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.