ABOUT

ABOUT

OUR STORY

In 2013, after studying computer science at the University of Stavanger, Lars Ropeid Selsås moved to Silicon Valley - the global innovation capital. He quickly began working for some of the world’s leading companies in artificial intelligence, deep learning and natural language processing.

Lars Selsås, Hadle Selsås og Henry Vaage Iversen Hadle, Lars and Henry. The three founders of Boost AI.

When Lars returned to his hometown in the summer of 2016, he had acquired the unique knowledge to create market-leading solutions in artificial intelligence. What he didn’t know yet, however, was where he should put it to use.

He decided to team up with Hadle, his brother and an expert in machine learning and statistical modelling, and Henry Vaage Iversen, an expert in developing business ideas into real products. Together, they started researching where they should lay the foundation for the company.

The trio decided on building a virtual assistant demo for Sparebank 1 SR-Bank, the biggest bank in the region. Before they delivered the first virtual assistant, however, they wanted to make sure that their virtual assistant was going to perform better than the chatbots that were available in the market.

They quickly discovered that their virtual assistants, built on the James™ platform, were going to surpass them all - easily.

The virtual assistants were simply much better at understanding what the users were asking for.

SR-Bank agreed, and with the first customer on board, Boost AI quickly gained a reputation for delivering the best virtual assistants for enterprise. One year after its founding, Boost AI provided virtual assistants to 20 Norwegian companies in banking, finance, pension and insurance.

Our expansion continues. Now we deliver virtual assistants to over 40 major companies throughout Europe and have gained clients in telecom, transportation, local government, retail, travel and the oil & gas industry. We do, however, not limit ourselves to certain industries. We pride ourselves on being able to deliver virtual assistants to any industry or sector, regardless of previous experience, in collaboration with our partners

In 2018, we employ 50 ambitious, dynamic and hardworking individuals with a common goal that never changes: To deliver the best virtual assistants in the world.

When Lars returned to his hometown in the summer of 2016, he had acquired the unique knowledge to create market-leading solutions in artificial intelligence. What he didn’t know yet, however, was where he should put it to use.

He decided to team up with Hadle, his brother and an expert in machine learning and statistical modelling, and Henry Vaage Iversen, an expert in developing business ideas into real products. Together, they started researching where they should lay the foundation for the company.

The trio decided on building a virtual assistant demo for Sparebank 1 SR-Bank, the biggest bank in the region. Before they delivered the first virtual assistant, however, they wanted to make sure that their virtual assistant was going to perform better than the chatbots that were available in the market.

They quickly discovered that their virtual assistants, built on the James™ platform, were going to surpass them all - easily.The virtual assistants were simply much better at understanding what the users were asking for.

SR-Bank agreed, and with the first customer on board, Boost AI quickly gained a reputation for delivering the best virtual assistants for enterprise. One year after its founding, Boost AI provided virtual assistants to 20 Norwegian companies in banking, finance, pension and insurance.

Our expansion continues. Now we deliver virtual assistants to over 40 major companies throughout Europe and have gained clients in telecom, transportation, local government, retail, travel and the oil & gas industry. We do, however, not limit ourselves to certain industries. We pride ourselves on being able to deliver virtual assistants to any industry or sector, regardless of previous experience, in collaboration with our partners

In 2018, we employ 50 ambitious, dynamic and hardworking individuals with a common goal that never changes: To deliver the best virtual assistants in the world.

WHAT WE DO

Boost AI was created with one goal in mind - to become the world leading virtual assistant platform for enterprise. We only had one condition: Our virtual assistants also had to be the best. The best in user friendliness, the best in scalability and - last but certainly not least - the best at understanding what the user is actually talking about.

New opportunities
Breakthroughs in recent years, especially in deep learning and natural language processing, are taking artificial intelligence to new levels. At Boost AI, we keep looking for even more breakthroughs - while at the same time delivering market-leading virtual assistants. Virtual assistants that provide substantial and measurable value for our clients.

Unrivalled virtual assistance
Virtual assistants are no longer just an expensive and glorified tool that companies acquire for bragging rights about being innovative. They serve a tangible purpose now, with the majority of consumers stating that they prefer chatting with companies over other forms of communication. A virtual assistant is sufficient in the majority of customer enquiries companies receive - especially if the virtual assistant was built on the James™ platform.

New technology - new challenges
New chatbot companies are being founded almost daily around the world, making it difficult for companies to decide which supplier is right for them. Chatbots and virtual assistants can serve a variety of purposes, and new areas of use are being identified right now. Some chatbots are made for small businesses, with a low amount of enquiries and a minor customer base. Some virtual assistants are flashy and pretty on the outside, but stagnant and offer very little actual content. Forward-thinking companies and organizations should make sure they do the proper research to find the perfect fit for them.

Enterprise is our speciality
At Boost AI we focus on enterprise. We specialize in virtual assistants that can handle an enormous amount of enquiries simultaneously. We deliver virtual assistants that operate as digital employees for companies and organizations, both internally and externally. Every virtual assistant that originates from the James™ platform is completely customized to become an indistinguishable part of the organization it represents - in both content and appearance.

Our work never ends
We take enormous pride in every single one of our virtual assistants. We want to ensure that they remain an integral part of the organization they represent, and we never stop looking for new ways to make them even better. When a company commisions a virtual assistant from Boost AI, they are futureproofing their business.

”A key aspect of delivering market-ready virtual assistants is listening to your clients’ needs. We always put them first, while at the same time striving to remain innovative.”

Henry Vaage Iversen

CPO and co-founder of Boost AI

UP FRONT

Our team consists of extremely dedicated and talented IT entrepreneurs with solid experience from Silicon Valley. We are the market-leading experts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, deep learning and natural language processing.

lars

Lars Selsås

Chief Executive Officer

Lars spent 3 years in Silicon Valley perfecting his machine learning skills before starting Boost AI in his hometown. His brainchild, James, is now the world’s most robust virtual agent.

henry

Henry Vaage Iversen

Chief Product Officer

Henry has developed business ideas into real products, landed several deals for startups and expanded businesses from Norway to Scandinavia. His next target: The world.

abhishek

Abhishek Thakur

Chief Data Scientist

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Bonn University in 2014, Abhishek has been working with automatic machine learning. He is a former rank 3 in Kaggle competitions.

olav

Olav Gjerde

Chief Technical Officer

Olav is a full-stack developer with strong expertise of distributed computing, big data, performance monitoring, compression techniques, and information retrieval.

hadle

Hadle Selsås

Chief Cloud Officer

Hadle has two bachelor degrees, one in psychology and one in petroleum engineering. He is an expert in machine learning and statistical modelling.

camilla

Camilla Gjetvik

Chief Contracting Officer

With an extensive background from law and Business Management, Camilla has several years of experience in compliance, contract and negotiations.

havard

Håvard Dahl-Olsen

Lead Project Manager

Through a Master’s degree in Economics and vast experience in game theory optimisation, Håvard combines business knowledge with statistical and logical expertise.

gilberto

Gilberto Titericz Jr.

Advisor

Gilberto is a world no.1 ranked machine learning expert in Kaggle competitions. He has been listed as a top 24 Ultimate Data Scientists to follow in the world by Analytics Vidhya.

HOW WE DO IT

In order to retain our position as the premier supplier of virtual assistants for enterprise, Boost AI follows 4 principles rigorously: Innovation, Dedication, Education and Ambition.

Innovation
Market-ready virtual assistants first became available on the global market in 2016, something that makes it an incredibly new product. So far, there hasn’t been set any standards for the industry, and in order to stay ahead of the curve - something we have achieved with spectacular success so far - we research and develop new features constantly.

We believe that we owe it to our clients to help set the global standard for what a virtual assistant can and can’t do. With world class experts in artificial intelligence on our payroll, we help bring future standards to the highest level possible. Through tireless research and innovation - and with a proven track record - we release new features that have never been seen before.

Our virtual assistants are market-leading in understanding what the users are talking about. Through continuous innovation, we continue to push the boundaries of what is currently possible for virtual assistants.

Dedication
When a client decides to build their virtual assistant on the James™ platform, they also acquire our market-leading dedication to ensuring that their new digital employee lives up to the company’s high standards. In collaboration with the client, and sometimes through our skilled partners, we build the virtual assistant that represents the company in the optimal way.

We never deliver a virtual assistant that lacks the quality and content required to satisfy their demanding customer-base. Our team of expert and market-leading AI Trainers - both from Boost AI and our partners - will build, supervise, guide and counsel clients through the process of acquiring the virtual assistant that is perfect for them.

With such a new technology, uncertainty is widespread. Companies can forget about that uncertainty with Boost AI’s unique experience taking them through the process of obtaining a virtual assistant.

Education
In order to make the best possible virtual assistant, each client has to supply the industry knowledge, tone of voice and content that is exclusive to them. To deal with this challenge, we have set up a thorough - but quick and easily understandable - educational program that is a complimentary part of the license. With a virtual assistant from Boost AI, existing personnel can easily get the certification required to train, operate and update the new digital co-worker on the James™ platform.

Our dedicated team of educators constantly updates and improves the program in accordance with new versions and releases. With predefined roles available on the admin panel of the James™ platform, it is easy to operate and assign existing customer service personnel to proper tasks.

Through our educational program, clients are not only getting their hands on brand new technology, they are also future-proofing themselves and their reputation.

Ambition
Many suppliers, especially of new and emerging technologies, quickly grow static and cease innovating, content with what they have achieved. With a virtual assistant from Boost AI, who already delivers to a substantial and demanding customer base, our clients can rest assured that we will remain on the front foot, keep innovating and deliver the best virtual assistants in the world.

We hope and believe that all our clients feel certain that they are now ahead of the curve. We have got a taste of market-leading innovation and it is addictive. We operate in a dynamic industry with rapid technology changes. We believe that makes it essential to always commit to delivering excellence in our work.

We will always seek ways of improvement, have a thirst to acquire new knowledge and deliver our service with unrivalled quality. In our view, there is no better way to become the world leading virtual assistant platform for enterprise.

BOOST AI TIMELINE

Our 4 principles ensure that we keep adding to the highlight reel. Check out our company timeline below.

Boost's timeline
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