Syte, An e-Commerce Visual Search Platform, Gets $ 30 Million Series C to Expand in The United States and Asia

Tel Aviv-based visual search and item discovery platform Syte, currently used by brand names like Farfetch and Style Nova, plans to broaden in the United States and Asia-Pacific region after its most current funding. The start-up announced today it has raised a $30 million Series C, with an additional $10 million in financial obligation.

The round was led by Viola Ventures, with participation from LG Tech Ventures, La Maison, MizMaa Ventures, Kreos Capital, and returning investors Lava, Naver Corporation, Commerce Ventures, Storm Ventures, Axess Ventures, Remagine Media Ventures, and KDC Media Fund. Syte’s last round of funding, a $21.5 million Series B, was revealed in September 2019. The start-up has now raised an overall of $71 million.

Launched in 2015 to concentrate on visual look for clothing, Syte’s innovation now covers other verticals like jewelry and house decoration and is utilized by brand names including Farfetch, Style Nova, Castorama, and Signet Jewelers. Syte says that its options can increase conversion by 177% typically.

The company’s platform includes three main items: Visual Discovery to let brand names add camera search, suggestion engines, and discovery buttons; “Searchendising,” which instantly generates tags based upon visual AI to enhance search and recommendation results; and a Discovery Marketplace utilized by publishers, smart devices makers, and social platforms to increase the reach of product ads.

Considering that the beginning of 2020, Syte says its client base has grown 38%, partially since of the increase in e-commerce traffic triggered by COVID-19 motion restrictions.

In the company’s press announcement, president and co-founder Ofer Fryman said Syte will focus on establishing or obtaining item discovery innovation “spanning the full variety of our senses– visual, text, voice, and more” to develop kinds of individualized suggestions.

A great deal of Syte’s present clients are in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, so its new financing is also allocated to increase its existence in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific markets.

More social media platforms and e-commerce platforms– consisting of Amazon, Target, IKEA, Walmart, eBay, Snap, and Pinterest– are using visual search and recognition innovation to provide users an option to keyword searches. By streamlining the search process or immediately creating tags, visual recognition technology can help improve search engine results and product suggestions, leading to more conversions.

There is a lineup of other businesses that are likewise working on AI-based visual recognition and search innovation for e-commerce. Other start-ups in the very same area that have raised equity capital financing include Donde Browse, ViSenze, and Slyce.

Gal Fontyn, Syte’s vice president of marketing, told TechCrunch that it differentiates with visual AI algorithms developed by co-founder and chief technology officer Helge Voss, who previously worked as a physicist at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).

Voss’ background in neural networks and device learning-enabled Syte to build a visual search service that can produce results with more than 95% accuracy in object-matching within less than a 2nd, Fontyn said. Its algorithms have also been trained on millions of products from suppliers worldwide, which Syte claims gives it the “largest vertical-specific lexicon in the industry.” This is what enables it to acknowledge several things within an image and assign them comprehensive tags.

Brands that utilize Syte see a 423% boost usually on ROI, Fontyn included.