Building leapfrog AI companies for the next 6 billion.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke
AI is the next big wave
Artificial Intelligence will completely redefine our society and businesses, adding $16 tn of new economic value globally by 2035. Companies with AI at their core will be the dominant companies for tomorrow. Tomorrow's car company is going to be an autonomous car company... Tomorrow's hospitals may not look like the ones today. Further, AI driven cars built in Silicon Valley will not work in India, given a very different environment. However autonomous cars built in India can work in Silicon Valley. The data diversity and magnitude that countries like India offer, make them the best place to build robust AI - AI that will work everywhere. We call it AI for next 6 billion people.
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The Foundry Model
AI Foundry provides capital, data, talent, domain expertise and research support - to translate potential and create the AI companies of tomorrow.
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We facilitate access to the data needed to make truly successful AI technology
The finest talent in research, tech, design, product, business functions come together through unique & varied modes of engagement to create new products
We engage with companies and governments to bring in domain specific expertise to guide the applied side of AI.
Tapping into the research from the best universities and research labs across the world.
HOW IT WORKS
Ideate & Research
Product to market
SOME IDEAS BREWING AT THE FOUNDRY
Global AI think tank & community
Global AI research translation park
AI strategy & services for Fortune 500 companies
High definition digital maps for utilities & navigation
Voice/AI-driven, privacy aware intelligent OS
Anonymous social network for mental health
THE PIONEERS IN ACTION
Co - Founder
Before co-founding Chapter.ai & AI foundry, Umakant co-founded piVentures, a $35m early stage fund for AI (India’s first & only AI focused fund), investing in leading AI companies in India (Sigtuple, Niramai, Ten3THealth, Zenatix, Locus.sh & others). He has spent more than 10 years in AI space (Founded India’s first AI bot startup in '09) as an entrepreneur, strategy thinker and investor in enterprise, healthcare & logistics. Ex-Director India for Science Inc., he spent time in strategy and innovation roles at Wipro Ltd., one of the leading IT Services companies. IIT Kanpur Alum. Abstract painter in his spare time.
Co - Founder
Pulkit is a academic and an entrepreneur focused on working in common sense AI, one of the next big evolutions in AI. He is Asst. Professor at MIT CSAIL & Co-founder of SafelyYou Inc, which is applying computer vision to prevent falls in elder care homes. His research focuses on curiosity driven machines & common sense problem in Robots. He has a PhD from BAIR (Berkeley AI Research) and Bachelors from IIT Kanpur. He was awarded the Director’s Gold Medal for best all round achievement and leadership at IIT Kanpur and is excited by the quest for singularity. He is also an accomplished musician.
Co - Founder, COO & Head of Business
Subhashis is an investment banker and has previously worked for Standard Chartered Bank Real Estate Private Equity Fund, Tata Housing Development Company, Sequoia Capital, Tishman Speyer Private Equity Fund. He has worked and lived in most major cities of India and understands the real estate dynamics of those cities well. The list includes Mumbai, Bangalore, NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. He has been deeply involved in deals for both the residential market and office market as an investment banker and advised companies in domains like AI, financial sector, travel & logistics, defense apart from real estate. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta.
Co - Founder
Neeraj Gupta was one of the early contributors to Torch, the deep learning framework, back in the days when neural nets used to work only on super-compute. He founded FormulateIP, based in India and Canada with focus on helping AI businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning. He also co-founded Excubator, one of the leading startup incubators in Bangalore. He is the Governing Council Member at IIT Alumni Centre Bengaluru, IITACB. Masters in Mathematics from KTH, Stockholm with a Minor in Machine Learning. Alumnus of IIT Roorkee.
Dr. Arjun Jain
Dr. Jain is the co-founder of Perceptive Code, a Silicon Valley AI startup that builds intelligence into automobiles using Deep Learning. He is part of the Theano development team and a contributor to Torch - both of which are widely used libraries for Deep Learning. Dr. Jain received his Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute in Germany and his post-doc from NYU where he worked with Yann LeCun.
Badal has worked for 20 years in India and the US and has extensive experience in financial services, technology, innovation and business transformation having worked with Fortune 500 companies and Governments, public-private partnerships, and large-scale innovation programs. Previously, he was Founding CEO at Catalyst, a USAID and Ministry of Finance sponsored program. He has advised the National Payments Corporation of India. He has also worked as VP at SnapDeal, Group Product Manager at Intuit, Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., and Economist at the World Bank. Badal holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Masters of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and a BA in Physics & Economics from Brandeis University. He is a 2019 Chevening Financial Services Fellow recognized by the UK Government. .
Rohit Rathi shouldered the responsibility of technology and product development for Smartron, one of the most innovative mobile phone companies out of India. He spearheaded advanced R&D, innovation and IP creation in the areas of smart, sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud and big data technologies. In the past, he has been Founder-Director and CTO of Notion Ink and pioneered the effort to make the country’s first tablet device. Prior to that, he worked with Xilinx-India in 2008-2009. Mr. Rathi is an IIT Kharagpur graduate and likes to think about design deeply.
Naveen Budda has created AI labs at Smartron under the tronX platform, one of the most innovative mobile phone companies out of India. His expertise in the area of Computer Vision , Mobile Security and Data Science.Has 10 patents in different areas. Worked at Samsung R&D, Celstream, Sasken. .
Ram Ganesan is a CA and CPA of USA and has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, project funding, venture capital, governance, legal and audit, profit-center management, driving business strategies and more in leading companies in the Indian industry. He has also been an entrepreneur for over 10 years in Health care BPO, Corporate training, and Education. He has previously served as CFO of Opinio, a logistics technology venture, Health Office and Indal Hydro Ltd. He is an adventurous & brutally honest person whose inquisitive mind leads him into deep explorations of the universe. Other interests include cooking, tennis, reading and tourism.
Shabaz Ahmed is the Engineering lead for Mobile development. Prior to this he was Software Engineer at Microsoft India Pvt Ltd where he was part of Mile IQ team which was acquired by Microsoft. He worked on core apps for the product on both Android and iOS platforms and also was instrumental in creation of web dashboard. During this time, he was also involved in the research of visit detection using motion sensors available on smartphones and has filed two patents for the same. He began his career as entrepreneur starting his company right out of college, his startup was based on prepaid mobile balance tracking which was incubated by Science-Inc (a California based incubator). He likes to keep himself busy during the weekends by participating in various hackathons - till date he has participated in 71 hackathons and won over 37 of them. .
Innovation & Strategy
Niharika leads Innovation & Strategy at AI Foundry. She brings in diverse experiences, having served as a consultant on policy research for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as in business development with Aasaanjobs.com, where she headed the rural-urban integration initiative. She also set up the non-profit for children, Tender Roots Academy of Performing Arts, under the aegis of Banyan Tree Events. A trained life coach, she is passionate about emotional well-being. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Niharika is a Bharatanatyam performer and avid Badminton player.