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The 10 Hottest AI Startups Of 2021 (So Far)

Wade Tyler Millward

Aisera, the producer of conversational AI and RPA tools. Eightfold.AI, which offers a way to manage the talent and skills of employees. And Soul Machines, creator of lifelike digital avatars. See who else made CRN’s annual list of the hottest AI startups of 2021 so far.


Top Executive: Nick Romano, CEO and co-founder

Headquarters: Montreal

Bringing AI computation to cars, drones, cameras and other devices is part of Deeplite’s pitch to customers.

This startup’s tools aim to speed up deep neural networks (DNNs) and make them more energy efficient to save enterprises money on cloud and hardware back-ends, according to Deeplite’s website.

Its Deeplite Neutrino tool is meant to accelerate and scale users’ hardware-agnostic software. In May, the company announced a free version of the tool to encourage feedback and new ideas from users. Deeplite has produced solutions for automobiles, smartphones, smart cameras and edge devices, according to its website.

The company raised a $6 million seed round in April to help fund research and development, hiring and market expansion, according to a Deeplite statement earlier this year. Deeplite launched operations in 2019.

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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