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    AI Demos: Claude 3's Opus, Mistral, Groq Playground, EMO by Ali Baba | E1912

    en-usMarch 12, 2024

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    • Definitive IO acquired by Grok, offers new cloud serviceDefinitive IO acquired by Grok, offering faster inference engine for developers, up to 100x faster than traditional models

      Definitive IO, a company specializing in AI-enhanced data analysis, has been acquired by Grok, a company focused on creating an AI chip for servers. As part of the acquisition, Definitive IO will now offer a cloud service that allows developers to utilize Grok's high-speed inference engine, enabling them to build new experiences with super low latency and high throughput. This is different from traditional models used for training, and Grok's distinct architecture allows for much faster inference, up to 100x faster depending on the model. Definitive IO's CEO and founder, Madra, had a successful week with the acquisition and a cameo on a podcast, leading to an influx of LinkedIn requests. The acquisition is a result of Grok's seven-year journey, and investors like Chamois saw the potential early on. This partnership will bring new opportunities for developers and further advance the use of AI in technology.

    • New models from CLOD-3 offer impressive reasoning capabilitiesNew models from CLOD-3 enhance page loading speeds and user experiences with powerful reasoning capabilities. A prompt library is available for developers and end-users to optimize output.

      The new models, such as Opus from CLOD-3, offer impressive reasoning capabilities that can significantly improve page loading speeds and user experiences for various use cases. The team at CLOD has provided a prompt library, which is optimized for their model and can be used by developers and end-users to better understand how to get the desired output. This library includes prompts for different categories, from data organization to email extraction, and the team has done a commendable job in making them readily available. During the demo, it was shown how powerful the model's reasoning capability is through an example of interpreting IKEA build instructions. However, it was also demonstrated that the model can't provide instructions related to assembling certain objects due to ethical concerns, highlighting the need for continued development and refinement in this area. Overall, the new models' impressive capabilities, along with the prompt library, provide valuable resources for developers and end-users to enhance their projects and create more efficient and effective user experiences.

    • On-demand tech talent from lemon.io and advanced AI modelsStartups can access vetted developers from lemon.io for quick team integration, while advanced AI models from Anthropic offer detailed instructions for various tasks, saving time and resources.

      Startups facing the challenge of finding experienced and reliable tech talent without the luxury of time can turn to platforms like lemon.io. This service offers on-demand, vetted developers with strong portfolios, competitive rates, and quick integration into teams. With a rigorous selection process, lemon.io ensures only top talent joins their pool. Additionally, they provide replacements if needed, ensuring minimal disruption for startups. Moreover, the discussion touched upon the capabilities of advanced generative AI models, such as those from Anthropic, in providing more detailed instructions for various tasks. This can range from assembling furniture to writing copy or brainstorming ideas for events. The potential applications for such AI are vast, offering significant time and efficiency savings for businesses and individuals alike. Overall, lemon.io's solution to the talent crunch faced by startups, combined with the potential of advanced generative AI, presents a compelling combination for streamlining operations and driving growth in today's competitive business landscape.

    • AI models suggest event topics like fundraising, deal sourcing, portfolio management, trends, diversity, and ESG issues.AI models provide valuable insights for event topics, including fundraising strategies, deal sourcing, portfolio management, emerging trends, diversity, and ESG issues, making brainstorming sessions more efficient and effective.

      AI models like Claude and Opus are powerful tools for generating ideas, summarizing information, and even updating existing content. During a discussion about potential topics for an event, these models suggested themes such as fundraising strategies, deal sourcing, portfolio management, emerging trends, diversity, and environmental, social, and government issues. While these models are not perfect, they provide a solid starting point for brainstorming sessions. Moreover, the availability of multiple AI teams working on similar capabilities will lead to advancements becoming more affordable, faster, and open source, benefiting the developer ecosystem and society as a whole. The ongoing competition between these teams ensures that no single entity holds a monopoly on innovative AI technology. Elon Musk's Grok, recently announced as open source, is a testament to this trend.

    • Exploring the Impact of Guardrails on Open Source Language ModelsOpen source language models offer flexibility and affordability, but guardrails added after creation are essential to prevent inappropriate content. Discussions raised curiosity about language models without guardrails and their potential biases. Simplifying business communications with tools like OpenPhone was also a topic of interest.

      Open source language models like Google's are increasingly popular and offer benefits such as availability on multiple API providers, leading to competitive pricing and flexibility for developers. However, the implementation of guardrails to these models, which are added after the model's creation, can be a topic of debate. These guardrails exist at the interface and inference level and are designed to prevent inappropriate or harmful content. During a recent discussion, there was a curiosity about what a model without guardrails might produce when asked to do inappropriate things. It would be interesting to explore this further and understand if language models have inherent biases based on human knowledge. Moreover, the conversation touched upon the importance of simplifying business communications with tools like OpenPhone, which offers an easy-to-use app for managing business communications. The affordability and ease of use of OpenPhone, along with its high customer satisfaction rating, make it a popular choice for businesses. Overall, the discussion highlighted the significance of open source models in the industry, the role of guardrails in shaping their output, and the importance of tools that simplify business operations.

    • Discovering vulnerabilities in AI language modelsWhile AI language models like GPT-4 are advanced, they have vulnerabilities that need addressing, such as bypassing guardrails using ASCII art. Open-source guardrails and increased transparency are steps towards making these models safer and more consumer-friendly.

      While AI language models like GPT-4 are advanced and capable, they still have limitations and vulnerabilities that need to be addressed. Last week, users discovered a way to bypass certain guardrails in the model by creating ASCII art instructions for making a bomb. This highlights the importance of transparent guardrails and ongoing efforts to improve and make these models safer and more consumer-friendly. Facebook and Meta have open-sourced their long guardrails, which is a step towards increased transparency and understanding of these systems. However, there are nuances and potential arguments for and against certain guardrails, making it essential for users to have access to this information. Google's approach to handling such queries is to organize the world's information and provide the requested content, while some might argue for leaving certain guardrails unenforced for specific use cases. The ongoing debate around moderation and its role in shaping opinions and societal norms further emphasizes the importance of understanding these systems and their limitations. Overall, the advancements in AI language models are impressive, but it's crucial to acknowledge their vulnerabilities and work towards improving them. The open-source movement and increased transparency are steps in the right direction, allowing users to better understand and engage with these powerful technologies.

    • The race to create advanced AI models is challenging due to data access limitations on popular platformsChinese companies may have an advantage due to disregard for copyright laws, but both US and China need to prioritize intellectual property protection and evolve legal systems to respect each other's business practices.

      The race to create advanced AI models using data from popular platforms like Reddit, Twitter, Quora, and Stack Overflow is becoming increasingly challenging due to these sites limiting access to training data for open source models. This trend could potentially give Chinese companies an advantage as they may not respect copyright laws, allowing them to build models using archived and scraped data. However, if there's a business relationship between the US and China, intellectual property protection should be a priority, and both parties need to evolve their legal systems to respect each other's business practices. A fascinating podcast, "Marketing Against the Grain," hosted by Kip Bodner of HubSpot and Bryan Helmig of Zapier, offers valuable marketing insights and strategies to help businesses and marketers grow. In a recent episode, they discuss the co-pilot movement, which is revolutionizing marketing, and provide actionable tactics on how it's being implemented. This shift in marketing is seismic, and being prepared is crucial.

    • Technology Landscape: Staying Ahead of the CurveStay informed, embrace new marketing techniques, technologies, and business models, particularly open-source models, to succeed in today's dynamic business environment.

      The technological landscape is constantly evolving, and staying ahead of the curve requires continuous learning and adaptation. The discussion touched upon various topics, including search marketing techniques, the limitations of proprietary systems, and the potential of open-source models. Microsoft's efforts to eliminate piracy by requiring internet connectivity for Windows and Apple's use of gray patterns to encourage user engagement were highlighted as examples of the double-edged sword of capitalism. The standoff between the US and China over these nuances was also mentioned as a factor influencing the future of technology. Moreover, the potential of open-source models to move faster and adapt to changing regulations was emphasized. The example of language models being used to scrape information from websites, such as Crunchbase and LinkedIn, was given as a potential use case. The idea of integrating language models with existing subscription services, like Spotify and LinkedIn, was also explored as a way to enhance their functionality. In conclusion, the discussion underscores the importance of staying informed and being open to new marketing techniques, technologies, and business models. The potential of open-source models, particularly in the context of rapidly changing regulations, was highlighted as a key trend to watch. It's essential to continue learning and exploring new ideas to stay ahead of the curve and succeed in today's dynamic business environment.

    • Discussion on how AI models can enhance productivity and capabilities for tech companiesAdvanced AI models, both open-source and proprietary, can significantly boost productivity and capabilities for tech companies. Grok targets CTOs of large engineering teams, while Mistral offers a popular open-source model and a paid, functional one. Collaboration and innovation in the tech industry are crucial.

      Leveraging advanced AI models, both open-source and proprietary, can significantly enhance productivity and capabilities for tech companies. The team at Mistral, based in France, has gained recognition for their innovative approach, combining multiple experts in their seven-billion parameter model, Mixtral, which is popular in the open-source community. They have also released their paid, highly functional Mistral Large model, capable of writing code and solving complex mathematical problems. Grok, on the other hand, is a product aimed at CTOs of companies with over 100 engineers, and they plan to host a hackathon to attract potential users. To effectively target attendees, they intend to use LinkedIn to search for developers in AI, within the Bay Area or 50 miles, or those who have attended other hackathons. The team at Grok aims to have this functionality in under three months. The discussion also touched on the importance of open source in the tech industry and the potential benefits of companies sharing their models and innovations with the community. Overall, the conversation highlighted the significant impact AI models can have on productivity and the importance of collaboration and innovation in the tech industry.

    • Motivation remains a challenge in making educational content effectiveDespite the availability of free, high-quality educational content, motivating learners to engage remains a hurdle. AI-powered tutors, while promising, need to find ways to motivate users to effectively utilize them.

      While the new AI models are showing promising results in various applications, including education, it's important to note that motivation remains a significant challenge in making educational content effective. The models, such as Grock's, are receiving positive feedback and have been well-received by developers, with over 16,000 currently building on it. The ability to create applications quickly and with decent accuracy is a game-changer for education. However, despite the availability of free, high-quality educational content from institutions like MIT and Stanford, motivating people to engage with it remains a hurdle. AI-powered tutors, which are essentially free, are expected to drive down the cost of education and tutoring to zero. But to truly make a difference, finding ways to motivate learners to use these resources effectively is crucial.

    • Personalized learning through AIAI systems can motivate students by providing early success and customizing lessons based on individual interests and needs, revolutionizing education with student-centered approaches and experiential learning.

      The future of education lies in the combination of motivation and customization, as discussed in the conversation. This can be achieved through AI and intelligent computing systems that adapt to individual learners' interests and needs. For instance, an AI system could motivate students by providing early success and encouragement, using techniques like process of elimination on multiple choice tests, and customizing lessons based on students' favorite topics. This approach aligns with student-centered education philosophies like Reggio Emilia, which emphasizes self-guided curriculums and experiential learning. The use of AI in education could revolutionize the way we teach and learn, making education more engaging, effective, and accessible for all. The conversation also touched upon the potential of AI to create animated photos and songs, which could further enhance the learning experience. Overall, the future of education looks promising with the integration of AI and personalized learning.

    • Creating Believable AI Demos: Original Characters and Ethical ConsiderationsWhen creating AI demos, using original characters instead of famous people's likenesses can enhance believability. Ethical considerations, such as respecting people's rights to their likenesses, are crucial to maintain ethical standards in AI technology.

      As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, there's a potential for AI creations to become sentient beings with their own motivations and desires. However, creating convincing AI demos can be challenging. Using famous people or their likenesses in demos can make it harder for the audience to believe the authenticity, as we are already familiar with their voices and appearances. Instead, creating new, original characters can make the AI creations more believable. Additionally, there have been instances of individuals' likenesses being used without their consent in AI-generated ads, which raises ethical concerns. It's essential to respect people's rights to their likeness and avoid using it without proper authorization. The advancement of AI technology also opens up the possibility of creating deepfakes or AI-generated versions of famous people, such as Elon Musk, Tom Cruise, or Andrew Huberman. While these creations can be entertaining, they also highlight the importance of ethical considerations in the use of AI technology. In summary, as AI continues to evolve, it's crucial to consider the ethical implications of its use, particularly when it comes to creating sentient beings or using people's likenesses without their consent. Creating original AI characters can help maintain the believability of AI demos, while respecting people's rights to their likenesses is essential for maintaining ethical standards in AI technology.

    • Working with influencers or celebrities: A pricey marketing strategyCollaborating with influencers or celebrities for ad campaigns can cost a significant percentage of the ad spend, ranging from 10% to 30%.

      When it comes to working with influencers or celebrities for advertising campaigns, the cost can be significant. The influencer or celebrity may require a percentage of the ad spend, often ranging from 10% to 30%, depending on their fame and popularity. For instance, if a campaign costs $10 million, the influencer or celebrity might demand $1 million to $3 million for their involvement. This is a common practice in the industry, and some celebrities even demand large upfront payments, especially in markets where such practices are more accepted, like Asia. However, some influencers or celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, choose to create their own products and only charge for the cost of production or a reasonable fee, as they are directly involved in the product. Overall, working with influencers or celebrities can be an effective marketing strategy, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

    • Growing a social media network through manual following and unfollowingManually adding and unfollowing people on social media can help expand reach, but maintaining a manageable network with a good follower-to-following ratio is important for content reach.

      In the early days of social media, growing your network was a numbers game. Madra, in an attempt to expand his reach, had an intern manually follow and add thousands of people on platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. This strategy led to him amassing a large following, but now his team has to manually unfollow people to maintain a more manageable and meaningful network. The ratio of followers to following is important for the spread of tweets, and following too many people can hinder the reach of your content. Even high-profile figures like Obama and Elon Musk follow a large number of people. If you're interested in networking with investors and industry professionals, consider attending the Liquidity event in June at liquiditypod.com. However, be aware that there's a strict no-founders or service providers policy.

    • The intersection of technology, energy, and financeAmazon's nuclear data center trend signals efficiency and sustainability benefits of nuclear energy. LP function in Napa Valley offers opportunities for fund managers to learn essential LP relation management skills.

      The increasing demand for energy to power data centers and the shift towards AI technology is leading to a renewed interest in nuclear energy as a viable and sustainable solution. This is because nuclear energy is more efficient and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal or gas. Amazon's recent decision to build a data center near a nuclear power plant is a sign of this trend. Furthermore, the upcoming LP function in Napa Valley is an opportunity for fund managers to learn how to effectively manage LP relations, which is an essential part of being a successful fund manager. The event offers a mix of content, networking opportunities, and social activities, making it an attractive proposition for attendees. Overall, the intersection of technology, energy, and finance is creating new opportunities and challenges, and those who can navigate this landscape will be well-positioned for success.

    • Empowering developers leads to unexpected innovationsEngaging developers can lead to new features, functionalities, and a win-win situation for both the platform and the developers.

      Engaging developers can lead to innovative and unexpected outcomes. When developers have access to a platform, they are not only users but also creators. They push the boundaries, break the rules, and come up with ideas that the creators might not have thought of. This collaboration results in a win-win situation where the developers get to experiment and the platform benefits from the new features and functionalities. A recent example of this was a company that demoed their email assistant on the platform. After the demo, they reached out to express their gratitude and shared that they had signed up for the API and planned to use the garage. This full-circle moment highlights the power of developer engagement and the potential for mutually beneficial relationships. The opportunity to build and grow together with developers is an exciting prospect, and it's a privilege to provide a platform that enables this collaboration. As we continue to develop and expand our offerings, we look forward to welcoming more developers into our community and seeing the amazing things they create.

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    This Week in Startups
    en-usJune 17, 2024

    Lessons in Unreasonable Hospitality with Will Guidara | E1966

    Lessons in Unreasonable Hospitality with Will Guidara | E1966

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    (0:00) Will Guidara of Unreasonable Hospitality joins Jason.

    (3:44) Important premises from the book Unreasonable Hospitality and how it relates to all businesses including startups.

    (6:26) Will explains how it felt to see parts from his book appear on the hit show The Bear.

    (8:13) Iconic examples of hospitality and how it can turn customers into advocates for your brand.

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    (11:08) Powerful examples of going above and beyond for your customer.

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    (22:13) Jason shares an anecdote of how he helps others.

    (24:17) Will and Jason riff on interesting examples of unreasonable hospitality, including one that should exist for airplane passengers.

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    (32:12) A perspective shift that changes the value of call centers.

    (36:03) How the show The Bear lifted Will’s ‘NY street hotdog’ story and made it their own - leading to his involvement for future seasons.

    (40:21) Will feels that The Bear was able to craft and articulate his message spot on in one of their best episodes.

    (42:22) How to gain from the addictive personality traits in the restaurant business.

    (51:15) The “Chicken for Two” at the NoMad hotel.

    (53:31) Breaking down the state of tipping culture and how its removal from Eleven Madison Park was highly successful.

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    This Week in Startups
    en-usJune 14, 2024

    Inflation cools, how Waymo handled a crash, and the next startups to go public | E1965

    Inflation cools, how Waymo handled a crash, and the next startups to go public | E1965

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    https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/12/24175489/waymo-recall-telephone-poll-crash-phoenix-software-map

    https://techcrunch.com/2024/02/13/waymo-recall-crash-software-self-driving-cars/

    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/12/waymo-second-robotaxi-recall-autonomous-vehicle/

    https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/AAPL?qsearchterm=aapl

    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm

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    https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/fed-meeting-fomc-interest-rate-decision-cpi-inflation-june-2024/card/traders-firmly-expect-a-rate-cut-in-september-q8qGgjh8jorUx56RBpK8

    https://kalshi.com/markets/ratecutcount/number-of-rate-cuts#ratecutcount-24dec31

    https://www.cnbc.com/2024/06/12/fed-meeting-today-on-interest-rate.html

    https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/databricks

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    https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0001514587&owner=exclude&count=40&hidefilings=0

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    This Week in Startups
    en-usJune 12, 2024

    Apple’s WWDC 2024: Reactions, Highlights & Breakdowns with Jason and Alex | E1964

    Apple’s WWDC 2024: Reactions, Highlights & Breakdowns with Jason and Alex | E1964

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    (31:07) Discussing the relationships between OpenAI and Microsoft and now Apple.

    (34:44) More “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from Apple’s new Image Playground.

    (40:25) Jason breaks down other key announcements from WWDC 2024 including a password manager and Apple TV’s new “Insights”.

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    This Week in Startups
    en-usJune 11, 2024

    The state of seed, the first TWIST500 startups, and the impact of anonymous apps on society | E1963

    The state of seed, the first TWIST500 startups, and the impact of anonymous apps on society | E1963

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    (11:15) Attio - Head to https://attio.com/twist⁠ to get 15% off for your first year.

    (12:24) Concerns about the app "Fizz" and the use of anonymity in social media apps

    (19:14) The impact of anonymous apps on society, parenting concerns, and the responsibility of investors in harmful tech startups

    (23:16) The case for banning smartphones in schools

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    (31:35) The state of seed

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    (39:45) The variety of seed deals

    (45:13) How to leave and join a rival company legally

    (58:58) The first TWIST500 startups

    (1:05:48) Impact of AI on journalism and media companies

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    https://www.businessinsider.com/gen-z-fizz-app-anonymous-messaging-cyber-bullying-vermont-2024-6

    https://techcrunch.com/2023/08/10/insiders-bet-more-on-fizz-a-social-network-that-has-now-bubbled-up-at-80-college-campuses/

    https://x.com/JonHaidt/status/1799525595509850522

    https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/28/yik-yak-shuts-down-after-square-paid-1-million-for-its-engineers/

    https://x.com/Jason/status/1799868195899376014/photo/1

    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/07/y-combinator-yc-startups-tiny-seed-rounds-vc-investors-not-interested/

    https://x.com/dhh/status/1799427898652389827

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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahemerson/2024/06/07/buzzy-ai-search-engine-perplexity-is-directly-ripping-off-content-from-news-outlets/

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    This Week in Startups
    en-usJune 11, 2024

    Great Builders & Success First with Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe | E1962

    Great Builders & Success First with Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe | E1962

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    Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe joins Jason to discuss: the state of the business at Intercom and his return as CEO (8:33), the future of customer service with AI (24:28), what makes a great manager (59:36), and more!

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    This Week in Startups
    en-usJune 08, 2024

    Rising Above the Noise in Consumer VC with Kirsten Green of Forerunner | E1961

    Rising Above the Noise in Consumer VC with Kirsten Green of Forerunner | E1961

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    (0:00) Kirsten Green joins guest host Mark Suster.

    (2:49) Kirsten’s advice to stand out in consumer venture with only seven percent of VC dollars being allocated to consumer.

    (8:33) Forerunner’s framework on making investments.

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    (12:09) The value of searching for where businesses are missing the mark, and the “wow” factor of the Oura Ring.

    (16:28) How AI will change how consumer companies and applications are built

    (19:46) Oracle - Take a free test drive of OCI at https://www.oracle.com/twist.

    (20:50) The current state of the consumer search experience and the power of personalization that AI can bring.

    (24:16) The disruptive lesson from mobile and the next level of being context aware.

    (28:24) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://www.mercury.com

    (31:57) Forerunner Ventures lives within the intersection of invention and culture.

    (33:38) Cultural shifts that are investable.

    (36:36) The consumer shift from large to small screen.

    (40:42) The importance of the mix between direct and indirect revenue.

    (42:32) Discussing the relevance of “freemium”.

    (55:48) What the exit environment is like going forward.

    (1:02:55) What will it take to bring back the small and mid-cap market?

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