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How Artificial Intelligence Can Enhance the Three Core Capabilities of Private Equity Firms

Introduction

“…AI and the fourth industrial revolution will impact every aspect of people’s lives.”

Fei-Fei Li, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has reached a tipping point and is already part of our daily lives. If you’ve used Google Maps to determine the optimal route and transport options, you would have benefitted from the AI powered predictions backed by troves of underlying data. For companies such as banks, machine learning (ML) has also been successfully used to extend loans at much lower default rates and with much greater productivity.

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Can Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize the Private Equity Industry?

Source: xkcd

Introduction

Would you believe us if we told you that artificial intelligence (AI) is as old as private equity (PE), but PE firms have only recently began to leverage the benefits of its use?

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COVID-19 and what we’re doing at udu

We at udu have been exploring ways in which we or our core technology could help in the very different world we all now find ourselves. As a result, we’re excited to announce our involvement in two new COVID-19 research projects, the first aimed at solving the challenges researchers face analyzing data from many sources. We will be announcing more details on the second project at a later date.

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New features in version 2.6.1

In version 2.6.1 of Find Businesses, we have expanded the functionality to include a new type of fast search and added a few new time saving features. Specified location string (no verification) is the latest search type. They are similar to No location searches in speed, but make an attempt at being a little more location specific. You also now have the ability to download multiple runs at once into a zip file.

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New features in version 2.5.1

Version 2.5.1 is a bit more feature packed than the last few versions. We heard many feature requests come in. Some are still under development, but this version really focuses on 2 things: simplifying and speeding up the process. Things are now simpler with the ability to share a link to get feedback and questions answered from a subject matter expert. It is also much faster to be able to click urls in the spreadsheets, track down why a company is missing from your results and get suggestions on the next geography you should run when building a model.

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