Authors A.I. in finals of $50K startup competition

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AUTHORS A.I. IN FINALS OF MSU $50K VENTURE COMPETITION

Startup uses A.I. to provide authors with an expert analysis of their novel in minutes

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2020 – The new tech startup Authors A.I. has won a slot on the 14-strong shortlist of a $50,000 venture competition. The contest is run by Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. 

As part of the competition, the finalists will gain access to experienced entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and business network resources.

“We’re still in a closed beta and haven’t officially launched yet,” said Alessandra Torre, Authors A.I. president and co-founder. “So it was gratifying to see that our technology has already impressed this select panel of judges.”

Authors A.I. offers both a community hub for published and aspiring authors as well as a suite of tools designed to enhance fiction authors’ manuscripts.The A.I. in the startup’s name is short for artificial intelligence.

“Authors still need to write for a living. Our tools make it that much easier, and our community is made up of authors helping one another.”
— president Alessandra Torre

“We’re about helping authors write great books that find large readerships,” said Torre, who is a bestselling romance author. “But we’re also here as a support network in these trying times when the coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. Authors still need to write for a living. Our tools make it that much easier, and our community is made up of authors helping one another.”

The company offers an open community hub for authors on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/authorsai/) and a resource site for authors. Its flagship product, Marlowe, is a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence designed to critique writers’ manuscripts and guide them through the self-editing process so they can improve their storytelling to increase their readerships. Authors upload manuscripts directly to the A.I. in a secure fashion and receive a full-color 25-page report is under an hour.

Later in 2020, the company plans to launch a site for readers, bingebooks.com, that connects them with curated books and authors they’ll love. That site is now open to people who want to receive early notification of when it will launch.

The $50K competition is being run by Blackstone LaunchPad in partnership with Techstars, one of the country’s premier accelerators for seed-stage startups. Authors A.I.’s CTO is Clem Izurieta, PhD, an MSU faculty member. Another co-founder is Matthew Jockers, PhD, an MSU alumnus, co-author of “The Bestseller Code” and a legend in the field of machine learning. The company’s senior engineer is Derek Reimanis, PhD, an MSU postdoctoral researcher. The date for the awards competition was originally set for mid-April but has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABOUT AUTHORS A.I.
Authors A.I. puts artificial intelligence into the hands of published and aspiring authors. The company, founded by and run by fiction authors, helps fellow authors modernize their self-editing process so they can more easily write books that find large readerships.

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For more information:

David Libby
Authors A.I. Media Relations
email: [email protected]
phone or text: (415) 518-6611