Affectiva provides emotion measurement technologies used to understand how people feel in order to improve products and experiences for Fortune 500 companies, corporations, agencies, and universities. The company offers Q, a wearable biosensor that tracks excitement, engagement, stress, and anxiety; Affdex, a facial expression recognition technology; and Affdex Discovery, an automated facial coding solution for qualitative research. Affectiva was founded in 2009 and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Company Growth (employees)
Waltham, US
Size (employees)
60 (est)+2%
Affectiva was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Waltham, US

Key People at Affectiva

David Berman

David Berman

Paula David

Paula David

Director of HR and Operations
Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby

Chief Science Officer & Co Founder

Affectiva Office Locations

Affectiva has an office in Waltham
Waltham, US (HQ)
411 Waverley Oaks Road

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Founding Date


Total Funding

$35.9 m

Latest funding size

$14 m

Time since last funding

over 1 year


Affectiva's latest funding round in May 2016 was reported to be $14 m. In total, Affectiva has raised $35.9 m

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Affectiva News and Updates

New Affectiva cloud API helps machines understand emotions in human speech

 Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab several years ago with tools designed to understand facial emotions, announced a new cloud API today that can detect a range of emotion in human speech. When we speak, our voices offer subtle and not so subtle cues about our emotions. Whethe…

This device from Cloverleaf and Affectiva tracks your emotional reaction to products while shopping

That area on store shelves typically reserved for price tags and logos may soon be occupied by sensors with the ability to track people and their emotional response to products. Announced today by Cloverleaf, shelfPoint is an LCD display with eye-level sensors that recognize joy, sadness, happiness,…

Affectiva and Uber want to brighten your day with machine learning and emotional intelligence

 Your phone doesn’t know how you’re feeling — but you may want it to if that capability came with a few fringe benefits. Affectiva makes emotion-detection software, and CEO Rana el Kaliouby was full of ideas today at Disrupt SF as to how it could be deployed, from gifs to Ubers. Read More

Affectiva partners with Giphy and opens its emotion-sensing API to small businesses

 Affectiva CEO Rana el Kaliouby made a pair of announcements at TechCrunch Disrupt today that should bring the company’s emotion-detecting systems to quite a few new people. First, the Affdex SDK and APIs are now free to any company that learns less than a million dollars a year. Read More

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