A VC-in-a-Box crowned Dataholics.io at the 6th AI Startup Battle in São Paulo

The 6th Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle came to an end yesterday in São Paulo in fully automated fashion. The jury of this unique battle, PreSeries’ algorithms, has predicted with a score of 96.50 out of 100 that Dataholics is the startup most likely to succeed from among other contenders. Dataholics captures and structures millions of data points about people on social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter, Google search results, blogs, web portals and online services. Their algorithm creates a unified profile for each person based on behavioral, professional and demographic indicators from their email, cell phone, name or ID.

From left to right: Renato Valente – Country Manager – Telefonica Open Future_ & Wayra Brasil; João Gabriel Souza – Co-Founder & CEO – Mr. Descartes; Eduardo D. Martucci – Founder and CEO – Voice Commerce; Daniel Mendes – Founder and CEO – Dataholics; Dhiogo Corrêa – Data Architect – Itera; Rafael Libardi – Public Relations Executive – Data H.

In the battle, all five startups have had the chance to introduce their company during a 5­-minute pitch. Later on, PreSeries’ AI took the time to ask some questions to all the contenders about key aspects of their business. The exchange was made possible through a voice-assistant device present on stage (thus the name ‘VC-in-a-box’).

Itera, came in 2nd with a score of 86.81. Itera is a technology company founded in 2008 and established in São Carlos/SP, always aiming to build innovative solutions for its clients. They are now investing in a machine learning platform for text mining named ALICE. The platform is currently focusing on finance, and marketing case studies.

Mr. Descartes got the 3rd position with a score of 62.13. This company provides a chatbot to help cities improve their waste management and sustainability. They work in collaboration with local governments, businesses, and people from the community in order to generate data, educate the public and build lasting partnerships.

Voice Commerce was the 4th startup in the ranking with a score of 62.12. Voice Commerce is a voicebot that provides anyone with a simple, objective and secure online purchase experience through voice commands. It creates the perfect solution for people with visual impairment when buying goods and services online.

Finally, Data H achieved the 5th position with a score of 62.10. DATA H is a startup focused on creating intelligent products and artificial intelligence outsourcing of research and development. DATA H has created its own ecosystem to enable artificial intelligence projects for a diverse set of sectors.

After the event, BigML CEO & Co-founder and President of PreSeries,Francisco J. Martin, shared his thoughts: “Having organized our 6th AI Startup Battle in only the last year and a half across the globe, it is amazing to us that humans are surprisingly open and adaptable in trusting PreSeries algorithms to assess the future prospects of startups. What started as a crazy idea has come to be seen as an obvious need. This can be attributed to the investment professionals being overwhelmed with mountains of new data created every day, which in turn highlights the acute need for objective assistance and automation.”

This edition of the battle took place on June 21 in São Paulo, Brazil, at the PAPIs Connect conference, Latin America’s 1st conference on real-world Machine Learning applications.

Our next AI Startup Battle will be in Boston (Microsoft N.E.R.D. – MIT) for PAPIs ’17 (Oct. 24-25), stay tuned on Twitter with #AIStartupBattle and @PreSeries.

AI Startup Battle in São Paulo – Meet the Contenders!

PreSeries, the joint venture between Telefónica Open Future_ and BigML, will be hosting a brand new AI Startup Battle at PAPIs Connect on June 21 in São Paulo. PAPIs Connect is Latin America’s 1st conference on real-world Machine Learning applications and will feature talks from BigML, Nubank, Uber, IBM and many more.

But what makes the AI Startup Battle so special? Well, it is the absence of human involvement in selecting the eventual winner. Indeed, a human jury is no longer needed thanks to PreSeries’ AI. Our voice-controlled AI communicates with the contenders live on-stage and generates scores to rank the startups and choose the winner. In our AI Startup Battles, our Artificial Intelligence is made available through a little device on stage. Our little “VC-in-a-box”, asks the contenders a set of questions and chooses its follow-up questions based on answers given to previous ones. It will naturally focus on questions that have the most predictive power in its own bias-free opinion. In the end, the startup with the highest score is announced as the winner.

Meet the contenders!

At this point, you may be wondering who will be competing in the battle, so let’s get to know the contenders.

Dataholics

Dataholics captures and structures millions of data points about people on social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter, Google search results, blogs, web portals and online services. Their algorithm creates a unified profile for each person based on behavioral, professional and demographic indicators from their email, cell phone, name or ID.

Voice Commerce

Voice Commerce is a voicebot that provides anyone with a simple, objective and secure online purchase experience through voice commands. It creates the perfect solution for people with visual impairment when buying goods and services online.

Data H

DATA H is a company focused on creating intelligent products and artificial intelligence outsourcing of research and development. DATA H has created its own ecosystem to enable artificial intelligence projects for a diverse set of sectors.

Mr. Descartes

Mr. Descartes provides a chatbot to help cities improve their waste management and sustainability. They work in collaboration with local governments, businesses, and people from the community in order to generate data, educate the public and build lasting partnerships.

Itera

Itera is a technology company founded in 2008 and established in São Carlos/SP, always aiming to build innovative solutions for its clients. They are now investing in a machine learning platform for text mining named ALICE. The platform is currently focusing on finance, and marketing case studies.

Stay tuned!

Be sure to stay tuned as the winner will be announced right after the event on social media (on Twitter with #AIStartupBattle) as well as on our blog. For more details, please follow us on: LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. The countdown starts now!

PreSeries’ algorithms chose Smartvel as best startup at the 5th AI Startup Battle

PreSeries, hosted the 5th edition of the AI Startup Battle at the exclusive Global Tourism Innovation Summit taking place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on June 9. The event served as the meeting point of top international professionals discussing topics such as Tourism Innovation / AI / IoT / VR / Smart Destinations / Hotels / OTA / Tour Operator / Airlines / Connectivity / Big Data / New Technologies / Machine Learning / Airports / Ports / Infrastructure / Smart Mobility / Smart Management & Solutions / Dynamic And Immersive / Video Wall Experiences / Digital Signage / Mobile / Apps. The summit was organized by Agora Next Telefónica Open Future_, the first global tourism innovation program from Telefónica, a strategic partner oriented towards companies and entrepreneurs, who aspire to become a global reference of Tourism 4.0. A large crowd of tourism experts and decision makers came to witness the power of the PreSeries Machine Learning algorithms.

Sr. D. Iñigo Valenzuela (center) – CEO of Smartvel – Winner of the 5th edition, receiving his prize alongside Valentín Fernández, Global Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Telefónica Open Future_ (center left) and Kemel Kharbichi, CEO and President of Agora Next (center right).

With a score of 96.51, Smartvel, a SaaS Supplier of Digital Destination Content, was crowned winner of the 5th edition of the AI Startup Battle. They have built a unique tool combining three types of content:

  • dynamic content like up-to-date travel agenda
  • traditional destination content gathered through geolocalization, e.g., restaurants, points of interest, sights and attractions
  • geocoded layers of content recommended by their clients to promote and cross-sell passes, places or events.

The second place finisher was Apartool with a score of 86.82. Apartool is the bridge between apartment blocks, aparthotels, and tour operators. This intermediation project aims to give travel agencies the smartest way to offer a global service to all their clients. Apartools offers, through a platform, the first booking solution specialized in the booking of entire buildings for touristic purposes.

Finally, the third position, with 67.82 points, was for MallorcaWifi.com, which has been working for more than a decade in the implementation of a Wi-Fi network in Palma that allows citizens to connect at any time and at no cost. The project, which has been carried out jointly with the City of Palma, has allowed the simultaneous connection of up to ten million mobile devices in the last year.

From left to right: PreSeries’ VC-in-a-Box, Fabien Durand (Marketing Manager at PreSeries), Sr. D. Iñigo Valenzuela (CEO at Smartvel), Sr. D. Mauricio Socias (Founder & CEO at MallorcaWifi.com), Sr. D. Marc Vilar (CEO at Apartool) and Julian Vinué (Director of Wayra Barcelona).

We’ve been proud to host another impressive group of startups during this latest edition of our AI battle.  If you are interested in competing in our next AI Startup Battle in São Paulo, Brazil (June 21), please apply here and stay tuned!

AI Startup Battle in Palma de Mallorca

PreSeries, the joint venture between Telefónica Open Future_ and BigML, has been invited to join the exclusive Global Tourism Innovation Summit taking place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on June 9. The event serves as the meeting point of top international professionals discussing topics such as Tourism Innovation / AI / IoT / VR / Smart Destinations / Hotels / OTA / Tour Operator / Airlines / Connectivity / Big Data / New Technologies / Machine Learning / Airports / Ports / Infrastructure / Smart Mobility / Smart Management & Solutions / Dynamic And Immersive / Video Wall Experiences / Digital Signage / Mobile / Apps. The summit is organized by Agora Next Telefónica Open Future_, the first global tourism innovation program from Telefónica, a strategic partner oriented towards companies and Entrepreneurs who aspire to become a global reference of Tourism 4.0. A large crowd of tourism experts and decision makers will witness the power of the PreSeries Machine Learning algorithms.

In our AI Startup Battles, our Artificial Intelligence is made available through a little device on stage. Our little VC-in-a-box, as we like to call it, will ask the contenders various questions and choose follow-up questions based on answers to previous ones. It will focus on questions that have the most predictive power in its own bias-free opinion. In the end, the winner will be the startup with the highest score.

Meet the contenders!

At this point, you may be wondering who will be competing in the battle, so let’s get to know the contenders!

Apartool

Apartool is the bridge between apartment blocks and aparthotels, and tour operators. This intermediation project aims to give travel agencies the smartest way to offer a global service to all their clients. Apartools offers, through a platform, the first booking solution specialized in the booking of entire buildings for touristic purposes.

MallorcaWifi

MallorcaWifi has been working for more than a decade in the implementation of a Wi-Fi network in Palma that allows citizens to connect at any time and at no cost. The project, which has been carried out jointly with the City of Palma, has allowed the simultaneous connection of up to ten million mobile devices in the last year.

Smartvel

Smartvel is a SaaS Supplier of Digital Destination Content. They have built a unique tool combining three types of content: Firstly, dynamic content like up-to-date travel agenda. Secondly, they bring together traditional destination content through geolocalization, including restaurants, points of interest, sights and attractions, etc. Thirdly, they allow clients to tailor and recommend their own geocoded layers of content to promote and cross-sell passes, places or events.

Travel Compositor

Travel Compositor‘s B2B platform enables the planning and booking of multi-product and multi-destination trips in one session and one single payment. They customized solutions for all travel industry players: hotels, OTAs, travel agencies, destination management companies, tour operators, and many more.

About PreSeries events and battles

PreSeries was born in March 2016 and officially started its journey of re-imagining early stage technology venture investing by taking an unorthodox, AI-driven approach showcased via the world premiere of Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle at the PAPIs Connect Conference in Valencia. Thanks to the continuation of AI Startup Battles in Barcelona, Boston, and Brazil, as well as our collaboration at WIRED London 2016, the startup community has a new-found appreciation of how Machine Learning can be utilized to better allocate venture capital.

Be sure to follow the upcoming PreSeries’ battles in 2017 as they will be announced on the BigML event’s page as well as on Preseries.com. Among other venues, these will include the battles that we will present at PAPIs ‘17 and PAPIs Connect. For more details, please stay tuned by following us on: LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. The countdown starts now!

Get your own VC-in-a-Box! (Voice Assistant)

If I ask you to name an important stakeholder that is often an overlooked key component of business operations, I’m sure “assistants” are not the first thing popping up in your mind. But if you look closely, regardless of their title, it’s hard to overstate their contribution to any company’s productivity by helping management staying focused on most important tasks.

As technology has advanced, the skill sets of assistants have continued to evolve to keep apace. The arrival of chatbots and better speech recognition is already drastically changing the landscape by allowing for the automation of many data intensive tasks. It is now possible for many to become their own globally-connected assistant, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a human assistant for such tasks that are better suited for software.

The latest advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence and voice recognition technology is slowly redefining our relationship to our electronic devices. Human-computer interactions are becoming more human-like and the promise of naturally conversing with your devices is just around the corner. The first wave of Voice Assistants lead by the Amazon Echo and its Alexa software appeared late 2014 and their adoption rate has shown no signs of slowing down. After conquering our homes, the battlefield has now moved to businesses as they aim to supercharge the productivity of workplace teams. Acting as task-oriented assistants, are fast becoming tomorrow’s colleagues-in-a-box.

With PreSeries we make it easy for anyone to predict the future of startups. But when fully concentrated in your work, opening the PreSeries Dashboard to get some insights can disrupt your workflow. Simply asking your question out loud, as you would with a colleague or an assistant, feels more natural and allows you to remain focused. Therefore, we built our own PreSeries for Alexa skill in order to bring startup intelligence to devices belonging to the Amazon Echo family. Main features are the scoring of startups in real-time and getting aggregate or detailed information about startups, technology areas, investors, patents, rounds of financing, and IPOs.

Once the skill is enabled, you can use your brand new VC-in-a-Box to discover all kinds of information regarding startups. Below is an example session.

You: “Alexa, ask PreSeries how many startups were founded in the US in 2016”

PreSeries: “The number of startups founded in the US in 2016 is 3857.”

You: “Alexa, ask PreSeries what is the highest scoring startup in the US in Education”

PreSeries: “The highest scoring startup in the category of education is AcmEd”

Check out our introduction video below!

Click here to add the skill to your Alexa powered device and don’t forget to check out our documentation for a complete overview of the questions you can ask your VC-in-a-box.

Calling Startups to Compete at the Sixth Edition of the AI Startup Battle at PAPIs Connect in São Paulo

PAPIs Connect 2017, Latin America’s 1st conference on real-world Machine Learning applications, is a series of localized events that run in between the annual PAPIs conference events, the International Conference on Predictive Applications and APIs. This year, PAPIs Connect goes to São Paulo, Brazil, on June 21-22, 2017, and will hold the Sixth Edition of our Artificial Intelligence Startup Battles.

The audience, mainly decision makers and developers interested in the latest technology to build real-world intelligent applications, will witness the power of PreSeries, a predictive application built on top of BigML’s Machine Learning platform that provides fact-based insights and many other investment and traction related metrics to help investors foresee which companies warrant a potential investment. PreSeries predictive models are trained with a diverse set of public and private data on more than 370,000 companies worldwide.

The sixth edition of the AI Startup Battle is powered by PreSeries, the joint venture between Telefónica Open Future_ and BigML.

Apply now! 

If your startup uses AI as a core enabler, this battle is your chance to participate in the 6th edition of PreSeries’ AI Startup Battle. The startups selected to compete will be able to pitch on stage, make connections at PAPIs Connect, and get unique exposure among a highly distinguished audience attending Latin America’s 1st conference on real-world Machine Learning applications. The winner of the battle will be taken into consideration by the Wayra Academy and has a chance to get invited to Telefónica Open Future’s acceleration initiatives and services that include: training, coaching, a global network of talent, as well as the opportunity to reach many Telefónica enterprises in Brazil and abroad.

When?

Thursday, June 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM BRST.

Where?

Telefônica Auditorium:  R. Martiniano de Carvalho, 851 – Bela Vista, São Paulo – SP, 01321-001, Brazil.

Application Deadline?

To compete in the battle, please fill out this form before June 11, 2017, and send a short presentation about your company (up to 2 MB) to battle@preseries.com.

For more information on previous AI Startup Battles we recommend that you visit the dedicated page including all the battles performed so far.

Spotlight Feature: Investor Rankings

Whether it’s keeping tabs on peer’s syndicates, strategies, portfolios, or raising fresh funds from investors; both investors and entrepreneurs need a simple yet powerful way to filter data about investing entities. If you’re an investor think of our Top Investors section as your go-to-feature to quantitatively compare yourself to the competition and quickly establish meaningful benchmarks.

If you’re an entrepreneur lucky enough to see some traction, you might be considering raising funds to support your growth. From seed to late stage, the time you need to allocate to look for funds will never stop to increase. The life of a startup is very demanding and time spent researching investors means less time spent on your product. We believe you should spend time talking to investors instead of searching for them in an ad-hoc manner, so we built the PreSeries Top Investor section with that in mind. It basically allows you to filter investors using your own criteria to help you focus on the ones most likely to invest in your startup.

PreSeries currently lists over 40k+ investors ranging from seed-focused VCs to corporate investors leaning towards late stage deals. In order to easily search among all the profiles in our database, we invite you to use the filter options available at the top. You can filter investors by name, by location (country and city), by development stage (concept, seed, product development, market development, and steady), by industry area (700+ to choose from), and investment period.

The default view of the Top Investors section offers quick insights on the investing entities ranked by total amount invested (just click on a column to change the ranking criteria). For every investor, you are able to see what some of the drivers behind their investment decisions are. We show the preferred country and city of investment along with the number of deals for each. You also have access to information about the preferred investment stage (i.e, concept, seed, product development, market development, or steady), and the main investment area including the corresponding number of deals. On the right hand side are the total number of companies, deals and amount invested by each entity. The last column shows the overall PreSeries score of each investor (from 0 to 100). This score represents the general performance of the investor, meaning if the Return On Investment over their entire portfolio was significant enough.

By choosing the histogram view, you can easily see the distribution of investments with the green bar representing the preferred country, city, stage, and area. Hovering your cursor over bars on the bar charts will give you additional information, as seen on the image above. To facilitate comparison among the investors listed on the page you can switch between relative or absolute values, and use the same or a different scale.

That’s it for Investor Search & Rankings. Make sure to check our other Spotlight Feature blogposts for a complete lowdown!