At Torch.AI, we are answering a call to build something special. When we were founded in 2017, we set out on an adventure to improve decision-making at scale with a new form of in-memory artificial intelligence for the world’s most exciting and important mission-driven organizations.
Brian Weaver - CEO
Torch.AI builds AI that makes data easier to use. Today, our software helps enable better customer experiences, eliminate fraud, reduce risk, improve national security, and protect our warfighters. The people and technology at Torch.AI have been formed in the fire of great trials, high adventure, and of course serendipitous failure. We discovered along our journey a wholly new way to process data, helping to unlock the potential of every human on our planet. It hasn't been easy. Nothing that has the potential to be great ever is.
On the heels of success leveraging data and technology to improve outcomes in marketing, Torch.AI co-founder and CEO Brian Weaver set his sights on the growing complexity of data in healthcare. To accelerate, Weaver acquired a California based healthcare intelligence company, rebuilt the leadership team, and evolved the business into a real-time analytics platform for more than 8.5 million healthcare users. Then he met Jae Cha.
WE'RE ONTO SOMETHING2014-16
Prior to Torch.AI, Cha was instrumental in developing an innovating marketing data platform for VML, now the world’s largest digital advertising agency. Jumping at the chance to pioneer a new data analysis capability, Cha and a small team began work on the initial prototype, affectionately referred to as "Torch". The Torch platform rapidly assimilated data from hundreds of sources into a common operating picture and utilized graph data structures to generate simple correlation across vast data. The dream was a crystal ball for the enterprise.
Recognizing the potential of the prototype beyond the healthcare market, Weaver approached Microsoft with an idea: a market sensing and intelligence platform for their U.S. partner ecosystem. It was a hit, but the demand for new insights from the platform nearly drowned the nascent start-up. “This is never going to work,” declared Weaver. Insights were only as good as the data being fed into the platform. The data was flawed, hard to use, and expensive. No other company was focused on trying to make data easier to use, for good reason: delivering high quality data is one of the hardest problems in technology. Weaver continued to search for a better way. The firm penned a deal with H&R Block to fight fraud and in 2016 news of the team's success reached Washington, D.C., where the scale and consequence of problems demand advanced solutions. A new partnership with Deloitte quickly followed.
LIGHTING THE TORCH: torch.ai FOUNDED2017
What's in a name? Torch.AI was inspired by Plato’s Republic and in particular, the Allegory of the Cave. The story focuses on the idea that our perception of reality is different from the truth, the good. In the story, light from a torch casts shadows on the wall of the cave, these shadows are perceived by people as truth because they were unable to see the source of the light. It reminds us that truth can be found in data, but it can deceive. The story inspires us today to take what we have learned and return to the cave to teach and share data lessons to all those who will take up the challenge of unlocking human potential.
Driven by the opportunity to support the defense and intelligence communities—to serve those who serve—Weaver founded Torch.AI with Cha, Bob Owens-the company’s Chief Delivery Officer, and Jon Kramer-Chief Technology Officer. Torch.AI was ready to solve the fundamental challenge in enterprise IT: getting real value from complex data. Torch.AI’s Nexus™ data processing platform was born.
a higher purpose2018-19
In 2018, less than 18 months after founding the company and completing the development of Nexus™, with just 18 employees and competing against 63 of the world's best known companies, Torch.AI won one of the largest software system contracts with the U.S. Government to orchestrate large-scale data for clearance investigations and continuous evaluation.
Then, in 2019 Torch.AI won a watershed contract to deploy Nexus™ as the official Data Broker for the U.S. Department of Defense, integrating more than 36 distinct systems across 10 Federal agencies serving more than 100 enterprise-grade customers. The firm's AI-enabled data processing platform successfully integrated dozens of complex data connections in a matter of months. Kramer and his team perfected a capability which decomposes any incoming file or data type into machine understandable elements in memory before the data is stored, allowing for the universal application of machine learning in real time. Soon after, Torch.AI's Nexus™ software was granted an Authority to Operate (ATO) through a rigorous government certification process.
history in the making2021
To accelerate the success of the previous several years, Torch.AI selected WestCap, a prominent private equity firm, for the company's first round of institutional capital. At $30 million, it was one of the largest Series A investments of the year and largest for any company in Kansas City history. Soon after, Torch.AI committed to growing in the Kansas City region. Governor Laura Kelly and the state of Kansas responded with a $27 million incentive package, which rewards the company for adding even more high-paying tech jobs.
In 2021, Torch.AI acquired DataTech, a software development company that specializes in complex financial transactions and audits for the US Department of Defense. A few months later, B23.io, a market leader in Maritime Autonomy and related-AI applications joined the Torch.AI family, expanding presence with the US Military.
feeding the flames2022-Present
In 2022, Torch.AI was tapped to deliver a new artificial intelligence ecosystem providing AI and machine learning capabilities for Warfighting Naval Forces.
The 5-year agreement will provide next generation AI and data infrastructure software capabilities for the U.S. Navy's Digital Warfare Office (DWO).
The company continues to positioning itself for an exciting future, one where it has an opportunity to change the core fundamentals for how data is used across networks, ecosystems, and use cases to drive monumental impact and change. And to continue to serve our nation in valuable and meaningful ways each and every day.
Beyond extensive experience in their domain areas, Torch.AI's leadership team lives the company's mantra of 'Unlocking Human Potential' in their own lives, having pursued Ironman world-rankings, alligator hunting, marathons, heli-skiing, musical talents, and much more!
Torch.AI's board members and advisors have extensive domain, technology, product, and business experience in various domains, and are helping us create one of our country's great companies. We endeavor to make the world a better place by advancing the use of AI to change how data is put to use. Their unique backgrounds and experience allow us to make the world a better place by advancing the use of AI to change how data is put to use.
We have the awesome privilege of sharing responsibility for the security of our country and the lives of warfighters protecting that security. From this, we’ve developed a deep sense of duty to our clients, company, and each other. Our client’s mission is our passion.
Curious & innovative
We are always interested in finding new and better ways to do things and never satisfied with what we have. We wonder constantly about "what could be” and how we might "solve the unsolvable.”
We approach everything we do with a level of fire and intensity, consistent with the knowledge and understanding that our work is important and meaningful. We think and act like a start-up. Every day is Day 1.
Do what's right
We approach every decision, action, and interaction with an unwavering commitment to being ethical, considerate, transparent, and focused on achieving the best outcome for our clients and team, rather than ourselves.