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The 10 Hottest AI Startups Of 2022 (So Far)

Wade Tyler Millward

Diligent Robotics, Metropolis Technologies and TimeZest are just some of the AI startups that have made CRN’s list.


CEO: Maja Schaefer

Headquarters: New York


Zowie provides AI-powered chatbots for ecommerce brands such as L’Oreal and Avon.

The New York-based company provides chatbots with 100 common questions without training and plugs into all ecommerce and marketing platforms, according to Zowie. It promises two hours saved per customer service agent a day with 70 percent of tickets automated after four weeks.

The chatbots even work to turn a customer service conversation into a money-making opportunity, promising a 10 percent increase in revenue.

Zowie has a partner program for service providers. Members receive a partnership manager, hands-on training, marketing and product materials and other benefits, according to the company.

In May, Zowie announced the close of a $14 million Series A round of financing. Tiger Global Management led the round. Google’s AI-focused fund Gradient Ventures, 10xFounders, Inovo and Lattice CEO Jack Altman participated. The money was meant for expanding capabilities and hiring more salespeople for international growth.

Before she founded the startup in 2019, CEO Maja Schaefer was CEO and cofounder of custom software developer Codeheroes, according to her LinkedIn.

Schaefer was also a software engineer at IBM for more than two years, according to her LinkedIn. She left the company in 2015.

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Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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