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 an 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. Vijay Chandru
Vijay Chandru is an academic entrepreneur having spent nearly 40 years as an academician. After completeing his PhD from MIT he has been a tenured professor at Purdue University for a decade in the 1980s and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore since then. A fellow of both the academy of science and engineering, he is currently an Indian National Academy of Engineering's Distinguished Technologist in Bio-Engineering at IISc. He co-founded Strand Life Sciences, India’s leading precision medicine solutions company, an offshoot of IISc in 2000 & served as Executive Chairman till 2018. He is a technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum since 2006, and was President (2009-2012) of the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE). Vijay is also co-founder of OPFORD Foundation, a non-profit in India with an open platform for orphan diseases and with a mission to support the development of affordable and accessible therapeutics for orphan diseases of which many are rare genetic disorders.
Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda
Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda is a pioneer in crowdsourcing. His creation, Google Map Maker, quadrupled the world's digital maps corpus, bringing maps to 4 billion in 187 countries that had no maps before. His startup was Google’s first acquisition in 2002 after which he co-founded Google India, acting as Country Head, Google India Products until 2014. He now builds population scale platforms for India's Billion including Avanti for financial inclusion and Indihood, crowdsourcing for communities and core development challenges. He architected the Fiber Grid for the state of Andhra, the world's largest greenfield optical network in 2014, authored India’s national Open API policy, is an advisor to MEITY and core contributor to Digitial India and India Stack. Lalitesh has spoken at TED and The White House. Lalitesh received his Ph.D. and MS from CMU in Robotics and Computer Science, where he led the CMU Lunar Rover Initiative. He holds an MS, Design Division, Stanford, MS, Aerospace, Iowa State and B-Tech, IIT-Bombay.
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.
Technologist in Residence
Arvind is a Computer engineer turned technology entrepreneur. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and MIT, he was also one of the early engineering teams at Google. He co-founded a Ratan Tata backed healthcare social tech venture, digitized a bootstrapped apparel brand, and built and scaled a B2B fashion tech venture, Wishbook. He's a hands on technologist, having worked across different stacks, teams and markets. He's passionate about building, using technology to solve problems and make life better, especially for emerging market users and small businesses.
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.
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. .
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. .