Francisco Webber

CEO & Co-founder
Francisco Webber is co-founder and CEO of Cortical.io and inventor of the company’s proprietary Retina technology. This technology applies the principles of cerebral processing to machine learning and natural language understanding (NLU) to solve real-world use cases related to big text data. Cortical.io solutions are based on the actual meaning of text, rather than on statistical occurrences. Francisco’s interest in information technology developed during his medical studies, when he was involved in medical data processing. Over the course of two decades, he explored search engine technologies and documentation systems in various contexts but became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of state-of-the-art statistical methods. In 2005 he founded Matrixware Information Services, which developed the first standardized global patent database. In 2007 he set up the Information Retrieval Facility which aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry in the field of information retrieval.


Cortical.io provides natural language understanding (NLU) solutions that enable large enterprises to automate the extraction, monitoring, and analysis of key information from any type of text data. By understanding the meaning of text, Cortical.io Retina software reduces the time and human effort it takes to complete business-critical data search and review processes. Many repetitive and error-prone manual steps are eliminated, freeing up valuable resources to focus on higher value tasks. Our solutions can be quickly trained, unsupervised, in the specialized vocabulary of any business domain, and in multiple languages. We continuously develop the scientific foundations of our methodology and design, capturing all improvements within our proprietary technical framework, in a short lab-to-solution time. Our enterprise-grade technology is implemented at multiple Fortune 100 businesses, covering a wide spectrum of use cases. Our unique approach has featured in the Economist and the Harvard Business Review, and on Bloomberg and Gartner. Cortical.io has offices in Europe (HQ in Vienna) and in the US (New York and San Francisco).

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