Human beings have proven themselves to be good at a ton of different things, and yet the greatest part of their arsenal is that tendency to grow on a consistent basis. This tendency, in particular, has allowed us to realize some really significant milestones, with technology appearing as a notable member of the stated group. The reason why technology has, right from the get-go, enjoyed an esteemed stature in our lives is centered upon its skill-set, which introduced us to all those possibilities that we couldn’t have imagined otherwise. However, the whole runner was also, at the same time, inspired by how we applied the stated skills in a real-world setting. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence, and consequentially, kickstarted a tech revolution. This revolution will go on to scale up our lives in every conceivable regard, but even after achieving so much, it will just continue bringing all the right goods to the table. The same has only turned more and more evident on the back of our recent progression, and a new funding does a lot to take it a step ahead.
Voxel51, a startup developing a platform to analyze unstructured data, such as images and videos, has successfully raised over $12.5 million in a Series A financing. Led by Drive Capital, the round saw further participation coming from the likes of Top Harvest, Shasta Ventures, eLab Ventures, and ID Ventures. According to certain reports, the company will use the newly-raised cash to develop its proprietary platform, while also bolstering its workforce from 12 to 26 employees by the end of 2022. Founded in 2018, the Michigan-based Voxel51 has spearheaded a massive charge to address this need for better software infrastructure so to support machine learning engineers and data scientists in visualizing, analyzing and understanding their data. An example of how the company has approached the stated cause is pretty apparent in its core product called FiftyOne, which as you can guess, is purposed around helping developers with visually analyzing and improving unstructured datasets across computer vision and machine learning use cases. Interestingly enough, the raise in question closely follows up on the launch of FiftyOne’s fully managed version, FiftyOneTeams. The stated version will bring enterprise-oriented features, such as the ability to search within image and video datasets stored in the cloud, share datasets with co-workers and create, and manage dataset versions.
At the moment, Voxel51’s original tool to analyze unstructured data has over 150,000 monthly active users, while the fully managed version has “a half-dozen” Fortune 500 companies and “dozens” of startup paying customers, namely in the automotive, retail, security and robotics industries.
“Leveraging unstructured and visual data is a significant challenge. Although we’ve seen recent wins in the transition of capabilities from the lab to production, such as those in ADAS, there remains a difficulty in bringing computer vision capabilities into production,” said Jason Corse, CEO and founder of Voxel51. “[Voxel51] doesn’t simply find the right data to train a model from, but verifies that said data will train your model to do the thing you actually want it to do.”