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Sam Altman Invested in Teenagers’ AI Startup Automating Browser-native Workflows

by Ant Sh
Sam Altman Invested in Teenagers’ AI Startup Automating Browser-native Workflows

Yesterday, Aryan Sharma, Co-founder of Induced AI, announced that their startup has raised $2.3 million in a seed funding round led by ChatGPT-maker OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman, Indian venture capital fund Peak XV Partners (formerly Sequoia India and SEA) and joined by SignalFire, Superscrypt, OnDeck and other investors.

Founded this year, Induced AI, enables businesses to input their workflows in plain English, subsequently converting the instructions into pseudo-code in real time for numerous repetitive tasks typically managed by back offices.

The eponymous platform spins up Chromium-based browser instances, and uses its tech to read on-screen content and control the browser similarly to a human in order to complete various steps of a workflow. This allows the browser instances to interact with websites even if they don’t have an API, Aryan Sharma (pictured on the right) showed in a demo.

Zapier is among the firms that pioneered the API integration economy, connecting disparate applications, offering businesses a route toward automated and efficient workflows. The platform’s use of automated workflows provided companies with a mechanism to streamline operations and innovate, all without necessitating an in-depth understanding of technical processes. Eighteen-year-old Sharma, who co-founded the startup with 19-year-old Ayush Pathak (pitured on the left), is betting that Induced AI can build an integration economy for the browser-native workflows.

The workflows can be complex and logic-driven processes, including two-factor authentication dialogues. Induced AI applies a bi-directional interaction system, enabling human involvement in certain steps as needed, while autonomously managing the remainder, said Sharma.

“We’ve purpose-built a browser environment on top of Chromium that’s designed for autonomous workflow runs. It has its own memory, file system, and authentication credentials (email, phone number) to do complex flows. As far as I know, we’re the first to take this approach of redesigning the browser for native AI agent use. So complex logins, 2FA (we auto fill in auth codes/SMSs), file downloads, storing and re-using data is possible that other autonomous agents can’t do.”

Aryan Sharma, Co-founder, Induced AI

In contrast to existing models, where an individual trying to program such instructions might spend hours on tasks like tagging all HTML elements, Induced AI eliminates the need for manual tagging. Its system can discern the necessary information from English instructions and dynamically adjust them as needed for tweaks.

Induced AI is certainly not alone. Chances are you have seen several similar modern Robotic Process Automation concepts floating around on X and Hacker News in recent months. But Sharma pointed out several factors that set Induced AI apart from others. Induced AI can run multiple tasks simultaneously and it’s fully remote, for instance, he said.

The startup, which currently has just five members, has signed up a few small to mid-sized customers in recent weeks, including a sales firm that uses Induced AI for employee onboarding, and is working on many new use cases, said Sharma.

“Induced is the definition of RPA 3.0. Not only are they taking a huge leap forward in providing true human-like interaction and efficiency, they democratize access by allowing users to describe their workflows in natural language and execute parallel agents any back-office workflow.”

Elaine Zelby, Venture Partner, SignalFire

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