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Future Unicorn #230: Fixie
Reimagining how software is developed using AI as a foundation
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Fixie is using AI to rethink how the world builds software systems. The building blocks of computing are shifting from complex, brittle, hand-coded services to flexible, general-purpose AI models that, given appropriate instructions, can perform a wide range of tasks.
They envision a future in which systems, composed of AI-powered agents, interact with people as well as each other using natural language and rich media. From this vision, they are building a new computing platform that aims to usher in a new era of software.
Since they’re still in stealth, there are no in-depth product notes this time.
Matt was the SVP of engineering at OctoML (2+ yrs) and a principal engineer at Xnor.ai (1 yr)
Hessam was the head of machine learning for Xnor.ai (<3 yrs)
Zach has worked in multiple startups the latest being a PM at Verbling (<2 yrs), an online language learning platform
Justin was a distinguished engineer at Clubhouse (1+ yrs)
Top company alumni
Matt was an engineer at Google (8+ yrs) and Apple (<1 yr)
Zach was a product lead at Google (6+ yrs) and Shopify (1+ yrs)
Justin was a distinguished engineer at Google (15 yrs) and was the chief architect at AOL (9+ yrs)
Top university alumni
Matt graduated from UC Berkeley (PhD) and Cornell University (BS)
Hessam graduated from University of Washington (PhD)
Signal Fire invested
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