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Cognovi Labs combines Artificial Intelligence with Behavioral Sciences to quantify how people feel and what they will do next, at scale and in real time.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Software
  • Location Columbus, OH, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded February 2016
  • Employees 15
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Cognovi is an early innovator in the Emotion AI space. Its proprietary technology extracts emotions from social media, quantifies the key human behaviors and predicts the outcome of events in real time. These include forecasting product sales to make immediate course changes in inventory management, selecting stocks based on the consumers' intent and shopping behavior, optimizing ad targeting to strengthen the brand and, predicting elections.


  • Senior financial services executive, institutional investor and fintech innovator. Successfully transformed and created new businesses, spanning consumer finance, institutional securities and investment management.

    Previously, Gradwohl was EVP at Citi, MD at Morgan Stanley, founder of a fintech innovation department and award-winning institutional portfolio manager.

    He received his Ph.D. in Physics from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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    Co-Founder & Chairman

    As Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Ikove Capital Partners, he is launching disruptive technology companies in partnership with world-class research institutions and top tier commercial leadership. He has a proven record of building successful businesses.

    Previously, Lobato was ED at Liongate Management, MD & CIO at Atlas One Capital Management and VP at Goldman Sachs.

    He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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    Amit Sheth, Ph.D.
    Co-Founder & Technical Advisor

    Dr. Sheth is the creator of Cognovi Labs' underlying technology.

    He is the LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, an IEEE Fellow, an entrepreneur and a faculty member at Wright State University, Ohio. He is also the Executive Director of Kno.e.sis, a multidisciplinary Center of Excellence involving semantic web experts, cognitive computing scientists, behavioral psychologists and medical researchers.

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    Senior Software Engineer

    Jeremy oversees the front-end development of Cognovi Labs' SaaS platform and is responsible for implementation of all enhanced algorithms.

    He specializes in databases, natural language processing, distributed systems and front-end application development. As a graduate student he began full stack development of a large scale social analysis platform.

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    Chief Operating Officer

    As Cognovi Lab’s COO, Jim oversees key corporate functions including finance, operations, client servicing, human resources and marketing. Jim’s background brings a wealth of knowledge gained from several corporate executive positions including the COO for Citi Auto, COO for Citi Financial Mortgage and EVP Freedom Mortgage.

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    Senior Software Engineer

    Alan manages all architectural developments of Cognovi Labs’ systems platform and has been involved with the underlying technology since its inception. He co-authored several peer-reviewed research papers on semantic web techniques.

    Alan began his career as a Web Application Developer and at IBM Almaden Research Center in Silicon Valley. He earned his BS in Computer Science from Wright State University and is currently completing his MS.

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    Robert Martinez
    Senior Sales Partner

    Rob brings more than 16 years of experience selling alternative data, analytics and emerging technologies to hedge funds and asset managers, government institutions and media firms.

    Rob founded DAR Partners and previously held senior sales roles at various institutions.

    Rob received his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was a commissioned Aviation Officer and helicopter pilot in the US Army.

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    Head of Business Insights

    With a 20-year career as a senior fundamental research analyst at various well-regarded institutional asset management firms, Matt brings a depth of knowledge on how to translate AI results into tangible business intelligence for our clients.

    Matt has an MBA, Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A., English from Fairfield University.