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        November 18, 2016

        Jason Mars

        President, CEO, Clinc Inc.

        By Tom Henderson
        Clinc, which focuses on real-world applications for artificial intelligence, primarily in the red-hot space of the internet of things, was co-founded in 2015 by Mars, 33; Lingjia Tang,also an assistant professor at UM; and by two doctoral students, Johann Hauswald and Michael Laurenzano. Earlier this year, it closed on seed funding of $1.2 million. Clinc landed two customers almost out of the gate —Ann Arbor-based Notion AI, which uses artificial intelligence for apps that better organize the daily flood of email; and Bankjoy, a Silicon Valley startup that provides mobile banking applications for credit unions and small banks. Clinc won a Best of Show award in September at Finovate, a financial-tech trade show in New York, for an app named Finie, a sort of Siri for your bank account. Previously Mars was a visiting research scientist at Google and a research scholar at Intel Corp.
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