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The Future of AI Depends on a Huge Workforce of Human Teachers
September 7, 2017

VCs are investing heavily in startups that tap people to make artificial intelligence better at speaking, seeing, and driving…

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Humans help train their robot replacements
August 27, 2017

Taking a human out of the driver’s seat requires putting a lot of humans to work behind the scenes. The artificial intelligence in computers that operate self- driving vehicles is developed using vast amounts of data collected from public road tests. But to be useful, the data must be extensively labeled — a process known as annotation that can require hundreds of man-hours for a single hour of data collected…

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The human army using phones to teach AI to drive
July 9, 2017

As her fellow patients read dog-eared magazines or swipe through Instagram, Shari Forrest opens an app on her phone and gets busy training artificial intelligence. Forrest isn’t an engineer or programmer. She writes textbooks for a living. But when the 54-year-old from suburban St. Louis needs a break or has a free moment, she logs on to Mighty AI, and whiles away her time identifying pedestrians and trash cans and other things you don’t want driverless cars running into…

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Self-driving cars prove to be labour-intensive for humans
July 9, 2017

Self-driving cars seem like a magical idea. The concept of vehicles that can operate themselves, without steering wheels or pedals, leaps straight from the pages of science fiction. Yet like so many fantastical stories, there are “wizards” hidden behind the curtain — lots of them. Constructing the road to fully automated driving, it turns out, requires a lot of manual labour…

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Mighty AI opening location in Detroit as it focuses its training data service on autonomous vehicles
June 7, 2017

Mighty AI, the Seattle-based startup that provides training data as a service for computer vision and natural language AI, is “going where the action is” and opening a location in Detroit to enhance its focus on autonomous driving…

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Self-driving cars steer Seattle startup Mighty AI to second office
June 7, 2017

Seattle startup Mighty AI opened its second office in a new city this week, and the usual tech hot spots of Silicon Valley and New York didn’t make the cut. Instead, Mighty AI is now open for business in Detroit — the best place to be near major and emerging auto companies working on self-driving cars…

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Techstars Mobility Announces Four New Corporate Partnerships, Adds AI Firm
June 7, 2017

Techstars Mobility Accelerator in Detroit today announced four new corporate partnerships, and that Mighty AI, a Seattle-based startup offering training data for autonomous driving, is opening an office out of the Techstars office at Ford Field in Detroit…

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Techstars Mobility announces new corporate partners
June 7, 2017

Techstars Mobility, an incubator that invests in startups building technologies and innovative business models focused on transportation, has announced a number new partners for 2017. AAA, Bosch, Next47 (Siemens’ independent investment arm), and InMotion Ventures (Jaguar Land Rover) are joining Ford, Verizon, Dana, Honda, Munich Re, and Michelin as Techstars Mobility’s corporate partners. Also, Mighty AI will open a Detroit office, operating it out of the Techstars Mobility Accelerator office…

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Mighty AI tackles training data for autonomous driving
June 7, 2017

Seattle-based self-driving car startup Mighty AI, which helps automotive companies get the labeled datasets they need to train their autonomous vehicles to see, is opening an office in Detroit. The company, previously known as Spare5, is a venture-funded startup that uses data to train computer vision algorithms…

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Seattle AI company sets sights on Detroit, future of autonomous vehicles
June 7, 2017

Seattle-based artificial intelligence company Mighty AI plans to open an office in Detroit, where it sees the future of autonomous vehicles…

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Mighty AI’s CEO Says Data Makes or Breaks AI
April 28, 2017

We spoke with Mighty AI’s CEO, Matt Bencke, in order to learn more about how they are involved in the AI-space now, and how they hope to be in the future. Computer vision and natural language is becoming increasingly vital parts of AI technologies, and this is the field in which Mighty AI operates. They develop algorithms that can see, hear, talk, and “think” like humans…

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Why AI is not the enemy
April 17, 2017

Inspired by Wired articles by Oren Etzioni and Joe Lonsdale titled “Deep Learning Isn’t a Dangerous Magic Genie. It’s Just Math” and “AI and Robots Will Take Our Jobs — But Better Ones Will Emerge for Us,” I wanted to share six quick — and down-to-earth — thoughts about artificial intelligence…

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Sorry, but your AI needs to go back to school
March 12, 2017

Too often, engineers are brainwashed into thinking they can create an impeccable artificial intelligence (AI) model — a blank slate they release into the wild for independent learning. They think: “If I create flawless math on top of the right infrastructure, I’ll have the perfect model.” Train the algorithm, let it run free, and that’s the end of the story, right? Unfortunately, no. Just like human intelligence…

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How to root out bias in your data
February 8, 2017

Human beings are inherently biased. So when companies began using computer algorithms to guide their critical business processes, many people believed the days of discriminatory hiring practices, emotion-fuelled performance reviews and partisan product development were coming to an end. “That was an optimistic, naive hope,” says Matt Bencke, CEO of Spare5, a startup that helps companies train…

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‘Training Data as a Service’ could help companies quickly deploy AI
January 12, 2017

A new startup is paying subject matter experts (SMEs) in a broad number of areas to answer questions or perform certain tasks in order to collect the information companies need to train their new artificial intelligence systems, Bloomberg reports. After all, “There’s an arms race in training data” for AI, Mighty AI Chief Executive Officer Matt Bencke told Bloomberg. Seattle-based Mighty AI leverages more than…

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Swift announces new project lead, Embarcadero updates RAD Studio, and Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI—SD Times news digest: Jan. 11, 2017
January 11, 2017

Spare5, an artificial intelligence company, has relaunched itself as Mighty AI with a US$14 million series A1 round of funding. In addition, Mighty AI has signed new agreements with Accenture and Intel in order to promote and sell and integrate its training data services. Mighty AI was launched to enable AI machines to see, hear, talk and think like humans. It provides a training-data-as-a-service platform that…

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Spare5 Relaunches as Mighty AI with $14 Million Raise
January 11, 2017

Spare5 has relaunched as Mighty AI. The Seattle startup also announced that is has raised a $14 million venture capital round from Intel Capital and Accenture Ventures. Mighty AI consequently landed two big customers: Intel and Accenture. Intel will promote and sell Mighty AI’s training data services to its global customers, and Accenture will recommend and integrate Mighty AI’s training data services for its global…

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Term Sheet — Wednesday, January 11
January 11, 2017

AI is hot: Term Sheet has been a bit AI-obsessed lately, but for good reason. Deal volume grew 16% in Q4 over an already-hot 2015, and dollars invested grew 22%. (PS. Another day, another corporate VC backs another AI startup.) Cyber and Auto-tech is not: The companies in these areas may be thriving, but venture capitalists pulled back on their investing in the last part of the year. Cybersecurity investment fell 51% from…

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Mighty AI Lands $14M Investment And Changes Name
January 11, 2017

If chatbots are slated to help people, how do they know what to ask or how to respond? And where does all that data come from? One startup called Mighty AI — which just changed its name this month from Spare5 — gathers that data from humans, namely subject matter experts who are willing to answer questions about a certain topic. And get paid for it. “There’s an arms race in training data” for AI, according to Mighty AI Chief…

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AI-training platform Mighty AI raises $14m from Intel, Google, Accenture
January 11, 2017

Seattle-based startup Mighty AI, recently rebranded from Spare5, has raised $14 million in a Series A1 round led by Intel Capital, with participation from new investors Google Ventures (GV) and Accenture Ventures. Existing investors Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group, and New Enterprise Associates also contributed to the round. Founded in 2014, Mighty AI pays subject matter experts to fine-tune artificial intelligence…

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Spare5 rebrands as Mighty AI, receives $14 Million from Google, Accenture, Intel and others
January 10, 2017

Spare5, the company that paid its users in return for developing companies’ artificial intelligence(AI) has been relaunched today as Mighty AI. The company has also announced a new $14 million round led by Intel Capital. The round also saw participation from Accenture Ventures and GV (Google Ventures). Spare5’s previous investors, including Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group, and New Enterprise Associates…

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Mighty AI Raises $14M Series A1 Funding
January 10, 2017

Mighty AI (fka Spare5), a Seattle, WA-based provider of tools, data and services to build artificial intelligence models, raised a $14M Series A1 round of funding. The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from new investors GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Accenture Ventures and additional investment from Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The company…

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Crowdsourced AI-training platform Spare5 rebrands as Mighty AI and raises $14 million from Intel, GV, others
January 10, 2017

Spare5, a gig economy startup that uses the general public to help train companies’ artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, has today relaunched as Mighty AI and announced a $14 million funding round led by Intel Capital, with participation from other new investors GV (Google Ventures) and Accenture Ventures. Existing investors Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) also…

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Seattle startup Spare5 changes name to Mighty AI, raises funds from Intel, Google
January 10, 2017

Spare5, a spinout from Madrona Venture Labs, is changing its name on the heels of inking new partnerships with Intel and Accenture. The Seattle startup, which uses humans to fine-tune artificial intelligence engines, will now be known as Mighty AI. The name change comes at the same time as a new $14 million funding round, raised from Intel Capital with participation from Google Ventures, Accenture Ventures, Foundry Group…

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This Startup Pays Real People to Answer Questions to Build Better AI
January 10, 2017

To set up effective artificial intelligence software, a company needs a lot of data. But what happens if you don’t have that kind of specific information about your area? A Seattle-based startup, Mighty AI (formerly known as Spare5) will get it for you by paying subject-matter experts to spend a few minutes answering questions or performing tasks. Some examples include finding golf aficionados for IBM, people who…

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Spare5 re-launches as Mighty AI, raises $14M from Intel, Accenture, Google for AI training data service
January 10, 2017

On the surface, artificial intelligence is sexy. The technology, which has become one of the hottest trends, helps turn products and services human-like, accomplishing computational tasks that were either previously impossible or took far too long. But underneath the AI lays less flashy, yet equally crucial infrastructure that makes everything tick. It’s why computer vision and natural language model companies like…

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9 predictions for AI in 2017
December 26, 2016

AI has been hot in 2016, and it’s not cooling off anytime soon. The investments, acquisitions, trials, reorganizations and breakthroughs of the past year have set the AI industry up to have tremendous impact over the next twelve months. Here are nine predictions to watch for in 2017: 1. We’ll end the hyperbole AI will “land.” We’ll stop talking about far-fetched, man-versus-machine Skynet predictions and instead figure…

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This Startup Pays Real People to Answer Questions to Build Better AI
January 10, 2017

To set up effective artificial intelligence software, a company needs a lot of data. But what happens if you don’t have that kind of specific information about your area? A Seattle-based startup, Mighty AI (formerly known as Spare5) will get it for you by paying subject-matter experts to spend a few minutes answering questions or performing tasks. Some examples include finding golf aficionados for IBM, people who…

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GeekWire 200 December Update: Will more IPOs in 2017 make room at the top?
December 16, 2016

It wasn’t a banner year for IPOs in 2016 — the number of companies that went public nationally this year is down 38 percent compared to last year, per Renaissance Capital — meaning there wasn’t much room for movement at the top of the GeekWire 200 list of the top privately-held Pacific Northwest startups this year. PhaseRx kicked things off this year, going public in May. RFID chip maker Impinj then filed for its IPO and went…

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Dear President-elect Trump: Please don’t ignore artificial intelligence
December 1, 2016

Every White House leadership change causes speculation about what pre-existing initiatives the incoming administration will embrace or eliminate. I encourage President-elect Trump and his appointees to start their term ready to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) gives our economy the competitive edge it needs. The Obama administration recently released its recommended approach for how the U.S. should promote AI research…

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Recognizing (and Solving) Bad Algorithms
November 22, 2016

In theory, an algorithm is supposed to be an impartial set of instructions that helps ordinary, flawed humans draw conclusions from a sea of data. But such algorithms only exist in theory. In the real world, an algorithm is not an objective tool; it is as human as the programmer who codes it—and humans are biased. Stories about flawed algorithms crop up in the news on a regular basis. For example, the local government in Broward County…

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Retailers look to artificial intelligence to bag sales
November 22, 2016

In recent years online retail has followed the same formula — prettier websites, smoother checkout and easier access to credit card info. But this holiday shopping season a growing number of retailers are deploying a new tactic to help boost sales: artificial intelligence. As AI has become more sophisticated, it can help online shoppers in three main ways: personalised recommendations based on their tastes [and browsing or purchase…

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A cautionary tale about humans creating biased AI models
September 11, 2016

Most artificial intelligence models are built and trained by humans, and therefore have the potential to learn, perpetuate and massively scale the human trainers’ biases. This is the word of warning put forth in two illuminating articles published earlier this year by Jack Clark at Bloomberg and Kate Crawford at The New York Times. Tl;dr: The AI field lacks diversity — even more spectacularly than most of our software…

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Setting the AI record straight (for now)
September 8, 2016

Artificial intelligence is changing at a breathtaking pace the way we interact with our devices, friends and data. It promises to revolutionize how we work, shop, socialize, date, bank, heal, navigate… how we live. Yet here I am in the engine room of the revolution, getting increasingly frustrated with the prevalent AI conversations and memes. We’re painting a partial, bipolar, even misleading picture. “We” sometimes includes me… 

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Comparing the Top Five Computer Vision APIs
July 11, 2016

Over the last six months, Google, Microsoft, and IBM have all announced a suite of “intelligent APIs” that offer various types of image, video, speech, and text recognition. One can, for instance, pass in a photograph of a day at the park, and receive tags that tell you it includes a dog, frisbee, and trees. How good are these out-of-the-box models for general purpose tasks, and can I use them to build interesting new…

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Intelligent Crowdsourcing: A Big Data Solution
May 31, 2016

IDG (International Data Group) predicts the use of unstructured Big Data will steadily grow at a rate of 62 percent annually. They also predict by the year 2022, 93 percent of all data being processed will be unstructured. The issue of processing unstructured Big Data is currently one of the most challenging problems facing Data Scientists, and Spare5 has met the problem head on it with their Intelligent Crowdsourcing solution…

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How Seattle is poised to be an epicenter for machine learning and artificial intelligence
May 11, 2016

Seattle is poised to be an epicenter for machine learning and artificial intelligence. That’s one takeaway from the inaugural Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence Summit hosted by Madrona Venture Group on Wednesday in downtown Seattle. Thanks to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and a wide range of startups, the Emerald City is already known as a hub for cloud computing technology development, with Madrona Managing Director Matt McIllwain…

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Startup enlists humans to solve knotty big data problems
May 4, 2016

When it comes to Big Data, machines can only do so much. At least that’s what startup Spare5 Inc. is betting with the launch of what it calls an “Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform” that leverages a community of specialists to process Big Data tasks that require a human touch. Crowdsourcing services today run the gamut from the mundane (Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk) to the highly specialized (CrowdMed). Spare5 sits somewhere in…

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Spare5: Humans Helping Machines Become Intelligent
May 2, 2016

Spare5 has devised a business model that draws on the power of crowdsourcing and the “sharing economy.” One of their principal functions is to help train AI (artificial intelligence) models – or simply put, to use human skills to help machines become more intelligent. We recently had the opportunity to speak with CEO Matt Bencke and Andy Ganse, Principal Data Scientist, for Spare5. Spare5’s business model involves a two-sided marketing proposition. On…

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Sonic youth: Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the GeekWire Awards
April 29, 2016

Our finalists in today’s category in the GeekWire Awards certainly are heeding the advice from lyricist Jonathan Richman. We’ve got five amazing candidates competing for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, one of the final categories we’re announcing in the GeekWire Awards. The young entrepreneurs — all of whom are 30 or younger — are doing some amazing things at startup companies in the life sciences, mobile, online marketplace, enterprise software…

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Cyberattack prediction to improve drastically
April 25, 2016

False positives are a scourge in cyberattack detection partly because of the way machine learning detects attacks. It’s done through what’s called anomaly detection where the artificial intelligence (AI) searches for code that isn’t as expected. That “tends to trigger false positives,” says MIT News, writing about a new AI platform that its scientists say will alleviate the trip-ups. The way they want to do it is to simply add humans to the mix. “Distrust of the…

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App of the Year: 5 mobile standouts compete in the GeekWire Awards
April 22, 2016

We’re living in a mobile world, and some of the top apps for smartphones and tablets are developed right here in the Pacific Northwest. This is your chance to help pick the best of the best. We’re opening up the public voting today for the App of the Year category in the GeekWire Awards. The competition is steep. Our finalists include breakthrough apps and novel concepts from some of the region’s top entrepreneurial minds, as well as new and…

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Back to the future: Spare5 launches human- and machine-learning platform
April 18, 2016

When big data first broke out of its hard science shell and entered its mainstream, commercial phase, the prevailing wisdom was that professionals of all kinds should step aside and let the machines decide. As if human knowledge somehow had an expiration date. Human knowledge was largely lumped into one disparaging phrase: “gut feeling.” I called that whole train of thinking ridiculous at the time, so I’m happy to see more vendors combine human…

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New products of the week 4.18.16
April 18, 2016

Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Stratus Technologies and A10. Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform Key features: Spare5’s Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform offers data enrichment, data clean-up and data labeling. Qualified specialists clean up, label and improve companies’ data with speed, scale, and unprecedented quality…

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Crowdsourcing analytics: How to find the wisdom in the crowd
April 19, 2016

The din of the crowd can be confusing and even deafening. This holds true in public places, and it is equally true of big data coming from many and variegated sources. Yet, if marketers correctly perceive the messages that the crowd is conveying, it can make the difference in whether a product launch or promotion succeeds or fails. How do you crowdsource analytics? “What you want to find is the wisdom of the crowd,” said Matt Bencke, founder and…

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The Eigencast 015: Spare5 and the Human Machine Hybrid
April 14, 2016

Justin talks to Matt Benke, CEO and Founder of Spare5, and Andy Ganse, Principal Data Scientist, about how they use humans to complement machine learning and data analysis techniques. Spare5 is so-named because people can take a spare five minutes out of their day to do a task allocated to them by Spare5’s system, a bit like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, but a task that they are good at and enjoy. And unlike playing a game or checking in to Facebook or…

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Crowdsourcing Used to Augment Machine Learning
April 13, 2016

As unstructured data continues to pile up, different approaches and platforms are emerging to help businesses make greater analytical use of what otherwise might amount to clutter. Among the latest approaches is an “intelligent crowdsourcing platform” from Spare5, a Seattle-based startup specializing in, among other things, data “cleanup.” Spare5’s proprietary platform unveiled Wednesday (April 13) incorporates a crowdsourcing approach that leverages the experience…

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This big-data startup combines AI with human savvy to help make sense of your data
April 13, 2016

Turning data into insight is one of the top business challenges today, and it becomes especially tricky when the data in question is unstructured. Artificial intelligence has a mixed track record there, but a young startup aims to get better results by bringing humans back into the picture. Spare5 on Wednesday released a new platform that applies a combination of human insight and machine learning to help companies make sense of unstructured data…

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Crowdsourcing platform creates insights from unstructured data
April 13, 2016

Getting useful information from unstructured data is a notoriously difficult and time consuming task, but the launch of a new intelligent crowdsourcing platform could be about to change that. The Spare5 platform uses a known community of specialists to accomplish custom micro-tasks that, filtered for quality, allow product owners to train powerful artificial intelligence models, improve their search and browse experiences, augment their directories…

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Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform Transforms Businesses’ Unstructured Data Into Actionable Insights
April 13, 2016

Spare5 announced today general availability of its Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform to provide product leaders the human insights they need to act on their unstructured data. The Platform leverages a known community of specialists to accomplish custom micro-tasks that, filtered for quality, allow product owners to train powerful artificial intelligence models, improve their search and browse experiences, augment their directories and more…

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Artificial Intelligence: Man’s New Best Friend
February 11, 2016

Roll over dogs, there’s a new human companion in town and it’s smart, omnipresent and perhaps best of all, hair-free. Thanks to massive improvements in artificial intelligence (“AI”), technology is taking data’s utility to a whole new level, with a lot less drama than Elon Musk fears. While Hollywood, journalists and scientists wonder whether AI will turn on us, the less ballyhooed reality is more subtle, pervasive and industry-changing…

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The On-Demand, Sharing And Gig Economies Never Existed, So Stop Pretending They Did
December 3, 2015

Words are impactful. They may not break your bones, as the saying goes, but they do guide the way we all think, debate, decide and act. When it comes to the words we use to define our industry — the one commonly referred to as the “on-demand,” “sharing” or “gig” economy — we must choose more carefully. Sure, we all try to keep up with the blistering pace of technology. But we should be even quicker to think ahead in terms of the words, concepts and frameworks…

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13 more big data & analytics companies to watch | Network World
September 1, 2015

So many big data and analytics-focused startups are getting funding these days that I’ve been inspired to compile a second slideshow highlighting these companies. This new batch has reined in some $250 million this year as they seek to help organizations make sense of the seemingly endless pool of data going online. Spare5 Founded: 2014 Headquarters: Seattle Funding/investors: $13.25M, including a $10M Series A round led by Foundry Group, New Enterprise Associates…

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We Just Led A $10 Million Round in Spare5
August 26, 2015

A few weeks ago I reposted some great advice from Fred Wilson for pitching entrepreneurs: “Fundraising is simple: find investors that get excited about your company.” Our experience with Spare5 and their experience raising money from us, where we just led a $10 million Series A Financing together with Madrona Venture Group and New Enterprise Associates, fits this quote perfectly. Matt Bencke, Spare5’s CEO, had a conversation last November with Jason…

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Spare5 raises $10M to help smartphone owners make money in their free time
August 25, 2015

Spare5 seems to have struck a chord with its platform that pays people to spend their spare time performing short tasks on a smartphone. Founded less than a year ago, the Seattle-based startup today announced a $10 million Series A round led by Madrona Venture Group, Foundry Group, and New Enterprise Associates. The fresh funding comes after the company raised a $3.25 million seed round this past December from the same investors. Spare5, the…

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Spare5 Raises $10M Series A Round For Its Mobile Mechanical Turk Service
August 25, 2015

Spare5 lets businesses outsource menial tasks like tagging and describing images, cleaning up data and classifying content to smartphone users who want to earn a few cents while standing at the bus station. It’s basically a mobile-centric version of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and it now has another $10 million in the bank thanks to a Series A funding round led by Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The company says it…

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Spare5 Collects $10 Million for Mobile Crowdsourcing
August 25, 2015

Spare5 Inc. has raised $10 million in Series A funding to bring machine learning and big data analytics to crowdsourcing. The Seattle company’s platform can learn, over time, who among its task-performing users are best at what kinds of jobs. It uses this reputation engine to help businesses assign out their tasks to the best available talent. Crowdsourcing isn’t new. Marketplaces for freelance work such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, Crowdflower, Upwork…

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Spare5 raises $10 million for app that pays users to stare at their phones
August 25, 2015

Forget spending money on Candy Crush. A Seattle company that will pay you for doing quick tasks on your phone just raised $10 million. Spare5 partners with Getty Images, Groupon and other companies to give app users short tasks that bolster the partners’ products and pay the user to complete. The company spun out about 10 months ago from Madrona Venture Labs, a part of Madrona Venture Group. The app works a bit like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, in which companies post…

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The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay
August 19, 2015

The public discourse about the “on-demand” economy gets a D+. Wherever I turn, whether it’s the Economist, New York Times, TechCrunch, Re/code, Forbes, Washington Post or Business Insider, journalists, politicians and tech influencers all too often flock around a frustrating mix of myths, memes and conflation. OK, that’s a bold claim. So you be the judge. Here’s what I see as the five main meh memes around the on-demand economy, and my version of…

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How I Made — Instead of Spent — 26 Cents With a Mobile App
December 7, 2014

SEATTLE – Last week, I had a few minutes to kill so rather than blow it on Facebook or Twitter, I made a little cash. I installed an app called Spare5 on my iPhone and, moments later, was using it to describe women’s shoes for the Internet retailer Zulily. After 12 minutes of tagging photos with words like “sandal” and “flats” – and realizing how meager my insights into women’s footwear are – I prepared to see my earnings. My payout: 26 cents or, if I had…

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Make money in your free time: Spare5 raises $3.25M from Madrona, Foundry, NEA for on-demand work platform
December 7, 2014

As a veteran entrepreneur and managing director of Madrona Venture Group, Greg Gottesman has seen his share of successful — and not so successful — startups come out of Seattle. So it’s especially interesting to hear the venture capitalist get so excited when describing Spare5, a new company that helps smartphone owners make money in their spare time and is the first startup out of Madrona Venture Labs, a new incubator at the venture capital firm…

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Press Releases


Spare5 is Now Mighty AI, Relaunches with $14M in New Funding and New Agreements with Intel and Accenture
January 10, 2017

Spare5 Inc. announced today it relaunched the company as Mighty AI and raised a Series A1 round of $14M. In addition, Mighty AI signed agreements with Intel and Accenture (NYSE: ACN). Intel will be able to promote and sell Mighty AI’s training data services to its global customers, and Accenture will recommend and integrate Mighty AI’s training data services for its global clients.

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Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform Transforms Businesses’ Unstructured Data Into Actionable Insights
April 13, 2016

Spare5 announced today general availability of its Intelligent Crowdsourcing Platform to provide product leaders the human insights they need to act on their unstructured data. The Platform leverages a known community of specialists to accomplish custom micro-tasks that, filtered for quality, allow product owners to train powerful artificial intelligence models, improve their search and browse experiences, augment their directories and more. Spare5’s first wave of customers includes Avvo, Expedia, Getty Images, GoPro and Sentient Technologies.

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Spare5 Joins The IBM Watson Ecosystem
October 22, 2015

Spare5 announced today it has joined the IBM Watson Ecosystem, paving the way to develop applications across a broad range of industries including sports, retail, healthcare, and life sciences. Through this partnership, Spare5 will leverage human insights provided by its community of domain-specific specialists, with IBM Watson’s cognitive computing, in order to train the system to understand, reason and assist people.

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Spare5 Raises $10 Million from Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and New Enterprise Associates to Turn Big Data into Micro-Tasks
August 25, 2015

Spare5, the platform that solves big-data business challenges by turning them into micro-tasks people can perform in their spare time for extra cash, today announced a $10 million Series A round of funding led by Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). With this investment, Spare5 will grow its engineering, design, marketing, community management and customer relationship capabilities. Spare5 customers include e-commerce companies and other organizations with rich digital content needs.

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On-Demand Insights Platform Spare5 Secures $3.25 million from NEA, Foundry Group and Madrona Venture Group
December 8, 2014

Spare5, a new mobile-optimized, on-demand insights platform, announced today a $3.25 million seed financing from New Enterprise Associates, the Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and several prominent angels. Spare5 is the first company to spin out of Madrona Venture Labs, a startup studio housed at Madrona that prototypes, builds and launches new software applications and services.

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