Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

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Booking.com acquired a tiny software company called Evature, which is based in Tel Aviv and offers natural language and chatbot-related technologies for hotels, airlines, travel agencies, and airports. The sale came after this summer's news that Booking.com is opening a research and development center in Tel Aviv that will recruit dozens of employees. Evature's signature product is a virtual agent named Eva (Expert Virtual Agen) that conducts natural language interactions with customers on behalf of travel companies. The company raised $5 million in funding, according to The Marker, an Israeli business newspaper.