H2O.AI began nearly six years in the past with a mission to simplify and democratize synthetic intelligence. In the present day the corporate introduced a $40M Collection C spherical.
Nvidia and Wells Fargo led the spherical with participation from New York Life, Crane Enterprise Companions, Nexus Enterprise Companions and Transamerica Ventures. In the present day’s funding brings the entire raised to date to $75 million. The final spherical was for $20M nearly precisely two years in the past.
CEO Sri Ambati says his firm is trying to democratize AI, whilst the most important tech corporations like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Fb and Salesforce attempt to take management of this market by constructing proprietary instruments and sucking up a lot of the expertise.
His firm has taken a unique method. They’ve created a platform with a mix of open supply instruments and merchandise to deliver this know-how to corporations that don’t essentially have the assets to rent information scientists and programmers with deep AI data, however nonetheless wish to construct these applied sciences into their functions.
This isn’t to say the corporate has ignored the larger gamers. It nonetheless is partnering with AWS and Azure, even because it competes with them. The method appears to be working as the corporate experiences that 100,000 information scientists, 12,400 organizations and almost half of the Fortune 500 are utilizing their merchandise.
Final summer time, it launched Driverless AI, a product that brings a excessive stage of automation to the machine studying course of that might put it in attain of even non-technical finish customers. TechCrunch’s John Mannes, writing concerning the launch described it this fashion:
All of H2O.ai’s merchandise assist to make AI extra accessible, however Driverless AI takes issues a step additional by bodily automating lots of the powerful choices that must be made when getting ready a mannequin. Driverless AI automates function engineering, the method by which key variables are chosen to construct a mannequin.
The corporate launched in 2011 and has near 70 staff. They are going to be hiring extra with new infusion of money with plans to develop to Europe within the subsequent 12 months. Clients embrace Capital One, Comcast, AT&T and Kaiser, amongst others.
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