By Albert Mao
Feb 7, 2024
I got a chance to sit down with Effy Zhang, CEO of Baserun. Below is an summary written by the VectorShift platform.
🚀 Top 5 Key Takeaways from Effy Zhang on the VectorShift podcast 🚀
1️⃣ Baserun's Genesis: Effy's experience with ML at Cruise spurred her interest in cutting-edge technology, leading to her founding Baserun. Her interest in how humans interact with tech inspires her to leverage her experience in ML and product design to create innovative solutions. 🛠
2️⃣ What is Baserun: It's a platform that guides teams through the process of productionizing AI applications, offering monitoring, testing, and evaluation. Baserun aims to be an end-to-end solution embracing the lifecycle of an AI application from conception to iteration. 🌐
3️⃣ AI-Specific Challenges: Zhang notes unique obstacles in AI app development, such as dealing with hallucinations (AI making up answers) and cost and latency in startups. She emphasizes that compared to traditional software, the unpredictability of AI makes monitoring essential. ⚠️
4️⃣ Monitoring Necessity: Monitoring should start as soon as an AI application reaches customers. It’s crucial for collecting high-quality data to improve model performance and for understanding unforeseen use-cases through user interactions. 📊
5️⃣ Integration and Workflow: Zhang stresses the importance of integrating tools for efficient workflows. Baserun focuses on creating cohesive user journeys, enabling systematic tracking and iteration of AI experiments, aiming to minimize context switching and improve collaboration among teams. 🔗
Watch the entire episode below!