Ex-Infosys CEO founded Vianai Systems raises $140m from SoftBank Vision Fund 2

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Vianai Systems, a human-centered AI platform and products company founded by former Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka, has raised $140 million in a Series B financing round from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and several industry luminaries, it said in a statement.

Vianai will use the new capital to accelerate the delivery of its human-centered AI platform and products to enterprises worldwide.

Other investors in the company include Jim Davidson (co-founder of Silver Lake), Henry Kravis and George Roberts (co-founders of KKR), and Jerry Yang (founding partner of AME and co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.). Joining Vianai’s previously announced advisory board is Fei-Fei Li, co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI.

Launched in 2019, Vianai is working towards pioneering a human-centered AI approach that amplifies human judgment thus empowering domain experts with AI tools to deliver powerful business value.

“We have been working hard to build a better AI platform, one that puts human judgment at the center of systems that bring vast AI capabilities to amplify human potential,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, Founder and CEO of Vianai.

“Vianai’s human-centered approach to AI has been critical to the design of an advanced early warning system for our underwriters. The system, which extracts actionable insights from non-traditional data sources, has the potential to drive significant business value for us, and our customers,” said Dr. Torsten Jeworrek, Member of the Group Executive Board and Global Head of Reinsurance at Munich Re.

Vianai began with $50 million in seed investment. Its customers include many large businesses in the world, to which it delivers AI, ML and data science platforms and products.

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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).

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  • 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.