ClearMetal, a predictive logistics company, closed a $3 million seed financing round from leading global investors— NEA, Skyview, and Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. ClearMetal will use the investment to bring predictive intelligence to container shipping, something the company claims is a groundbreaking approach to solving a multi-billion dollar shipping logistics problem.
“It’s the age-old issue that continues to plague the shipping industry: Carriers struggle to get the right asset to the right place at the right time,” said Chetan Puttagunta, Partner at NEA. “The industry now has the needed IT and data infrastructure in place—opening the doors for ClearMetal to apply an innovative, data-driven approach to address the global trade problem. The team has developed an exciting solution, and we look forward to partnering with them to transform shipping around the world.”
ClearMetal is intent on working with the world’s largest shipping carriers to reduce costs, increase revenue, streamline operations, and reduce carbon emissions globally. The ClearMetal Predictive Intelligence Platform uses artificial intelligence to predict equipment, trade, vessel and shipper needs with accuracy and granularity that was previously impossible, eliminating some of the guesswork from moving 20 million containers around the world, the company claims.
“We invest in visionaries who apply cutting-edge technology to transform large industries, and ClearMetal is an ideal example. The shipping industry has been hungry for more reliable prediction, and leading carriers are embracing the clarity ClearMetal provides,” said Innovation Endeavors Managing Partner Dror Berman. “ClearMetal makes sense of the complexities of global trade so carriers can more efficiently manage hundreds of thousands of containers and vessels. The company will quickly make the shipping industry more effective, more profitable, and more environmentally friendly.”\
“The global shipping industry has reached a point of nearly unmanageable complexity,” noted Adam Compain, founder and CEO of ClearMetal. “ClearMetal forecasts the future with certainty, allowing carriers to accurately and effectively allocate, reposition and utilize their assets. By empowering carriers with predictive intelligence, we are driving efficiency and profit across every shipping container in the world.”