[FW Radar] Craft ai wants to make Artificial Intelligence accessible to everyone

by bold-lichterman

Craft ai was founded in June 2015 by Stéphane Delorme, Caroline Chopinaud and Clodéric Mars. The start-up is developing Artificial Intelligence solutions for developers. These can thus be used without Data Scientist.

More details with Gwendoline Soulier, communication manager of Craft ai.

FrenchWeb: What needs does your service meet?

Gwendoline Soulier, communication manager of Craft ai: Everyone is launching or will launch Artificial Intelligence projects, this is a fundamental trend that is confirmed again this year! But this requires having experts in Machine Learning, skills that are still extremely rare (and expensive) today. In addition, these Artificial Intelligence are integrated into apps or services used and operated by humans who must be able to understand the decisions they make.

What’s your value proposition?

Craft ai is the first high-level Artificial Intelligence API that allows machine learning on an individual scale to continuously generate explainable predictive models. Our solution allows our clients to integrate hyper-personalization and cognitive automation without carrying out specific developments and without having any skills in AI while keeping control of its use thanks to our explainable approach.

Who are the users of your solutions?

Craft ai is aimed at large groups and also at smaller structures that edit their software themselves. Our product is not linked to a vertical, we are already working in the energy, banking, e-commerce sectors, Smart cities… A few examples: Dalkia uses Craft ai to deploy an energy performance management assistant; the City of Paris is developing a service for predicting garbage collection times to clear the sidewalks; an e-merchant improves the opening rate of their campaigns by 20% by simply connecting our solution to their CRM and their e-mailing tool… the applications are vast !

What are your challenges?

Explainable Machine Learning is at the heart of Craft ai’s vision, for the past few months we have been intensifying our efforts to go beyond the limits of current approaches, this will continue to be a major issue for us. At the same time, we are accelerating our commercial development to extend the fields of application of our solution to our customers. We have just joined the AI ​​Factory of Microsoft and INRIA, these partners are real assets on these two subjects.

Who are your competitors?

Our first competitor: an AI expert who has been left with Machine Learning libraries in his hands… and several months of development ahead of him. The trend is to offer “as-a-service” AI solutions, precisely because these experts are rare. It is observed in mature fields such as Vision and Language. In our sector, linked to the Decision, we can cite Bonsai. Their approach is different: learning is not continuous and the predictive models generated remain very blackbox, not explicable.

Key data:

  • Founders: Stéphane Delorme, Caroline Chopinaud and Clodéric Mars
  • Creation date : 2015
  • Fundraising: 2 million euros from the Talis fund
  • Seat : Paris
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