How Investors Feel About Artificial Intelligence – from 29 AI Founders and Executives

Daniel Faggella

Daniel Faggella is Head of Research at Emerj. Called upon by the United Nations, World Bank, INTERPOL, and leading enterprises, Daniel is a globally sought-after expert on the competitive strategy implications of AI for business and government leaders.

How Investors Feel About Artificial Intelligence - from 29 AI Founders and Executives

AI investments have become more and more prevalent over the last 5 years, and articles in the Financial Times, TechCrunch, WIRED, and elsewhere tout an era of heightened interest in machine learning and artificial intelligence-oriented companies.

We at Emerj set out to ask the questions:

“What do company founders themselves think?”

“How is the investor sentiment toward artificial intelligence companies?”

Thankfully, our hundreds of interviews (on our podcast and otherwise) have given us a wide network of executives and founders in AI-related companies. We reached out to 35 such company leaders to share their experiences raising funds.

You can see a full list of the answers to our “AI Investor Sentiment” question below in our large infographic.

On the aggregate, it seems as though most of the companies report a relatively positive investor sentiment around their venture, and it seems clear that part of the challenge for AI companies today include (a) providing investors with evidence that AI has changes since the last wave of AI hype, and (b) explaining artificial intelligence in a way that convinces investors of both it’s business application and it’s basic functions in the company.

The future sentiment around AI investments may have as much to do with the success of today’s companies (nothing raises confidence like success) as it does with the improvements in specific AI use-cases in business. It will be interesting to see how these trends change in the coming years.

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