This week, Verbit is taking part in Accessibility Plus, a virtual event which will deep-dive into the important topic of digital accessibility. The event, which will be held on January 25th on Zoom, will offer participants expert-led sessions on the rise of digital accessibility lawsuits, the implications of 2021 lawsuits on the future and tips to implement throughout their businesses to avoid legal issues.

Join Verbit there to learn about accessibility trends being witnessed that are now affecting businesses’ bottom lines, as well as the importance of meeting legal benchmarks like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Participants will walk away with actionable strategies to implement accessibility measures throughout their website and company policies.

Business professionals, technology leaders and accessibility advocates alike will gather for an afternoon led by Accessibility.com focused on:

Don’t miss the chance to network with leading experts in business accessibility, legal requirements and more to ensure your business or brand is effectively engaging diverse audiences in your conversations, workplaces and marketing, to include consumers, customers, employees and potential candidates with disabilities.

With an increased focus on online accessibility and a 64% rise in accessibility lawsuits being witnessed, ensuring accessibility with the right insights is critical. Verbit’s leaders are excited to bring the company’s captioning and transcription tools front and center as a key solution that businesses can implement now to meet industry accessibility needs, particularly with the shifts to greater online, remote work and experiences.

Check out the Accessibility Plus event page to learn more and register.

Verbit was ranked No. 1 in Power in Diversity Israel’s 2021 Women in Startups Report for the best representation of women in large companies of 500 employees and more. The report was based on 424 startups and 70 venture capital firms surveyed.

Power in Diversity Israel, which commissioned the report, uncovered gender diversity numbers and insights, reasons why diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are important for startups and how to successfully promote inclusive practices.

Noteworthy companies joining Verbit at the top of their categories include Zencity, which secured the leading spot in mid-size companies of 100-500 employees and Darrow, which secured the top rank for small companies of 50-100 employees.

With Verbit’s core mission centered on making the world – including classrooms, workplaces and online environments – more inclusive, it has made inclusive hiring practices one of its leading initiatives. Verbit employs 1,000 people globally, and women amount to 60% of Verbit’s workforce.



“All the recent research done on the subject of gender diversity shows that it significantly contributes to the business achievements of companies,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Co-Founder, Verbit. “It produces different and varied directions of thinking and action that lead to more effective solutions in a large proportion of cases.”

At Verbit, 44% of managerial positions are held by women and the percentage of women in technological positions is about a quarter of all employees.

“At a time of fierce competition for quality manpower, I believe more and more women should be promoted into the industry,” Livne said. “Women should be encouraged to learn technological professions from an early age. If we make the field accessible to them and remove psychological obstacles, we will have a strong and creative workforce, working hard to reach goals, curious and loyal. One that I am personally proud to work with.”

Additional noteworthy 2021 Women In Startups report findings include:

The report also explored that people and culture, business development and product development all impacted the investment and benefit of DEI in the startup industry.

“A start-up that is attentive to the contribution of an inclusive culture, will reflect the variety of its customers’ identities in its own workforce. This will bring added value to the company and its ability to attract a diverse client base and grow its business. Companies who have a diverse management team and understand the value of DEI, demonstrate better financial results, are able to add improvements and changes to their product offering, and are more effective at problem solving and critical thinking,” the report states.


The report noted key connections among pain points, challenges, goals and how DEI policies can be instituted to serve them. For example, more diverse recruiting efforts can be considered when a startup’s leaders find themselves experiencing high turnover or fast expansion.

Power in Diversity Israel is a joint venture consisting of 60+ Israeli VC firms and 170+ Israeli startups to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the Israeli tech industry. The full report can be read here.

With approximately 43 million of the world’s population living with blindness, individuals who are blind play a large part in our global community. 

This World Braille Day, Verbit’s leaders are encouraging businesses, schools and the public to consider and recognize the challenges that individuals who are blind or have low vision may be facing on a daily basis.  While the Braille system has empowered millions of individuals who are blind with the ability to communicate, work and learn more effectively, there is more that can be done to offer greater inclusion and equity to these individuals.

“Systems like Braille have really enabled individuals who are blind to better succeed, but there are still barriers that we need to address. There are so many ways that people, businesses and institutions can continue to show up for people who are blind through further education and action,” said Scott Ready, Director of Customer Success & Accessibility Evangelist at Verbit.

World Braille Day commemorates the birthday of Louis Braille, who first developed the system which allows individuals to read and write through touch. Though Braille has empowered individuals who are blind to be able to read, many still struggle to find accessible versions of books and other types of media.

Challenges Facing the Blind Community

Being able to access information in accessible formats like Braille has been essential for individuals who are blind. However, more than 90% of all published material isn’t currently accessible and many individuals who are blind don’t know how to read Braille. Literacy remains a significant challenge in the blind community and only 10% of Americans who are blind can read braille. 

Helpful Ways To Include Individuals Who Are Blind

In the US alone, approximately 12 million people have vision impairments. Whether you’re an individual running a small business or a professional charged with managing a department within a corporation, you’re likely to work with someone or encounter a customer who is blind or has low vision. 

Here are some formats and tips you can incorporate to offer greater access to them.

Advocating for Greater Inclusion 

While incorporating these tips is a great starting point, individuals and professionals who seek to reach and engage with individuals who are blind will benefit from incorporating policies and technologies that drive long-term change. 

“The tools needed to support individuals who are blind and have disabilities are already available. It’s up to leaders to start advocating and applying these everywhere to better meet the needs of not just those who are blind, but all people with disabilities,” said Ready.

Verbit is committed to designing technology that helps businesses and organizations better include and support individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind and low vision. Reach out to learn more about our accessible audio description and transcription tools.

Many students fear that reporting their disability and access needs will result in them being ‘judged’ or ‘perceived differently.’

“Many students aren’t coming forward, either because they’re scared of being ‘labeled’ or because they’re not aware of the resources available to them,” said Bethany Stoltz, Customer Success Manager at Verbit, who works with colleges across the US and UK. “To truly include students of all abilities, we need to take a proactive approach in making them feel welcome and respected in our communities.”

To address this reality, many institutional leaders are also looking beyond just encouraging students to report their access needs, and are asking themselves, “What can I do to help my campus community understand disabilities better?”

To reach all students and educate the greater campus community around disabilities, Oregon State University’s accessibility leaders have launched a method using well-known Disney characters to illustrate different types of disabilities and normalize them.

To dive into this creative strategy, Verbit is hosting a live webinar for its higher education and eLearning communities on January 6th at 12pm EST. The event, Disabilities Through Disney Characters, will feature all-star accessibility expert Martha Smith, Director of Disability Access Services at OSU.

For over 30 years, Smith has been working in higher education to build better learning environments to make them more accessible and engaging for students with disabilities. As a disability expert, her professional goal is to find fun and creative ways to engage people around the topic of disability, with work that has helped thousands of students during her decades-long career.

In the webinar, Smith will discuss how she worked with faculty and staff to raise awareness about disabilities through the likes of Elsa, Tigger and Eeyore, to name a few. Stoltz will moderate the session and provide greater insights into approaches to promote greater inclusion and equity for students.

Live participants will also be able to engage in a Q&A to share their common experiences and learn how to better support students with unreported disabilities at their schools.

“There’s still so much to be done. Students with documented accommodations often aren’t being represented enough and there are so many ways that we can start making a difference in their education,” said Stoltz.

Don’t miss the chance to join Verbit live, meet your peers and learn how to better support and include students with disabilities at your institution. RSVP for the webinar here.

Today, Verbit announced it has acquired education and government industry veteran Automatic Sync Technologies. Automatic Sync Technologies is renowned for its transcription solution and expertise and was initially developed by a team of experts with a grant from the US Department of Education.

The acquisition furthers Verbit’s leading market position in the US transcription and captioning space, as well as accelerates Verbit’s penetration into the government arena. Verbit’s education customers will benefit from additional functionalities to democratize video accessibility at their institutions. With Automatic Sync Technologies, Verbit will further advance on its path toward promoting institution-wide inclusion by offering more efficient and effective transcription, captioning and audio description services.

“Together with Automatic Sync Technologies, Verbit can create greater impact by bringing its high-quality transcription to more students, professionals and consumers,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “I’m thrilled to have such a strongly recognized team and product join us on this journey.”

The Great Value of This Acquisition

This acquisition will provide all universities and partners with a more comprehensive offering and full domain expertise. The two companies share the same vision of the education transcription market and the evolution from accessibility based on disability requirements to greater engagement and inclusivity for all students.

Kevin Erler, CEO, Automatic Sync Technologies furthered this sentiment by stating, “We are excited to join the Verbit family. Their vision for the present and future of video accessibility and the planned investment in us will empower us to bring the vision of why we started this company 18 years ago to life. Now we can invest more aggressively in our product and make our roadmap and vision into realities.”

Verbit also acquired VITAC, a specialist in real-time captioning and transcription, in May. Verbit will continue to accelerate its expansion with more strategic acquisitions, where it can identify companies that will allow Verbit to invest more in specific industries.

With Automatic Sync Technologies and VITAC within the Verbit domain, unmatched value will be provided to all customers, including a complete suite of content accessibility solutions, supreme accuracy that meets ADA guidelines, fast transcription, robust integrations with LMS and video hosting platforms and dedicated customer support.

More on Automatic Sync Technologies

Automatic Sync Technologies has been providing closed captioning services for over 17 years, producing more than 5 million caption files for over 5,000 customers. In 2003, AST was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Education, providing the company’s initial funding. Founders Kevin Erler, Ph.D. and Brent Robertson then worked in collaboration with a team of expert advisors to develop the most cost-efficient, high quality, closed captioning service available today.

Scott Ready, Director, Customer Success and Accessibility Evangelist at Verbit, was recently the featured guest on Accessibility.com’s “Accessibility Matters” video series. Ready has worked in the accessibility realm for over 25 years. In his role at Verbit, he currently works with leading universities and institutions to ensure their learning environments are accessible to students with disabilities, among others.

Some of his greatest work revolves around efforts to promote a proactive stance to accessibility measures, encouraging universities to craft plans to provide accessibility measures, such as captioning, to students and audiences from the get-go, rather than responding reactively to one-off requests for access.

Ready was interviewed by John M. Griffin, Publisher, Accessibility.com, a site which focuses on providing education and resources on digital accessibility, physical accessibility, disabilities, relevant laws and more. The site’s mission to create objective and trustworthy information and resources to become a catalyst for equal access to the physical and digital worlds.

“A friend of mine used to say, ‘What cranks your tractor? What gets you up in the morning?’ What really motivates you in doing what you do on a day-to-day basis. I would have to say in my field, it is really enabling education to be experienced by all with as low of a barrier as possible,” Ready said. “I can’t say that we remove all barriers because there are so many barriers that are out there. If I feel like we can eliminate some of the barriers, then I feel like it’s been a win.”

The video interview can be watched in full here:

Ready spoke about the power of captioning and transcription and ways that all students, regardless of disabilities, can benefit from access to technologies that offer these additional consumption formats to them. He went on students utilizing transcription tools can avoid having to take copious notes and instead focus on the lecture at hand to better digest course information and rest assured that a word-for-word transcript will be provided to them after class to reference and study from more effectively.

Find out more and watch additional episodes featuring the likes of Jim McCann, Founder, 1-800-Flowers.com and Alycia Anderson, Founder, Alycia Anderson Company here on Accessibility.com.

Verbit will now provide more Kaltura customers with greater video accessibility. Verbit and Kaltura have expanded their partnership to offer Kaltura customers advanced AI-based captioning, incredible speech recognition technology and fast delivery times to meet the needs of today’s video audiences.

Following the shift to virtual events, online learning and remote work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, more of Kaltura’s customers are now taking advantage of Verbit’s trusted Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). As a result, they’re providing enhanced video experiences, fast accessibility and increased engagement to their audiences.

“We’re thrilled to bring our collaboration with Kaltura to the next level, servicing world-class universities and corporations of all types and sizes,” said Jacques Botbol, Vice President of Marketing at Verbit. “We look forward to our continued collaboration as we bring transcripts and captions of the highest quality to Kaltura’s customers.” 

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A Partnership Fueling Greater Accessibility

With greater online learning and video resources being shared, Verbit and Kaltura are embarking on a joint mission to make all video and audio content accessible and actionable. Together, the companies have a shared goal of delivering technologies that offer better accessibility to students and video audiences globally.

The new partnership extends beyond meeting baseline accessibility. In addition to helping individuals with disabilities, such as those with hearing and vision loss, Verbit’s end-to-end captioning will offer all Kaltura platform users with the ability to offer all students and viewers searchable transcripts and multi-language captioning so that all viewer needs and preferences can be accounted for.

Offering Built-In Captioning to Kaltura Customers

Kaltura customers now have the ability to easily request captioning and transcription within the Kaltura platform itself, removing the need to get captioning through an outside integration or manual upload process.

Kaltura’s customers will also benefit from captions produced by a combination of Verbit’s unmatched AI and its network of 35,000 professional transcribers to deliver 99%+ accuracy needed to meet ADA guidelines and accessibility benchmarks.

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Making Video Captioning Easier

Verbit’s expanded partnership with Kaltura will make captioning video more attainable and easier to those using the platform. With Verbit’s captioning and transcription technology built-in, Kaltura will be able to address the growing need to provide live and on-demand video experiences that are more engaging and equitable.

Leading businesses and institutions, such as Virginia Tech and many others are already benefiting from Verbit’s and Kaltura’s important relationship and integrations to help drive inclusive and accessible learning experiences within video platforms like Kaltura. To learn more about how Verbit is helping to make live and recorded videos more inclusive and accessible to Kaltura users and others, please reach out.

As university leaders struggle to raise enrollment rates from the 72% decrease experienced this year, many are turning to international students. Verbit hosted a live webinar with guest speaker Julie Merendino, Assistant Director of International Admissions of American University to provide our audience with insights on how to attract and retain these students.

16% of undergraduate students and 13% of graduate students are internationals at American University. With COVID-19 restrictions and more virtual learning opportunities, making international students feel as part of the campus community as possible is more important than ever.

Here are 10 things you should consider with regard to international students as shared by Merendino live in the webinar:

1. Provide Each Student with a Tailored Experience:

Tailoring the experiences of each individual student is crucial to the admissions process. “It’s not one size fits all. With all sorts of different voices and perspectives in the classroom, we’re making sure we send out personalized communications as much as possible,” said Merendino. Crafting emails with specific action items and providing sessions with translation to the students’ native language are some effective strategies.

2. Include Their Family in the Process:

Parents and close family members often play a key part in a student’s final decision to study abroad. “It can be daunting to be in a different country and far away from your family and your community,” said Lindsay Tulloss, Customer Success Manager, Verbit. International parents are often involved in the students’ application process, so providing them with a point of contact to reach out to for support is key to ensuring that admissions needs are met.

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3. Continue to Account for Remote Learning Needs:

While some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, many international students are still learning remotely. “Schools are still investing in making their education accessible and available to those international students that have to continue learning remotely,” said Tulloss. Universities are supporting online students by offering different ways to engage online, such as providing transcription for course video so they have the opportunity to review video in a written format as notes for studying.

4. Use Diverse Communication Strategies:

Using multiple types of communication during the enrollment process has proved beneficial to American University’s admissions process, helping bridge visa or application issues that students often face. “We have targeted emails and webinars that go out to our parents, as well as newsletters that go to school counselors. We like to include that information in a newsletter to keep them updated, making sure that everybody knows they have a touch point,” said Merendino.

5. Make Office Hours for ‘Check Ins’ Mandatory:

Office hours can help provide students with the ability to connect with their professors and develop interpersonal relationships outside of the classroom. “At AU, it’s something that’s actually required for all first-year students in their first semester when they take the transitions class,” said Merendino. “One of the assignments is to go to a professor’s office hours and write a journal entry about your experience to share with others.”

6. Implement Tools for Greater Student Support:

For live events, webinars or virtual meetings, using tools like the live captioning Verbit offers to other universities can help make sessions more engaging for students and their families. “Our ultimate goal is to continually make the process more inclusive and accessible for students,” said Merendino. “It’s very helpful to have live captioning because, maybe you speak English incredibly well, but it’s coming at you too fast. Captioning is so helpful as an extra support, because you’re also sent a script that you can review afterwards.”

Verbit Webinar, Including & Supporting International Students In Honor of International Student Day, November 17th, 1PM EST, Watch On-Demand

7. Assign International Student Buddies:

Providing students with a peer they can talk to during the admissions process helped American University’s students feel more connected on campus. “A core part of our current international students volunteered to be part of our recruitment process. They reach out to students for one-on-one contact and sometimes lead small virtual groups,” said Merendino.

Paving the Path for International Student Success

Setting up international students with buddies, effective tools, open communication and more will help them feel heard and supported.

You can view the full webinar on-demand here to dive deeper into these tactics.

Verbit can also serve as an unmatched resource for your international students, helping to power their live classes, course videos and more with captioning and transcription that will allow them to participate in classes more effectively, as well as translations of class transcripts to ensure they fully comprehend their material. Reach out to us today.

Today, Verbit announced it has closed its Series E funding round at $250 million, bringing the company’s valuation to $2 billion just five years after it was founded.

This new round will further enhance Verbit’s market leadership in the transcription industry, as well as the value that the voice AI platform brings to customers who rely on Verbit’s technology and team of transcribers to ensure all environments are inclusive.

“This funding round is a vote of confidence in our ability to solidify our position as the market leader within the transcription space,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “We built a powerful technological platform to modernize this industry and our strategy to build vertically integrated, voice AI solutions has brought tremendous value to our customers and enabled their businesses to become more accessible.”

Background on the Series E Round

This fundraise was led by Third Point Ventures, with key participation from existing investors Sapphire Ventures, More Capital, Disruptive AI, Vertex Growth, 40North, Samsung Next and TCP. It comes after securing a $150 million primary investment and $100 million in secondary transactions.

“Verbit’s exceptionally talented team has achieved scale and leadership in an incredibly short time. We are excited to significantly increase our investment in Verbit and look forward to continuing to contribute to the company’s evolution and growth trajectory,” said Robert Schwartz, Managing Partner at Third Point Ventures, who will join Verbit’s board of directors.

Verbit’s total funding now exceeds $550 million (including secondary transactions). Since Verbit raised its Series D funding of $157 million last May, the company’s valuation has doubled. This robust new round demonstrates investor confidence in Verbit’s promise to revolutionize the $30 billion transcription market.

Following tremendous company growth

Verbit’s employee headcount has grown to 450, along with 35,000 freelancer transcribers and 600 professional captioners globally. Verbit now serves as the trusted captioning and transcription partner for over 1,600 customers across the media, education, corporate, legal and government sectors.

Verbit’s team has been constantly improving its AI platform to offer greater opportunities for the company to deepen its commitment to accessibility needs. With advanced technologies and full integrations into video-focused platforms, Verbit’s customers will be able to embrace digital transformation and operate more efficiently with customized workflows that meet their unique transcription and captioning needs.

Going forward

With this financing, Verbit will increase investment in product development and continue the company’s vertical and geographical expansion. Verbit also plans to pursue further M&A opportunities to add scale and new capabilities to enhance its value to media, education, corporate, legal and government clients.

“Verbit is a special company combining exceptional technology-driven organic and inorganic growth in the transcription marketplace,” said Schwartz.

Verbit will only continue to deliver greater value and customization to customers and individuals who utilize the secure platform for all of their captioning, transcription and additionally accessibility needs. This milestone marks a greater stride forward in Verbit’s leading mission: to make all content and environments more inclusive to everyone.

For more information on this news, please feel free to contact Alison Smith at alison.smith@verbit.ai.

78% of people watch videos online every week. As video becomes one of the most engaging mediums for educating, marketing and connecting with audiences, it’s critical for professionals to use it wisely. In partnership with Brightcove Media, Verbit has joined Brightcove Marketplace’s robust partner ecosystem, a platform that allows its users to learn about tools and integrations that extend the value of their video.

Verbit is providing Brightcove users with speech to text tools like AI captioning and transcription that deliver results directly in their video. The partner listing provides users with information about Verbit’s tools, details about the captioning integration and ways to get in touch with developers.

Hundreds of users are implementing Brightcove’s video solutions, engagement features and partner tools to increase the value of their video while providing accessible experiences for their diverse customer base. Professionals using Brightcove Marketplace can start taking action to improve their video by learning about the useful tools and capabilities its platform offers.

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Benefits of Using Brightcove Marketplace

Brightcove Marketplace is making integrations like Verbit’s readily available to their customers. The public listings provide them with the means to search for tools that can help solve their video challenges, enabling them to use add-on technologies that partners have developed to enhance Brightcove’s video player.

Brightcove’s video player also offers users built-in features like keyboard navigation, engagement tracking, and accessibility WCAG 2 compliance. They also provide users with WebVTT caption files that allow them to view captions on mobile iOS devices in full-screen mode.

Setting Up The Integration

Setting up the Verbit-Brightcove Integration takes only a few minutes. The setup process involves logging into both the Brightcove and Verbit accounts and then copying the integration passwords between the platforms. Once the setup process is complete, both accounts will be linked so that users have the ability to request captions for their video directly within Brightcove.

Users can make their first captioning request by going to the media section in Brightcove, selecting the video they want to caption and then by adding a captioning tag to the detail of the video. Once the video is saved, it will automatically be sent to Verbit for captioning.

The solution runs the video through an advanced speech recognition system to generate the transcript and then routes it to a professional transcriber, who edits the text for greater accuracy, punctuation and grammar.

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Enhance Your Video with Brightcove Integrations

With Brightcove Marketplace, customers can connect directly with integration and application developers like Verbit and get support from Brightcove to ensure a better viewing experience. Video accessibility integrations like Verbit’s are helping improve video outcomes, allowing all users to engage and participate effectively with video accessibility tools like captioning.

Verbit provides video integrations with platforms like Brightcove to leading technology companies, universities and businesses promote better engagement and audience reach. To learn more about Verbit’s integrations and captioning, audio description and live captioning tools, reach out.