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After leaving Capital G, Google’s later-stage venture capital arm, in 2018, former vice president of growth Jaclyn Rice Nelson noticed the number of talented engineering colleagues who had also left tech giants like Google. Inspired by their desire for freedom, Rice Nelson founded Tribe AI, an AI consulting firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Tribe AI utilizes a network of freelance engineering talent to work on discrete AI projects and transitions. Their website states that they offer over 300 machine learning engineers, strategists, and data scientists to help companies unlock the full potential of AI.
Tribe AI was launched in 2019 and has experienced steady success. In the past six months, their workload has increased due to the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and the growing interest in generative AI across various industries.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Tribe AI’s CEO, Jaclyn Rice Nelson, discussed her background and the motivations behind founding Tribe AI. She highlighted the demand for data science, machine learning, and AI support in the market and the challenges faced by companies transitioning to becoming AI-focused. Rice Nelson saw an opportunity to create a fractional workforce that could provide specialized AI expertise to companies outside of traditional tech investments. Tribe AI aims to optimize talent and provide AI solutions and product delivery at scale.
The ongoing wave of investment in AI is seen as more profound than previous investments in Web3.0, crypto, and metaverse-type startups. Rice Nelson acknowledged the frenzy surrounding AI investments but noted that AI has been an established technology for a long time. The recent consumer attention and accelerated business adoption are driving the investment in AI. The pace of AI adoption into business is now faster than before, with an increasing number of viable use cases. Businesses are facing challenges in accessing talent and successfully implementing AI projects, similar to the issues encountered in the past.