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The 10 Hottest AI Startups Of 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

Startups Edifius, Eightfold AI and Orbital Insight are just some of the companies to grab CRN’s attention, as an IDC report puts revenue from the worldwide AI market in 2021 at $341.8 billion, up 15.2 percent year over year.

Hyro 

Israel Krush, CEO  

Hyro provides conversational AI offerings without a building platform for use in call centers, with virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and other use cases. The New York-based company’s knowledge graph collects content from external and internal data sources to deliver conversational experiences to customers.

This year, Hyro was named the 2021 Microsoft for Startups’ Partner of the Year for offering a free COVID-19 virtual assistant. The assistant served more than 4 million patients, helped health-care organizations and provided information for members of the public. The assistant was adopted by Montefiore Health System, Mercy Health and Austin Regional Clinic.

The company was founded in 2018 and has raised $15 million to date, according to the company. In May, it announced the close of a $10.5 million Series A funding round led by Spero Ventures. Cloud communications platform Twilio and Mindset Ventures participated, as did existing investors Hanaco Ventures, Spider Capital and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator.

Before co-founding Hyro, CEO Israel Krush worked at virtual fitting room provider Zeekit, in-store gamified experiences creator Screemo and Intel. He left Zeekit in 2016 with the title of head of product. He left Screemo earlier that year with the title of product manager. And he left Intel in 2013 with the title of software engineer, according to his LinkedIn bio.

 
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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 wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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