Vyrill wins popular vote in A.I. Startup Battle

November 2, 2020


TheXFuture & Berkeley Global co-sponsor A.I.League Event

On the night of October 29th, Vyrill won the popular award for best startup in the TheXFuture A.I. League Startup Face-Off in association with UC Berkeley Global

Out of scores of applications from A.I. start-up companies, only ten were invited to come together virtually, grill one another and be grilled by a panel of investors about their product, company positioning and vision.

Over 100+ investors, founders and other attendees were spectators and participants at the event to select the grand jury award and the popular award.

Top 10 Founders go toe-to-toe

Ajay squared off with Arjun Rai, the founder and CEO of HelloWoofy, a social media and blog management platform driven by artificial intelligence. The two founders questioned one another with vigor then investors followed up with clarifying new questions putting both founders in the hot seat.

Out of the ten founders, only four made it to the finals where they were paired up again into two teams. In this round, Ajay faced off with Dr. Zbigniew Wojna - founder of TensorFlight, a company that solves business problems utilizing computer vision algorithms. The two sparred back and forth before the panel of investors quizzed them with clarifying questions of their own.

Leap Analysis, a company that provides companies unfettered access to multiple data sources instantly, taking cancer research to a new level, won the grand jury prize ~ a monetary commitment from investors. 

Vyrill won the popular vote from the audience of investors, founders, supporters and students and was a standout favorite of the entire event. 

Popular vote shines spotlight on Vyrill

Since the face-off, Vyrill continues to receive exposure with investors, UC Berkeley Global’s community and the A.I. Community at large. 

Ajay was grateful for the great opportunity. The popularity of Vyrill speaks volumes to the founder, affirming what he’s known all along, that he’s moving in the right direction with the company and that there is a bright future for what he’s developed over the past four years with Dr. Barbara Rosario.


Ajay Bam

CEO & Co-Founder of Vyrill Inc.

Vyrill is a user-generated video content (UGVC) discovery, analytics, licensing and content marketing platform powered by our proprietary AI technology to enable social commerce and product marketing.

Vyrill has trained machines to watch millions of videos on social media and the web, and videos captured directly from customers to help brand marketers increase revenue and find new customers by leveraging user-generated videos such as video reviews, feedback, unboxing, how-to videos, etc. for insights, demand-generation, licensing and content marketing.

With 70% more growth in video content and 50% to 500% growth in online sales in some categories due to Covid, and with over 85% of consumers mentioning that videos influence their purchase decisions, user-generated video has become essential to growing brand revenue and growth. Vyrill is developing the industry’s first video ranking and video reviewing system for commerce.

About the Author

Ajay Bam is the CEO and Co-founder at Vyrill, a first-of-its-kind video intelligence company launched in 2017 through UC Berkeley’s Skydeck Incubator program. Vyrill helps brands and shoppers find the “moments that matter” inside videos. Its AI-powered “In-Video’' search technology analyzes & shares insights hidden within videos to improve personalization, SEO, and conversion. Before Vyrill, Ajay launched Boston-based, mobile shopping app company Modiv Media. He is a proven and accomplished product management professional, entrepreneurial thinker, and innovator with more than 13 years of experience leading startups and world-class brands.

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