Vishal Sikka’s AI venture Vianai gets $50 mn

BMW supervisory board member, former CEO of Infosys & former SAP executive board member has launched a new AI (Artificial Intelligence) venture, Vianai Systems with $50 million in funding.

Vianai Systems, an AI enterprise platform startup was launched with a mission to help businesses around the world successfully leverage AI to drive fundamental digital transformations. Vianai is already helping organizations take the use of AI in their organization beyond experiments and proof of concepts to make AI-based digital services a cornerstone of their enterprise transformation strategy.

“AI has the ability to fundamentally transform every business in every industry,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, Founder and CEO of Viana.

“The shift to AI in the enterprise carries vast potential for improving businesses and amplifying their humanity. Yet only a few technology firms have tapped into AI’s potential. Vianai is at the forefront of helping the world’s best organizations on their journey,” added Sikka.

Vianai’s team comes with deep expertise in enterprise technologies and landscapes, business application development, engineering services, design thinking and cutting-edge AI research.

John Etchemendy, Provost Emeritus of Stanford University, Co-Director of HAI, and Vianai advisor said, “Today, there is a great potential and opportunity to use AI as a force for good in the world, and it is refreshing to see a company that gets it right at the outset. Vishal’s vision for Vianai, the talent that the company has harnessed, and the rapid progress made in a very short time, are all impressive. I am excited about being an advisor, and look forward to our journey together.”

Vianai has secured $50M in funding, and has announced a panel of advisors from industry and academia, including: Henning Kagermann (former Chairman and CEO of SAP and Chairman of Acatech), Alan Kay (Turing Award Winner and Computer Science Pioneer), Divesh Makan (Founder of ICONIQ Capital), Indra Nooyi (Member of the Boards at Amazon and Schlumberger and Former CEO of PepsiCo), and Sebastian Thrun (CEO of the Kitty Hawk Corporation, and Co-founder and Chairman of Udacity) and John Etchemendy.


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