Startup Of The Week

Startup of the Week: Fractal Analytics

U.S.-based Fractal Analytics uses artificial intelligence-powered data analysis tools to help corporates across a wide range of industries optimize and reinvent their businesses.

“Our mission is to power every decision in the enterprise,” says Fractal’s co-founder and CEO Pranay Agrawal. “We believe we have the ability to do problem-solving at scale by bringing together AI, engineering and design.”

Fractal Analytics co-founder and CEO Pranay Agrawal

Most companies don’t have the expertise or the resources to tackle the massive challenges and opportunities that come with the surging amounts of data they are able to collect. Fractal Analytics helps companies collect the right data, uses tools like image recognition and AI to read and analyze the information and then design applications that help clients put the analysis into practical use.

It works with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. Among the startups is one incubated by Fractal, India-based startup has created a chest x-ray product called qXR that uses AI to rapidly analyze chest x-rays in India, a country that has a shortage of technicians. The AI component was developed by Fractal, which also is investing $30 million into

“We applied AI to provide a diagnosis of X-ray images in a fraction of second,” says Agrawal. “Today, it’s being used in India to diagnose and prevent diseases.”

The same deep learning and image recognition technology can be used by retailers to scan products on shelves to make restocking more efficient. Fractal Analytics’ tools have also been used to help a retail customer experiment with 27 different store redesigns to learn which configuration of products and placement would maximize sales, he says.

Earlier this year, the company decided to strengthen its offer by acquiring a former partner, Final Mile, for an undisclosed sum. Final Mile has developed services that harness cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics to help clients improve customer relationships.

“We’re doing a lot of work around customer experience,” Agrawal says.

In 2013, the company raised $25 million in venture capital, followed by another $100 million in 2016. Fractal now has 1,200 employees and offices around the world. “There’s a tremendous opportunity ahead of us,
says Agrawal.

About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.