Grammarly is Heading to Work

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud with 11 Comments

Grammarly CEO Brad Hoover and General Catalyst managing director Hemant Taneja

Grammarly, which makes an AI-powered digital writing assistant, announced that it has secured $90 million in its latest round of funding. With this new investment, Grammarly says it will continue to advance its cutting-edge technology to further build out the communication capabilities of its assistant for individuals and, now, businesses too.

“Communication is a fundamental human need that helps us all connect and thrive,” Grammarly CEO Brad Hoover says. “But effective communication requires talent and time, and it can be very challenging. Grammarly’s AI fills this gap by empowering people worldwide—both native and non-native English writers, for personal, professional, and academic reasons—to communicate clearly and effectively.”

Grammarly was founded in 2009, and the company reports that it’s been profitable since 2011. Its online writing tools, available in web browsers, applications, and in mobile keyboards, have become essential to the firm’s 20+ million users, which rely on Grammarly every day. Over time, the products have advanced to include not just spelling and grammar checking, but also such things as clarity, consistency writing tone, and more.

With this latest investment from returning investor General Catalyst and other returning and new investors, Grammarly will expand to support businesses of all sizes, and it’s planning a new product that it says will facilitate strong and consistent professional writing across entire teams.

“We first invested in Grammarly to help them evolve into a platform that could improve written communication everywhere it happens,” General Catalyst managing director Hemant Taneja says. “The company’s ability to attract the talent needed to grow that platform continues to impress us, and today we’re excited to increase our investment to achieve their worthy mission.”

You can learn more about Grammarly on its website.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Grammarly is Heading to Work”

  1. bart

    One would think MS would buy this company. Fits right into their strategy IMHO

  2. lwetzel

    It is interesting to me that Grammarly does not seem to function on this site when I post comments. That is not good as I tend to misspell and use bad grammar.

  3. will

    I have used their paid service when I had to write a pretty long letter and while the free version does a really good job, the paid version was just amazing. The stuff it would recommend and catch, while not 100%, was at least 3-4x better than anything Word could offer.

    I don't write that much, outside of the emails and some online items so I could not really continue using it, but if I was doing any sort of online posting or articles I would be using this all the time.

  4. oddfpv

    any prospect of adding other languages to the program? That's what i'm waiting for.

  5. Hougaard

    Still waiting for them to add Grammarly support to VS Code (for Markdown editing), that would be sooo awesome!

  6. greenloco

    It's crap on an Android phone.

  7. Daekar

    From our experience with Grammarly in our house, this service is easily overhyped. My wife, who took English as one of her majors and has always been valued at work for her compositional skill, apparently cannot write a decent sentence according to this thing, and it reacts similarly to my writing as well - and my writing was one of the few things that rarely got criticized in my numerous English classes in college. I think it's fine if you really don't know how to write well already, but if you have exceeded a middle school competency then it just gets in the way.

  8. musanna

    grammarly help me a lots for my blog to write and fix website issues.

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