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Harvard to Use Tel Aviv-Based Transcription Startup Verbit For Distant Learning

Harvard University will use technology developed by Verbit Sto transcribe classes for students that cannot attend due to the coronavirus pandemic

Meir Orbach 15:4415.03.20

Even prestigious universities cannot escape the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the mobility restrictions it brings. Many universities, including Ivy League institution Harvard University, have shifted all graduate and undergraduate classes to online instruction until further notice. To help students keep up, Harvard will use technology developed by Tel Aviv-based transcription startup Verbit Software Ltd. to transcribe classes, Verbit announced Sunday.


Founded in 2016, Verbit develops an artificial intelligence system capable of automatically transcribing recorded speech. A human operator fluent in the relevant field of the conversation, such as law, insurance, or mechanics, then checks the output for errors and inaccuracies. In January, the company announced it had raised a $31 million in a series B funding round, bringing the company’s total funding to date to $65 million.

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