Apple names Haxus-linked
Prisma and MSQRD best apps of 2016

Apple this week recognized two apps backed by Haxus and its partners as the best apps of 2016.

Apple gave its top honours for iPhone app-of-the-year to Prisma, which turns photos into works of art in the style of famous painters and is currently funded and advised by Haxus. The runner up, in second place, was MSQRD, which enables 3D face-swapping in photos and videos. Haxus founding partner Yuri Gurski invested in and mentored MSQRD, which Facebook bought in March this year.

Last week Google also named Prisma the best Android app of 2016, and said MSQRD was the No. 2 most-downloaded app on the Google Play store during the year.

“We’re of course extremely proud to see these companies that we’ve helped build now topping the global app ratings and earning the praise of Apple and Google,” Yuri Gurski said.  “It shows we’ve found the pulse of the market and how to effectively develop AI startups today. There’s a lot of talent out there, and original ideas, which just need business advice and early funding,” he added.

Haxus, which launched earlier this year, is a funded venture acceleration firm led by serial entrepreneurs with a focus on artificial intelligence. It provides seed and pre-seed capital plus strong business support to startup teams with the potential to succeed on a large international scale.

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