Parsa Ghaffari is founder and CEO of Aylien, an AI company that uses machine learning and natural language processing to make sense of unstructured data like images and text. The data tool can separate text into its component parts and analyze their syntactic roles from thousands of global news sources in an instant. The platform is used by over 25,000 people as well as large financial services and media companies around the world.
“Our technology lets you grab every bit of data and make sense of it,” he said in an interview with Silicon Republic. “Our tools let you set out nuances, break down sentiments and get to the heart of what you need to understand.”
Originally from Iran, Parsa first experimented with tech entrepreneurship by building an early version of Facebook with a classmate in high school. He later created a simple form of iTunes that focused on the Iranian underground music scene and apps such as i-News, which helped Iranians access information their phones. As local companies lacked an interest in his ventures, he decided to focus on the global market.
In 2010, Parsa moved to China to join an accelerator run by SOSV. After encountering problem with his visa, he later moved to Ireland through a program that supported foreign entrepreneurs, with the support of SOSV.
He is a big proponent of Ireland’s tech start-up scene, specifically its AI businesses, and has partnerships with many universities throughout the country.