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Introducing Revenue AI

The first of Cognism's AI and machine learning innovations

For today’s B2B salespeople and marketers, the process of B2B lead generation has become harder than ever. The number one reason for this is data. All too often, the data that B2B sales and marketing teams are working with is incomplete or out of date. B2B data starts to go out of date as soon as it’s captured in a CRM, creating issues in identifying decision-makers and the appropriate prospects to do business with.

This kind of data decay can have numerous damaging impacts on a business, from lost sales opportunities to wasted resources - and ultimately, a reduction in revenue.

However, a solution to this problem is at hand. Artificial intelligence and machine learning represent a significant opportunity for B2B companies to improve the quality of the data they hold. Cognism is at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology and has created its own pioneering AI engine, the first of many future innovations - Revenue AI.

Revenue AI is a patented technology that provides a breakthrough in how labour market data can be structured in order to facilitate lead generation. It leverages large-scale graph-based machine learning approaches to map the inherent structure of firms, employee career paths, and the types of skills that are most likely to match a specific product. These structures provide an extraordinarily granular and useful view of different individuals, departments, firms, industries, and the entire economy as they change over time.

Will someone soon be promoted into a decision-making position? Does a person now qualify for new investment products? Is a company changing strategic direction or adopting more AI technologies? Revenue AI uses enriched graph-based structures to predict the likelihood of people being good targets for products and to identify firms that might be considering new technologies, or industries ripe for targeting.

The high-quality, real-time aspects of Revenue AI’s enhanced B2B data means that lead generation can be conducted in a more timely and effective manner, helping organisations to hit and exceed their revenue generation goals.

AI Experts

The co-founder and CEO of Cognism, James Isilay, is an expert in algorithmic technologies, natural language processing and machine learning. He developed Cognism as a means to initiate an event-based approach to lead generation and sales management.

Before founding Cognism, James was employed as an Algorithmic Trader at Axpo Group and as a Quantitative/Technical Analyst at EGL Trading. James has an MEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London.

Cognism hasRevenue AI is the first in a series of AI and machine learning products that are currently being designed by Cognism’s data science team.

The team is led by James Hodson, Cognism’s Chief Science Officer. James is a researcher, leader and entrepreneur in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and economics. He currently serves as Senior Researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Department of the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, and as the CEO of the AI for Good Foundation, a UN-backed platform that promotes the beneficial use of AI in business and society.

Prior to joining Cognism, James built and directed the AI Research group at Bloomberg in New York, leading a team of 20 in a rich cross-disciplinary research agenda. James was also a researcher at the German National Research Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and holds several patents across Machine Translation and Network Inference.

James’s Credentials:

  • BA in Computer Science, specifically NLP and ML, Princeton University
  • PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Jozef Stefan Institute, National Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Researcher, German National Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (2009-2010)
  • Director of AI Research Lab, Bloomberg LP, New York (2010-2015)
  • CEO, AI for Good Foundation (2015-present)
  • Angel Investor, Scientific Advisor, Machine Learning and Sustainable Development Startups (2016-present)

Since being granted the Revenue AI patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, James Hodson has been steering the Cognism data science team in the further development of algorithmic technologies, natural language processing and machine learning. Expect new announcements from James’s team very soon.

Our First Patent

Cognism was granted a Revenue AI patent in December 2018. The patent, referred to as the “System and method for computational disambiguation and prediction of dynamic hierarchical data structures”, is just the first step in putting Cognism at the forefront of the B2B data industry.

Summary of the Patent

The Revenue AI engine was designed to disambiguate and enrich dynamic datasets, in order to improve information about the interrelation between company profiles and individual profiles in a CRM environment (for example, a user profile comprising resume information such as work history, job title and other evolving data).

Revenue AI achieves this aim by deploying a unique combination of computational, statistical and machine learning methods. It provides a system for computing broad representations of user profiles, termed ideal customer profiles. These ideal customer profiles can then be used to find similar profiles in other countries across cultural, geographical and linguistic barriers.

The Advantages of Revenue AI

The advantages of Revenue AI include the ability to predict fields within user and business profiles in a CRM and any changes that may affect them, including any changes to:

  • Work environments
  • Company structures
  • Company finances
  • Productivity
  • Social wealth

James Hodson explains why such a system is essential for B2B organisations to adopt:

Not only does static CRM data rapidly lose its relevance, we know that in most cases it is contextually flawed at the outset, which means that organisations are missing out on both identifying and targeting their most valuable prospects. Through the Revenue AI engine, not only can companies identify the most relevant, timely revenue opportunities on an international scale, but a deep and accurate customer data resource can transform the accuracy of sales and marketing activity. Companies are not only prioritising outreach activity at the right time, but each prospecting interaction is more focused and relevant to each persona.

 James Isilay adds: 

With a constant feedback loop provided by our Revenue AI engine, our B2B clients are achieving real bottom line growth. This comes from using Revenue AI to better understand their core market, from purchase triggers to decision making personas. In today’s ever more discerning market, being able to deliver a personalised B2B sales message in the same way that people have become used to in a consumer environment will soon become a key to competitive advantage and profitable business growth.

Discover our products

Cognism Prospector is a GDPR compliant data solution, powered by our patented Revenue AI technology. It provides B2B salespeople with a more efficient way to prospect B2B leads, producing contact data at scale and streaming new opportunities into the funnel.


Cognism Enrich is a powerful platform for managing all your lead enrichment needs. Cognism’s pioneering Revenue AI seeks out and targets stale data, filling in any missing gaps in your CRM records and providing you with valuable, actionable information on your target prospects and accounts.