Nexus Venture Partners leads $2.8 mln round for Mezi

Virtual executive assistant Mezi has secured $2.8 million in funding. Nexus Venture Partners led the round.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.— Mezi is your all-hours executive assistant, connecting you in real-time, anytime with human experts to research, recommend and purchase everything you need. Today, the company announced it has raised $2.8 million led by Nexus Venture Partners.

Through a simple messaging interface, let Mezi take care of arranging flights and hotel stays, buying items for work or personal use, or planning an evening out with friends. Mezi gives busy professionals their time back by providing quality recommendations they can trust. Mezi is also available completely free on iPhone via the App Store and Android via SMS.

Mezi runs on Smart Assist, a powerful proprietary technology platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to streamline expert workflows and reduce response times. Smart Assist learns customer preferences over time, enabling our experts to tailor each of the three recommendations to the client’s unique needs. Smart Assist includes a cloud-based suite of tools that allows Mezi experts working from anywhere to connect with their customers.

“There are a lot of apps out there built for consumers who love to shop around,” said Snehal Shinde, Mezi’s COO and Co-Founder. “Mezi is the first app catering to business people, who don’t necessarily have the time or desire to shop, but still want to get the best product.”

Some real-life Mezi client examples include:
Fashion Shopping: Mezi experts helped a client buy a blazer from the coveted Balmain x H&M collection, which sold out online within minutes of launch; stores around the world garnered overnight lines wrapping around the block before also selling out.

Travel Planning: Mezi helped another client plan his entire business trip to Asia, booking everything from hotels and flights to meal reservations and entertainment.

Perfect Device: Mezi helped a client find the perfect lightweight desktop monitor for her home office, one she could easily bring with her to the coffee shop.

Using Mezi is incredibly simple. First, request the item or service you’re hoping to purchase. You’ll receive three thoughtfully curated recommendations within minutes. Recommendations are sourced across the web, which means that Mezi’s experts search thousands of retailers to find you the right item at a great price, sometimes even applying coupons or membership discounts. Since the service is free, you only pay the retailer’s price.

“Mezi redefines what it means to shop,” said Swapnil Shinde, Mezi’s CEO and Co-Founder. “Our goal is to get busy professionals the right product at the right price in only a few messages.”

Mezi’s team brings together decades of retail and technology experience. Shopping experts hail from top retail brands such as Bulgari, Nordstrom, Best Buy and American Express Travel. The technology team consists of veterans from Google, Amazon, LinkedIn and Yahoo.

Mezi was founded by serial entrepreneurs and twin brothers Swapnil and Snehal Shinde, whose last company, the music streaming service Dhingana, was acquired by Rdio. Mezi’s investors and advisors include Nexus Venture Partners, Manish Chandra (Founder and CEO of Poshmark), Nickhil Jakatdar (Founder and CEO of Vuclip), Scott Bagby (Former President of Rdio and VP Skype), Chris Becherer (SVP Product of Rdio), Rajan Navani (VC & MD, Jetline Group Of Companies) and Rajesh Kamat (Group COO of CA Media Asia from The Chernin Group).
Mezi is available on the iOS App Store or via www.mezi.com.

About Mezi
Mezi is your all-hours executive assistant. take care of the research, present you with options, and help you place the order. Part personal shopper, part concierge, Mezi finds business people exactly what they need with just a few texts. Mezi is a truly human interface: a trusted partner you can depend on. Powered by artificial intelligence and assisted by human experts, Mezi gets smarter and faster with every customer interaction. Founded in 2015 by serial entrepreneurs Swapnil Shinde and Snehal Shinde, Mezi is now available on iOS and via SMS. Learn more at www.mezi.com.