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Skype co-founder has now invested over $130 million into start-ups

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LONDON — Jaan Tallinn, an Estonian pc programmer who helped to arrange Skype, says he has now ploughed round £100 million ($132 million) of his private wealth into start-ups all over the world since he began investing in tech. 

Speaking to CNBC Wednesday, Tallinn stated he is backed someplace between 100 and 200 corporations, including that round 100 of them are nonetheless “alive and kicking” right this moment.

Through his numerous funding corporations (the principle one being Metaplanet Holdings), Tallinn’s at the moment investing in roughly one new firm a month with wherever from $500,000 to a number of million {dollars}.

The entrepreneur-turned-investor has targeted on corporations which have synthetic intelligence at their core. He profited from an early guess on London AI start-up DeepMind, which Google acquired for $600 million in 2014. Elon Musk and Peter Thiel additionally backed DeepMind early on.

Tallinn has additionally given funding to quite a few college analysis labs together with Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and Cambridge’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk. 

One of Tallinn’s extra controversial start-up bets is a cryptocurrency funding of round $1 million into, a London agency that builds AI software program for corporations and governments worldwide.

Faculty gained notoriety after it emerged that it had helped the “Vote Leave” marketing campaign to take Britain out of the European Union. “I didn’t know that that they were doing that,” stated Tallinn. The Guardian newspaper reported in July that the corporate obtained £260,000 from Dominic Cummings, who was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief advisor till final week. Faculty was additionally awarded an $800,000 contract by the Home Office to develop an AI system that might spot terrorist propaganda on social networks.

Investing after the eBay acquisition