AI Business Transformation Technology Innovation

5 European companies that are (really) advancing AI

One of the tech world’s ‘hardest to define’ areas but one with the highest level of investment. There is certainly a lot of players in the market right now (see image below on Enterprise AI by Topbots)

Enterprise AI Companies (TOPBOTS)

Whether it be super advanced personalisation, on the fly, that gets me just the right product recommendation at precisely the right time or being used to automate transportation to optimise traffic flow or even being used to construct a new cure for horrific diseases like cancer and alzheimers there is for sure a wide range of possibilities with AI.

Alternatively ‘the machine’ may grow smart enough to realise that the single greatest threat to our planet and thus it’s own survival is the human race. What with our propensity to abuse, waste and ultimately destroy the good stuff we discover…

Ultimately, it’s probably going to be a mix of all of the above, over time and with highs and lows in the journey. Like every genuine game changer in the technology ecosystem there will be winners and losers – but it will move us along the road a bit further and open up a whole range of other possibilities that we can’t even dream of right now.

An interesting read on who is doing AI well today…

AI Business Transformation Technology Innovation

A side of AI with your burger?

“People who bought a big-mac also bought this milkshake”.

If they can learn that I never want gherkins with anything then it’s money well spent in my opinion.

$300m to make a big step forward with their data and AI capabilities.

General Payments Technology Innovation

Square will offer its new crypto employees payment in Bitcoin

Because share options are so last year! Perhaps a sign of things to come but ultimately depends on the liquidity. Good to see Square leading the way here.

Startups Technology Innovation

More diversity at YC…

Great to see YC working more on the diversity of the founders in their incubator classes. This follows a deliberate quest as per this piece back in 2017 and in discussion with Sam Altman (

Also… some really interesting startups in the W19 class so worth checking out both demo day 1 and day 2. Hope to have some time to pick out my favourites at some point soon!

Payments Technology Innovation

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network

Business Transformation Lifestyle Technology Innovation

Europe / Politicians / AI

So it seems there is one thing Europeans fear more than AI – and that’s politicians.

1/4 of those surveyed would rather AI make policy decisions instead of politicians.

European Tech Insights (2019) | IE CGC