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Miles Grimshaw: Benchmark, LangChain, and Investing in AI
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Miles Grimshaw: Benchmark, LangChain, and Investing in AI

On investing in AI through the deep learning decade, Benchmark's LangChain investment, and emerging opportunities for AI.
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In episode 90 of The Gradient Podcast, Daniel Bashir speaks to Miles Grimshaw.

Miles is General Partner at Benchmark. He was previously a General Partner at Thrive Capital, where he helped the firm raise its fourth and fifth funds, and sourced deals in Lattice, Mapbox, Benchling, and Airtable, among others.

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Outline:

  • (00:00) Intro

  • (02:48) Miles’ background (note: Miles is now the second newest GP at Benchmark)

  • (06:07) Miles’ investment philosophy and previous investments

  • (12:25) Investing in the “decade of deep learning” and how Miles became interested in AI

  • (18:53) Miles’ / Benchmark’s investment in Langchain

  • (24:29) On AI advances and adoption

  • (39:25) Hardware shortages, radically changing UX for LLMs

  • (48:12) Opportunities for AI applications in new domains

  • (50:15) Miles’ advice for potential founders in AI

  • (1:00:00) Outro

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