in new product innovation before moving to voice technology. Investment banking was a two-year crash course on how businesses operate, while my innovation work was all about uncovering white space opportunities for the future. These collective experiences have helped me a great deal at RAIN as we navigate new territory in voice tech. 

When RAIN started out in voice AI, there were many early indications (Read more...)