More than half of Zoom.ai’s employees, including nearly all its senior leaders, have left the company in the past two months, The Logic has learned.
The mass exodus includes chief technology officer Faisal Abid, who worked at Google and Kobo before joining the Toronto-based firm, which makes a virtual assistant that automates simple office tasks. André de Souza, vice-president of engineering, and Pouria Fewzee, chief data scientist, have also left, according to three sources who were granted anonymity to discuss confidential matters.
Zoom.ai won a series of major tech awards in 2018. The company was named New Startup of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Innovation Awards in February and Most Promising Startup of the Year by the National Angel Capital Organization, an industry association for angel investors, in October.
While it was winning public accolades, however, the company struggled to retain employees. Ten have resigned since mid-February, including two last Friday. One person was fired. Currently, Zoom.ai has six staff.