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Jane.ai raises $8.4 million to bring AI to the workplace



St. Louis entrepreneur David Karandish, who founded the question-and-answer internet company Answers and sold it for a reported $900 million in 2014, is ready to talk about his latest project. His new startup, Jane.ai, makes an artificial intelligence platform designed to answer questions in the workplace.

Karandish and Chris Sims started Jane.ai in 2017, but the startup is touting Tuesday as its launch day and has announced $8.4 million in funding from a network of private and angel investors, according to a press release.

The technology is designed for any part of a business that often deals with repetitive, routine questions but also must be able to grasp complexity and nuance — think HR departments and customer support desks, Karandish told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Its goal is not to eliminate jobs, Karandish said, but to help employees do their jobs more efficiently.

The Ladue-based company has 35 employees and could double its headcount over the next year as it hires employees for engineering, sales and more, according to the Post-Dispatch.

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