Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show where we niche down to a single topic and dig deep.
This week we had a very special guest on the podcast: Matthew Lynley. Long-time listeners will recall that Lynley was in fact one of the founding hosts of Equity, and a former TechCruncher to boot. Since those days, Lynley went off and had a number of gigs before branching out and starting his very own AI-focused publication called Supervised.
As a day-one subscriber of Supervised, and someone who texts Lynley all the time for input on AI topics, I decided to bring him back to the show and ask him questions in a format where we can all learn together. Here’s what we got into:
- From Transformers to GPT4: How attention became so critical inside of neural networks, and how transformers set the path for modern AI services.
- Recent acquisitions in the AI space, and what it means for the “LLM stack:” With Databricks buying MosaicML and Snowflake already busy with its own checkbook, a lot of folks are working to build out a full-stack LLM data extravaganza. We talked about what that means.
- Where startups sit in the current AI race: While it’s great to think about the majors, we also need to know what the startup angle is. The answer? It’s a little early to say, but what is clear is that startups are taking some big swings at the industry and are hellbent to snag a piece of the pie.
Woot, and thanks to everyone for hanging out with us. Equity is back on Friday for our weekly news roundup!
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