Genesys has raised a $580 million round of funding, which is intended to accelerate the company’s leadership in the Experience as a Service market globally.
The oversubscribed round was led by Salesforce Ventures with participation from other investors ServiceNow Ventures; Zoom Video Communications; funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, D1 Capital Partners and another large US-based West Coast mutual fund manager.
“Two years ago, we saw the challenge businesses faced in meeting the expectations of consumers and employees around digital experiences. We realized we had an opportunity to transform not only our company but the overall industry,” said Tony Bates, CEO and Chairman of Genesys. “We believe this fundraise, including raising from leading strategic investors, validates the achievements we have made to date and will accelerate our continuing efforts to expand and realize the vast Experience as a Service market opportunity ahead.”
“Customer expectations continue to rise exponentially around personalized, empathetic, and connected experiences,” said John Somorjai, EVP of Corporate Development and Salesforce Ventures at Salesforce. “We believe our investment in Genesys will not only help accelerate the company’s success but the success of our joint customers.”
This offering values Genesys at a valuation of $21 billion.
Genesys also introduced the industry’s first multi-cloud architecture, delivered several hundred innovations across its customer experience platforms, released a new workforce engagement solution and launched the Genesys DXTM solution, a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) and digital experience product targeted at new sales and marketing audiences. Acquisitions also further enhanced the company’s capabilities in AI and experience orchestration.
The announcement reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to enhance its ecosystem through new and expanded strategic alliances, most recently with Google Cloud.
Genesys has also introduced initiatives for system integrators, channel partners, technology partners and independent consultants that provide them with a programmatic path to business as part of the ecosystem.
Nearly 7,000 organizations around the world, including 17 of the top 20 Fortune 500 companies, now deliver customer or employee experiences with Genesys.
Given the strength of the Genesys cloud offerings, ecosystem and customer momentum, the strategic investments highlight the commercial opportunities for new use cases, new industries, new buyers and new geographies.