The case follows innovations by Drishti, a start-up company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision to provide manufacturers with granular process data on manual assembly, giving them a system-wide view into their manufacturing operations. The firm was founded in 2016 by Dr. Prasad Akella, Dr. Krishnendu Chaudhury, and Dr. Ashish Gupta, who all had extensive experience in industrial process automation. They prioritized the value of enhancing human potential in an increasingly automated world.
Noting the limitations of traditional manufacturing line performance evaluation and process improvement, Drishti Technologies presented new capabilities for real-time monitoring and performance improvements. This case is about entrepreneurs creating a new software in an established industry. The case also describes the core functionality and solutions developed from the new software, value provided to customers, and the strategic business model choices faced by the leadership in moving from start-up to scale.