The List

Introducing the IA40 — the top private companies
building with AI that will shape our future.

Categories

The List

Company
Category
CEO
Funding
Location
Abnormal Security
Security
Evan Reiser
74
M
San Francisco
Amperity
Customer Success
Kabir Shahani
187
M
Seattle
Anduril
Security
Brian Schimpf
835
M
Irvine
Auditoria
Finance
Rohit Gupta
22
M
San Jose
Axonius
Security
Dean Sysman
195
M
New York
Celonis
Automation
Alexander Rinke
1,364
M
Munich
Chainalysis
Finance
Michael Gronager
368
M
New York
Clockwise
Productivity
Matthew Martin
31
M
San Francisco
Cockroach Labs
Data & Analytics
Spencer Kimball
355
M
New York
Cresta
Customer Success
S. Zayd Enam
77
M
San Francisco
Cribl
Observability
Clint Sharp
256
M
San Francisco
DataRobot
Data & Analytics
Dan Wright
1,048
M
Boston
Databricks
Data & Analytics
Ali Ghodsi
3,497
M
San Francisco
Fivetran
Infrastructure
George Fraser
728
M
Oakland
Gong
Sales
Amit Bendov
584
M
Palo Alto
Grafana Labs
Observability
Raj Dutt
329
M
New York
Hugging Face
DevOps
Clément Delangue
65
M
New York
Hyperscience
Automation
Peter Brodsky
199
M
New York
Instabase
Productivity
Anant Bhardwaj
132
M
San Francisco
LinearB
DevOps
Ori Keren
23
M
Santa Monica
Loom
Voice & Video
Joe Thomas
198
M
San Francisco
Machinify
Healthcare
Prasanna Ganesan
12
M
Palo Alto
Monte Carlo
Observability
Barr Moses
106
M
San Francisco
Moveworks
Customer Success
Bhavin Shah
308
M
Mountain View
OctoML
DevOps
Luis Ceze
133
M
Seattle
Primer.ai
Data & Analytics
Sean Gourley
168
M
San Francisco
Replicant
Customer Success
Gadi Shamia
34
M
San Francisco
Runway ML
Voice & Video
Cristobal Valenzuela
10
M
New York
Samsara
DevOps
Sanjit Biswas
930
M
San Francisco
SeekOut
Human Resources
Anoop Gupta
74
M
Redmond
Snorkel AI
Data & Analytics
Alexander Ratner
138
M
Palo Alto
Snyk
Security
Peter McKay
1,109
M
Boston
Spot AI
Voice & Video
Tanuj Thapliyal
22
M
Burlingame
Starburst
Data & Analytics
Justin Borgman
280
M
Boston
Synthesia
Voice & Video
Victor Riparbelli
17
M
London
Tesorio
Finance
Carlos Vega
17
M
San Francisco
TruEra
Observability
William Uppington
17
M
Redwood City
WellSaid Labs
Voice & Video
Matt Hocking
12
M
Seattle
Workato
Automation
Vijay Tella
421
M
Mountain View
dbt labs
Infrastructure
Tristan Handy
192
M
Philadelphia
Rank
Company
Category
CEO
Funding
Location
1
Runway ML
Voice & Video
Cristobal Valenzuela
10
M
New York
2
Tesorio
Finance
Carlos Vega
17
M
San Francisco
3
Spot AI
Voice & Video
Tanuj Thapliyal
22
M
Burlingame
4
Auditoria
Finance
Rohit Gupta
22
M
San Jose
5
TruEra
Observability
William Uppington
17
M
Redwood City
6
Clockwise
Productivity
Matthew Martin
31
M
San Francisco
7
WellSaid Labs
Voice & Video
Matt Hocking
12
M
Seattle
8
LinearB
DevOps
Ori Keren
23
M
Santa Monica
9
Machinify
Healthcare
Prasanna Ganesan
12
M
Palo Alto
10
Replicant
Customer Success
Gadi Shamia
34
M
San Francisco
11
Synthesia
Voice & Video
Victor Riparbelli
17
M
London
Rank
Company
Category
CEO
Funding
Location
1
Abnormal Security
Security
Evan Reiser
74
M
San Francisco
2
Instabase
Productivity
Anant Bhardwaj
132
M
San Francisco
3
Loom
Voice & Video
Joe Thomas
198
M
San Francisco
4
Amperity
Customer Success
Kabir Shahani
187
M
Seattle
5
Primer.ai
Data & Analytics
Sean Gourley
168
M
San Francisco
6
Hyperscience
Automation
Peter Brodsky
199
M
New York
7
Axonius
Security
Dean Sysman
195
M
New York
8
Cresta
Customer Success
S. Zayd Enam
77
M
San Francisco
9
SeekOut
Human Resources
Anoop Gupta
74
M
Redmond
Rank
Company
Category
CEO
Funding
Location
1
Gong
Sales
Amit Bendov
584
M
Palo Alto
2
Snyk
Security
Peter McKay
1,109
M
Boston
3
Samsara
DevOps
Sanjit Biswas
930
M
San Francisco
4
Cribl
Observability
Clint Sharp
256
M
San Francisco
5
Starburst
Data & Analytics
Justin Borgman
280
M
Boston
6
Celonis
Automation
Alexander Rinke
1,364
M
Munich
7
Anduril
Security
Brian Schimpf
835
M
Irvine
8
Chainalysis
Finance
Michael Gronager
368
M
New York
9
Workato
Automation
Vijay Tella
421
M
Mountain View
10
Moveworks
Customer Success
Bhavin Shah
308
M
Mountain View
Rank
Company
Category
CEO
Funding
Location
1
dbt labs
Infrastructure
Tristan Handy
192
M
Philadelphia
2
Databricks
Data & Analytics
Ali Ghodsi
3,497
M
San Francisco
3
Hugging Face
DevOps
Clément Delangue
65
M
New York
4
Cockroach Labs
Data & Analytics
Spencer Kimball
355
M
New York
5
DataRobot
Data & Analytics
Dan Wright
1,048
M
Boston
6
Fivetran
Infrastructure
George Fraser
728
M
Oakland
7
OctoML
DevOps
Luis Ceze
133
M
Seattle
8
Grafana Labs
Observability
Raj Dutt
329
M
New York
9
Monte Carlo
Observability
Barr Moses
106
M
San Francisco
10
Snorkel AI
Data & Analytics
Alexander Ratner
138
M
Palo Alto
Phase 1
Building the voting list

An initial list of about 100 companies was built from the deep experience that our teams at Madrona and Goldman have built as investors in this space. This list was sent to potential judges and experts in the space, determined by their depth of investment in intelligent applications. Each judge had the opportunity to nominate companies for consideration in each category. The Madrona team vetted the companies to ensure they met the definition of intelligent apps. In total, over 220 companies were included in the final candidate list.  

Phase 2
Voting

A secure voting app was developed and sent to judges across 40 firms. Each judge was given five votes per category, with only 2 of those votes permitted to be for their portfolio companies.

Phase 3
Tabulation

Votes were aggregated and the top 10 companies across each category were selected as winners. Congratulations to the next generation of intelligent application companies!  

Methodology

Research-driven, industry-sourced list derived from investors who have put several billion into the sector.

The methodology for the IA40 is based on Madrona's experience investing in founders and engaging with researchers involved in AI and Machine Learning for over a decade, and inspired by a research and survey methodology developed by Wing.vc. This list was compiled by and voted on by experts in the space: investors who are funding the next generation of intelligent application companies, technology companies and a leading investment bank.

Full Methodology

The Judges

Meritech Capital Partners
Emergence Capital
Amplify
General Catalyst
Acrew Capital
a16z
Accel
Addition
Two Sigma Ventures
Goldman Sachs
Greylock
STEADFAST Capital Ventures
defy.vc
Battery Ventures
Revolution Ventures
M12
Madrona Venture Group
Sequoia Capital
Decibel Partners
Mayfield Fund
Scale Venture Partners
Khosla Ventures
Lux Capital
Coatue
Amazon
ICONIQ Capital
March Capital
Bessemer Venture Partners
GGV Capital
OpenView
Bain Capital Ventures
Positive Sum
Norwest Venture Partners
Altimeter
Redpoint Ventures
Allen Institute of AI
NEA
Insight Partners
CRV
Kleiner Perkins
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