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Demystifing Artificial Intelligence

Everybody speaks about AI, but it is a difficult topic to grasp and understand. 42.cx has been formed to demystify Artificial Intelligence and bridge the gap between AI as one of the greatest growth opportunities and the technical complexity of AI in general. The global AI market is expected to grow from $8.1B (2018) to $105.8B (2025).

The AI-42 INDEX™ consists of the 42 greatest public companies in the field of Artificial Intelligence.


The AI Analyst provides access to 11,000+ AI companies in our database and includes information for each of them about valuations, funding, investors, competitors, financials, traction, peer-groups, and more. It also includes our comprehensive analytical indicators like AI strength, AI competence, AI focus, AI growth potential, financal health, market momentum, etc. – all benchmarked against their peers and their industry. These indicators are being calculated based on a unique proprietary quantitative and qualitative approach, where we combine Big Data analytics and human expert opinions.

We also believe that the ethical framework and principles upon which individuals, organizations, institutions and society itself embrace AI will define us. Consequently, we are equally committed to the ethics of AI as we are to the technology and its adoption. The 42 Online Academy is the starting point to gain knowledge about AI and to understand the various aspects of AI, including definitions, neural networks, machine learning and societal implications. Dedicated blocks for finance are available, too, and provide everyone in finance the knowledge to understand how to identify AI investment opportunities or to distinguish between “managing assets with AI” and “managing AI assets”. The 42 Online Academy is offering multiple online certificate programs for everyone who is interested in AI, starting from a general introduction of Artificial Intelligence over AI & Ethics to AI & Finance. 42 also provides individual research and advice in public and private AI companies across all industries to financial institutions, private equity funds, venture capital funds, investment managers, family offices and qualified investors.

Our name was inspired by the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, where the number 42 is “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years.

Our skills and core strengths

Our expert team has been selected to represent the various aspects required to be able to provide a holistic view on the AI market. It consists of AI scientists, innovation and industry experts, visionairies, thought leaders, international speakers and book authors and gives us the capabilities to tell the difference between a company who claims to do AI and a company that really has a technological breakthrough. Our expert team also gets together regularily to formulate the latest industry trends & developments and to review the AI-42 INDEX™ constitutients. These insights are shared within our community and provide a better understanding of the AI ecosystem, its opportunities, implications and future growth potential.

We are also regularily going on-site to visit and review some of the most exciting AI companies all around the world, to speak with their teams and to discuss their businesses in-depth. This gives us even more insight into their skills and helps us analyse their potential further. It also provides us with unparalleled access to AI investment opportunities.








Our internal database, which is based on years of data collection from a multitude of data sources, allows us to systematically scan the universe of AI opportunities for the best investment opportunities. It is an important information platform for us to screen AI opportunities.

Meet Some of our Experts

We hand-picked a team of experts, each of them a renowned expert in his field. Each expert is contributing to our AI projects by providing insight, analysis and scoring. Propiertary formulas are weighting these expert driven inputs and adds a layer of intelligence to the companies we are tracking. Here’s a selection of some of our experts:

Vaga Bartalini

Experienced international financial markets and banking expert: Merrill Lynch, ING, Banco Finantia.

Jivka Ovtcharova

Chair for Information Management in Engineering at KIT, Director for Intelligent Systems at FZI.

Andrea Gaal

CEO & Co-Founder dataflag, Data Compliance & Univ. Lect. i.Economics Webster Univ. & Supervis.Board Memb Raiff. Bank Int.

Anne Gfrerer

SVP UniCredit, expert for strategic communication and digital readiness, speaker and moderator, initiator HVB Women´s Council

Nicole Büttner

Entrepreneur, economist and founder of DataQuotient, a data analytics and AI consulting firm and expert platform helping companies implement machine learning projects.

Markus Rumler

Marketing and PR Expert. Former Jajah, Jumio and founder of Creatix. Received multiple awards.

Attila Gergely

Entrepreneur and experienced operations manager at international scale.

Martin Drexler

Art- and Creative Director, expert for global brand strategies and new business operations.

Paul Ellingstad

Strategic advisor for communications, leadership, innovation, and breakthrough change. Managing Partner at PTI Advisors.

Kurt Hornburg

Market Entry & Expansion, RegTech, Privacy & Ethics. BizDev @ Silicon Valley, Boston High-Tech Start-Ups

Dagmar Schuller

Dagmar Schuller is the co-founder and CEO of audEERING and responsible for the corporate strategy, business development, and the operational business of the AI innovation leader

Franz-Josef Martinz

Founder of Alpscapes, a global project management and development organisation with the focus on strategy development.

Latest News

Discover the latest from our expert team about everything relevant to Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Ethics and Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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