About Deepnews

A brief history

2016

The Deepnews project started during the academic year 2016–2017 when Frederic Filloux was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University. 

At the time, the “News Quality Scoring” project was based on the approach of what kind of “signals” could be drawn from a news story that would differentiate a value-added article from a commodity news piece?

2017

The following year, the JSK program awarded Frederic a research fellowship to pursue this journalistic exploration. By that point, the project had become 100 percent artificial-intelligence driven, thanks to the advice of Dennis Allison, a computer science professor at Stanford. Hence the name Deepnews.ai.

2018

In Summer 2018, when Frederic’s research fellowship ended, the project was moved back to Paris. Two engineers from Ecole Centrale de Paris helped lead the development of about 100 versions of the deep learning model —the Deepnews Scoring Model — as explained here.

2019

In early 2019, it appeared that Deepnews needed an experienced executive to bring the company to the next level, which would mean developing a lineup of automated newsletters powered by the Deepnews Scoring Model—the Distills— and growing the business. David Finch joined the company in March and will become the CEO in 2020.

2020

This year will mark the real beginning for the company with the launch of the first batch of Distills, the vertical newsletters, aimed at a specific market or sector with a need for value-added information.

Meet the humans

It’s not all machines, artificial intelligence and neural networks at Deepnews. To make sure the machines have everything they need requires a team of hardworking, dedicated humans.

David FInch
Co-Founder

Business and Finance

Frederic Filloux
Co-Founder

 Product and Strategy

Christopher Brennan

Editorial Lead

Shrey Bhandari

Editorial

Elie Mokbel

Engineering & Data Science

Youssr Youssef

Engineering & Data Science

Tom Fevrier

Engineering & Data Science

Mark Emery

Digital Marketing

They helped us