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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: Ashutosh Garg, founder, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

On June 10, Eightfold.AI announced a $220 million Series E funding round to grow its partner ecosystem and its AI-powered platform for reskilling and upskilling employees.

Dubbed the Talent Intelligence Platform, Eightfold’s platform offers customers a way to look at the roles and skills of employees, job candidates and contractors, according to the company’s website. Its AI uses neural networks that pull from billions of global data points for its insights.

Eightfold investors include a SoftBank fund, General Catalyst and Capital One Ventures. Among the startup’s partners are Deloitte, SAP, PwC, Accenture and Oracle.

The startup was founded in 2016 and has raised $396.8 million to date, according to Crunchbase. Last year, CRN named Eightfold one of the 12 Coolest Machine-Learning Startups Of 2020.

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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