About us

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).

We track more than 110 million patents, 200 million scholarly articles and 110 million source code repositories worldwide to identify the greatest investment opportunities based on 42.cx research created by an international team of scientists and experts. The most promising public AI companies are being selected and form the AI-42 INDEX™, an index dedicated to express the growth of the AI sector. In addition, IP related insights is available through the AI Analyst™, our AI market intelligence platform.

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 market intelligence platform, 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.



A team of experts adds intelligence to data

We hand-picked a team of experts, each of them a renowned expert in his field. Each expert is contributing to our AI market intelligence platform 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:

AI Technology & Innovation

  • Andrea Gaal Innovation

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

  • Anne Gfrerer Communication and Digital Readiness

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

  • Gabriele Zedlmayer Innovation

    Accomplished international speaker on the subjects of sustainable management, social innovation and the future of work.

  • Jivka Ovtcharova AI and Innovation

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

  • Steve Rogers Innovation

    Google Zurich, London, Moscow and Tel Aviv. Expert for innovation and user experience.

AI Core Technology

  • Edwin Lughofer AI Expert

    Key Researcher with the Fuzzy Logic Laboratorium. Author of 170+ publications

  • Thomas Willomitzer Technology

    Technology entrepreneur. HF trading at UBS London, coFounder of last.FM, CTO of Jumio and CEO of Snapscreen.

  • Vladimir Arlazarov AI Expert

    Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Invented IBM Kaissa.

AI & Ethics

  • Paul Ellingstad AI & Ethics

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

AI & Finance

  • John Devonshire Finance & Strategy

    Experienced deal-maker with more than 20 years working within the technology and financial services industry.

  • Thomas Jungreithmeir Corporate Finance and taxes

    Expert for international corporate finance, mergers and acquisition and taxes.

  • Vaga Bartalini Investment Banking

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

AI Product & Strategy

  • Attila Gergely Operations

    Entrepreneur and experienced operations manager at international scale.

  • Markus Rumler Marketing and PR

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

  • Martin Drexler Strategic Vision

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

  • Wolf-Dieter Grabner Graphic and Design

    Creative expert and entrepreneur. Expert for graphic and design and Ui/Ux.

AI Market Insights from our Expert Team

Regular updates about the Artificial Intelligence market.



42.cx, September 25th 2019

Fresh from the press: Our new book "IP Assets: An Awakening in the Market?" is available now!

The global innovation race is heating up, with advances in artificial intelligence, blockchain, biotechnology, data storage and other cutting-edge technologies transforming sectors and global markets. This is also evidenced in the fact that the ratio of tangible to intangible assets of industry leaders around the world has been seeing ....

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42.cx, Gabriele Zedlmayer & Martin Drexler, September 24th 2019

Shalom from DLD Israel where cool people meet in the hot desert!

Many people keep asking about the connection between Yossi Vardi, the famous Israeli VC and Hubert Burda. It all started with a small conference in Beer Sheva almost 20 years ago called “Cool people in the hot desert”. This first major conference of the Hubert Burda Center in cooperation with Yossi Vardi was created to build a bridge between Germany and ....

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42.cx, September 9th 2019, Alexander G. Welzl

Read my lips… „I’m a robot!“

WIEN, Austria - Although digitalisation is all around us already and the pace of change seems to speed up continuously there are still moments of surprise. And this is what happened to the international audience at this years UNIDO Bridge for Cities conference in Vienna. Mobile phones went up when people tried to catch the magic moment when AI met human beings on stage....

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42.cx, August 6th 2019

"Get started where others talk" - Jivka Ovtcharova in an interview.

It is a man-made development that demands much from its habitual-loving creator: digitization. Your constant companion: the change. How is digital progress changing people? What role do our senses play in this? And to what extent must people rethink and reorganize companies in order to advance digitization in Germany? These and other questions are answered...

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42.cx, July 29th 2019

Center for Artificial Intelligence Talents - CAIT Celebrates Its Opening, Announces 42.cx

KARLSRUHE, Germany, July 29, 2019 The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) announced the establishment of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Talents (CAIT) located at the university's campus. CAIT considers digital education and the use of AI for everyone as a core requirement for professional success and participation in social and professional life...

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42.cx, July 9h 2019

42.cx Collaboration with CAIT (Center for Artificial Intelligence Talent)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE puts the world in which we live and work in a fundamental upheaval. Like never before, whole industries and lifestyles change. A race for the future has begun at a moment when a great deal is at stake. "Any profound change also offers new opportunities for all who recognize the signs of the times." Under this motto, the Institute for Information Management in Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is...

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42.cx, Giacomo Bonavera, June 14h 2019

42.cx Market Intelligence Special Report: NVIDIA

42.cx is the leading research, advise and market intelligence provider for financial institutions in the area of Artificial Intelligence. As an independent authority, 42.cx classifies the AI market and constantly monitors 11.000+ companies in the field of Artificial Intelligence. 42.cx issues Market Intelligence Special Reports to different topics about the AI industry.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) share price slumped to half the value from its last year highs. While...

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42.cx, PRESS RELEASE, May 10h 2019

The Global AI Company Rally is Continuing: +30,02% in Q1/2019. What’s next in AI?

The expert members of the 42.cx Index Rebalancing Committee Meeting got together and conducted the quarterly review of the AI-42 INDEX™ constituents, discussed the latest Artificial Intelligence trends and shared market insights from their delegation visit to China. The rise of AI companies globally is continuing, with the AI-42 INDEX™ Q1/2019 closing at 10.677,55 points, an increase of 2.465,24 points (+30,02%) since the beginning of this year. The index, which is expressing the global growth of the...

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42.cx, Mike Halsall, May 7th 2019

Are we overestimating China’s AI capabilities?

In February 2018, the FT published an article outlining ‘Why we are in danger of overestimating AI’, arguing that ‘considerably more work is needed before we can reach the long-dreamt-of moment when machine intelligence matches the human variety’. By 2030, just 11 years from now, China has vehemently expressed its ambition to ‘lead the world in AI’. Is this a realistic ambition, or has China become entirely conceited in the midst of its new-found wealth and growing economic muscle?

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42.cx, PRESS RELEASE, March 29th 2019

42.cx Market Intelligence: Research Finds Only 5.45% of AI Companies Have High AI Expertise

41.35% of so called AI companies do not use AI at all. 10,861 public and private companies have been analysed worldwide. New AI Market Intelligence Platform helps Venture Capital firms, Private Equity companies, asset managers, analysts, family offices and financial institutions to identify investment opportunities.


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42.cx, Gabriele Zedlmayer, March 15th 2019

Trouble in Paradise?

So there seems to be trouble in Paradise. The globe is facing massive challenges like climate change, cyber-crime, shortage of available resources, political instability and the potential of massive job loss because everything that can be automated will be. At the same time, we are seeing unprecedented opportunities like we have never before. Algorithms help us to better diagnose, predict and prevent diseases, they revolutionize the education sector by treating each student as an individual, and they free us from many repetitive and often cumbersome tasks.

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42.cx, Anne Gfrerer, March 9th 2019

Artificial intelligence is in the air: Ready or not -
Why managers should foster digital readiness of their firms

In the last years, technology has gradually become invisible and digital ubiquity is arising in our daily work and private lives. This is also true for artificial intelligence and its impact for companies to succeed in the digital age. Organizations must foster their digital readiness, which decides about their future business model and which encompasses a...

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42.cx, Jivka Ovtcharova, February 21st 2019

Artificial Intelligence goes Twinning - making analytics come alive

We live in exciting times. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fundamentally transforming the world with all its facets. Even if it has been around for a while in science and technology, aiming to create machines with some form of human intelligence, over time AI has become an inseparable part of our daily lives, personal as well as professional. Online searching engines, financial transactions, digital personal assistants, image and voice recognition are...

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Public appearances & delegation visits

Our team members are regular speakers at international events and are part of delegation visits to AI companies around the world.

Sensetime visit, China
Intellifusion visit, China
Yi visit, China
Delegation visit to China
@DLD, Munich
@4GameChangers, Austria
@CTIA, Los Angeles
@Alpbach Forum, Austria
@IBM Conference, Germany
@Marketing Forum, Vienna
@Money2020, Las Vegas
@TV Report, Austria

Competence in Artificial Intelligence

Rigourous systematic.


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