Top AI Companies to Follow

Every year, new startups pull to the forefront of their industry through exciting innovation and industry-disrupting business models. We’ve rounded up the most exciting AI startups of 2021 that startup-lovers, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs should follow.

1. SoundHound

Location: Santa Clara, California
Funding: Corporate Round, $215 Million

SoundHound uses innovative AI technologies to allow developers and business owners to maintain control over their brand image from anywhere using voice-enabled AI. The startup offers several products, including Houndify, an AI platform boasting the world’s fastest speech recognition and a voice search and assistant app, Hound, that incorporates their trademarked “Speech-to-Meaning” and “Deep Meaning Understanding” technologies.

2. Moveworks

Location: Mountain View, California
Funding: Series C, $305 Million

Moveworks is an AI platform that works to improve a company's relationship with its staff by providing a better way to support employees. Using their AI technology, Moveworks provides staff with everything from IT support to HR help. 

3. People.ai

Location: San Francisco, California
Funding: Series C, $100 Million

People.ai leverages the power of AI technology to create an enterprise revenue platform that helps sales, marketing, and customer service teams provide the best customer experience through the analysis of revenue opportunities. By documenting customer contacts, activity, and engagement, People.ai provides companies with insights that are actionable and effective.

4. Nektar.ai

Location: Singapore
Funding: Seed, $10.3 Million 

Nektar.ai is a business-to-business (B2B) startup that offers an AI-powered virtual assistant and connected revenue enablement platform for sales teams to improve productivity, boost sales, and streamline growth.

5. Abnormal Security

Location: San Francisco, California
Funding: Series B, $74 Million

Abnormal Security is an email security company that leverages the power of AI to protect companies from targeted email attacks. Using behavioral profiling, the software can effectively predict and detect illegitimate emails.

6. AEye

Location: Dublin, California
Funding: Debt Financing, $89.1 Million

AEye creates LiDar technologies, a laser-based sensor system that can accurately detect surroundings for self-driving cars. Additionally, the company leverages the power of AI to help manufacturers create smart self-driving vehicles using their intelligent detection and ranging (iDar) technology to provide surrounding senses that mimic that of a human.

7. Arize AI

Location: Berkeley, California
Funding: Series Unknown, $4 Million

Arize AI is an AI company for AI production. Using their platform, users can understand and troubleshoot AI production to result in better, harder-working AI and empowered engineers.

8. Uizard

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Funding: Series A, $18.6 Million

Uizard is an AI design assistant that helps entrepreneurs, marketing teams, engineers, and everyone in between to create mobile and web mockup apps. By creating an easy-to-use design tool, Uizard makes creating digital products simple regardless of the design or technical background of the user.

9. Riskified

Location: New York, New York
Funding: Series E, $228.7 Million

Using an AI-powered platform, Riskified creates the optimal user experience for ecommerce sites by streamlining the checkout process and identifying real shoppers. This coupled with machine learning models that pull from over 1 billion transactions to stop fraud attacks in their tracks make Riskified a game-changing platform for ecommerce.

10. Bearing

Location: Palo Alto, California
Funding: Seed, $3 Million 

Bearing uses the power of AI to aid in tracking ocean-bound cargo shipments — a historically difficult task. The startup provides more accurate vessel performance predictions to help shippers track and manage fleets more effectively.

11. Crowd AI

Location: San Francisco, California
Funding: Series A, $8.4 Million 

CrowdAI provides organizations with a platform to create custom models for visual AI code-free, empowering non-technical founders and leaders to utilize the power of AI in an accessible, easy-to-use method.

12. nate

Location: New York, New York
Funding: Series A, $47.3 Million

AI-powered app nate serves as a marketplace for a range of products. Users compile lists of items they wish to purchase and, with a click of a button, the nate app completes all checkout and shipping using AI capabilities. Better yet, nate offers users the option to pay in four installments, making buying the things users need more convenient and accessible.

Recommended: Check out our full list of the hottest startups to watch in 2021!