Founders: Leo Zhu (CEO), Lin Chenxi
Funding: $400 million
Key technologies: Machine learning
Industry: Finance, health care, public safety, retail
This seven-year-old Shanghai-based company is using artificial intelligence to build a safer and more intelligent world. Founder Leo Zhu earned his Ph.D. in statistics from UCLA and did his postdoctoral research at MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. When he launched YITU in 2012, the company got its start by helping local police analyze surveillance videos to help identify people and cars.