On a mission to bring natural language understanding to the next level Based on neuroscientific research, Cortical.io's unique technology overcomes many obstacles of dealing with terabytes of unstructured text data

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Year of foundation
First prototype
Q2 2014
Launch of Retina API 1.0
Q4 2014
Release of Retina API 2.0
Q4 2014
Incorporation of US subsidiary
Q2 2015
Strategic Partnership with Numenta
Q4 2015
Opening of a Bay Area office
Q1 2016
Launch of Retina Spark 2.0
Q1 2017
Enterprise license signed with large financial institution
Q4 2017
Opening of a New York office
Q4 2017
Enterprise license signed with large networking manufacturer
Q3 2018
Joint business relationship with PwC Germany

About us

Inspired by the latest findings on the way the brain processes information, Cortical.io’s Retina Engine converts language into semantic fingerprints, a numerical representation that captures meaning explicitly and operates on it computationally.

The Retina Engine compares the semantic relatedness of any two texts by measuring the overlap of their fingerprints. It can be easily customized for any language, domain or jargon and delivers results quickly, at low costs.

The intrinsic difference of Cortical.io’s algorithm makes it possible to solve many open NLU challenges like meaning-based filtering of terabytes of unstructured text data, real-time topic detection in social media or semantic search over millions of documents across languages.

The company was founded in 2011 and holds a broad general license for Numenta’s HTM technology. Cortical.io has offices in Vienna, Austria, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.


At a glance:

  • Founded in 2011
  • Patented technology
  • Strategic partner of Numenta
  • Technology partner of PwC Germany
  • Offices in Vienna, New York and San Francisco
  • Several Fortune 100 customers

Cooperation partners

In May 2015, we entered a strategic partnership with Numenta, that grants us a broad general license to the Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) technology. Combined with our Semantic folding methodology, it will enable us to develop solutions for sentiment analysis, automatic summarization, semantic search, and conversational dialogue systems.

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PwC Germany logo

In September 2018, we signed a joint business relationship agreement with PwC Germany*. Using Cortical.io’s natural language understanding technology, PwC intends to develop intelligent text analytics solutions and help their clients turn unstructured data silos into value. * PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

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