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Q&A: Martina King, CEO of Featurespace, on why you should never give up

At UKTN, we’re always keen to shine a light on those who make up the UK’s thriving technology community.

This week, we spoke with Martina King, CEO of Featurespace, a firm that uses artificial intelligence to fight fraud.

She explained where the idea came from, what’s been most challenging in running the company and how mentors have helped her throughout her career.

Tech vertical: Artificial intelligence/machine learning
Funding: $14m
Staff count: 62
Location: Cambridge
Founded: 2005

Q: Can you tell us a little about Featurespace?

Featurespace was born out of academia and was created by Professor Bill Fitzgerald, head of applied statistics and signal processing at Cambridge University and his PhD student, Dave Excell. We spun out of Cambridge University in 2008 and remain headquartered in Cambridge, with additional offices in London and the USA. Since 2015 we have doubled our headcount and currently have 62 employees, employing the smartest minds in engineering, data science and commercial expertise....