US-based Chooch AI raises $2.8m led by Vickers Venture Partners

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Chooch AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) training platform for visual recognition, has raised $2.8 million in seed funding led by Vickers Venture Partners. The round also includes funding from angel investors.

According to a statement, Chooch AI will tap the funds to expand its tech team and enter new markets.

The San Francisco-based startup provides technology for real-time facial recognition and object recognition to media, advertising, banking, medical and security industries. One of its clients is SIPA USA, a photo agency from the US.

SIPA uses Chooch to tag photos in real time on the Oscar red carpet, sporting events and fashion runways. The technology goes beyond recognising faces in real time – it’s also able to pick up fashion details that potentially add value to these images.

“That’s a game changer for our business,” said Jonathan Wells, CEO of SIPA USA. “We can be processing 1000’s of photos per day and dozens of shoots from LA to Milan.”

Chooch also claims to add metadata more quickly at a much lower cost.

“We’ve made machine learning for computer vision super easy to use and implement at scale,” said Emrah Gultekin, CEO of Chooch AI. “This provides massive competitive advantages to companies who need to implement Visual AI into their processes.”

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.