Blackbird.AI scoops $20m for narrative risk intelligence in Series B raise


Blackbird.AI, a firm that stands out as a key player in the AI-driven narrative and risk intelligence space, has netted a $20m Series B funding round.

The company stands as a frontrunner in the field of AI-driven narrative and risk intelligence, providing cutting-edge solutions to a range of industries.

The latest funding round was led by cybersecurity investor Ten Eleven Ventures. The round also witnessed active participation from existing investors such as Dorilton Capital, Generation Ventures, StartFast Ventures and Trousdale Ventures. Further investors included Paul Kurtz, who serves as the chief cybersecurity advisor to Splunk, and Richard Clarke, the first “cyber czar” for the U.S. Government. This recent funding effort elevates the total amount raised by the firm to a considerable $32m.

Operating since 2019, Blackbird.AI is committed to unravelling the manipulation of digital narratives and tracking the consequences such efforts could cause. Their groundbreaking platform enables security and communications teams to identify information threats which could turn into physical and cyber threats, financial losses, or even catastrophic events for businesses.

With these fresh funds, Blackbird.AI has plans to scale up its sales and marketing efforts. The aim is to bring their innovative solutions to a broader customer base, accelerate awareness in key sectors, and enhance innovation within their Constellation Platform and the newly launched RAV3N Co-Pilot, a state-of-the-art Generative AI reporting module. The company is also looking to expand its ecosystem through the Blackbird Global Alliance Program.

While other technologies have struggled to identify and neutralise harmful online content, Blackbird.AI’s Constellation Platform can detect narratives and their associated risks in over 25 languages. It analyses text, images, and memes across the dark web, social platforms, news outlets, and more, offering rapid access to AI-powered insights and allowing organisations to react faster to an array of threats.

Blackbird.AI CEO and co-founder Wasim Khaled commented, “Human perception has become the latest frontier in cyberattacks, manifesting as misinformation and narrative manipulation. This emerging threat is impacting a broad range of sectors and professionals, from strategic communicators and risk managers to information security teams. We aim to help organisations understand and address the potential threats posed by perception manipulation, which often fly under the radar, fostering an environment of trust, safety and integrity, while simultaneously providing them with significant strategic and competitive leverage.”

To date, Blackbird.AI’s growth has been predominantly organic, with critical technology deployment assisting government organisations in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, and at communications firm Weber Shandwick where their platform is a key tool in the company’s crisis services.

Shift5, a company specialising in onboard data, has recently announced a $33m rise in its finances, bolstering its Series B round to an impressive $83m.

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