Former Apple engineers have secured $7.5 million in funding for a new data storage startup based in Seattle.

Former Apple engineers have secured $7.5 million in funding for a new data storage startup based in Seattle.

 Former Apple engineers have secured $7.5 million in funding for a new data storage startup based in Seattle.

trio of former Apple engineers is leading a new data storage platform for developers building machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

XetHub, a Seattle-based company, revealed its presence to the public on Monday and announced that it received $7.5 million in seed funding from Madrona Venture Group. The company is led by past executives of Turi, a machine-learning startup that was bought by Apple in 2016 for $200 million. Turi's founder Carlos Guestrin is offering his guidance to XetHub.

XetHub is designed to help developers create and integrate code for applications that feature machine learning capabilities. This is especially beneficial for teams that are working remotely. According to co-founder Rajat Arya, examples of intelligent applications could include product recommendations from Amazon, Gmail's auto-suggest email reply, and Apple's FaceID security system. He added that the use of artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly more common across businesses.

XetHub is hoping that their tool will enable businesses to become more efficient as they process more data.

Former Apple engineers have secured $7.5 million in funding for a new data storage startup based in Seattle.

Arya has identified the IA40 list which offers an overview of private companies that are utilizing AI-driven applications in their operations. XetHub is looking to target this growing market.

XetHub is intended to address challenges posed by legacy infrastructure and complex data workflows from a developer perspective, according to Madrona Managing Director Matt McIlwain in a statement.

XetHub is a web-based collaboration platform inspired by the Git open-source project and comparable to the popular commercial service, GitHub. The platform enables developers to upload their code to a secure repository, allowing them to track the progress of their projects and maintain completed ones. Launched in 2008, GitHub was acquired by Microsoft in 2018.

XetHub is a software development platform that enables machine learning developers to collaborate while also creating a record of any changes made to their data. It has the capacity to handle datasets of up to 1TB in size, with plans to increase that amount to 100TB in the coming years. A general release of the platform is expected later in 2023.

Yucheng Low is the CEO of the startup. He holds a PhD in machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University and previously worked at Turi as its chief architect for more than three years and as an engineer at Apple for five years. Arya has experience in technical sales, system software engineering, and has held positions at Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

Banerjee previously worked as a senior software architect at Apple and additionally co-founded TalentWorks, a Seattle-based job interviewing and matching startup. While at Apple, Banerjee led the Turi team, which worked with internal machine learning products.

The ML team was identified by the company and they sought to provide value quickly and to improve it iteratively. The first service they provided was a data product, which is the most popular offering used within Apple’s internal ML platform. Additionally, Shanku Niyogi, who is the vice president of product at Databricks and was previously the senior vice president of product at GitHub, is providing consultation to XetHub.

XetHub is launching today and has already attracted a significant number of signups through word of mouth. In the lead up to the launch, the company invited a select few companies from various industries to take part in a private beta. XetHub is intended mainly for medium-sized businesses and will be free to start, with usage-based pricing based on compute, data storage and data transfer needs.

When it comes to data storage platforms, developers have a range of options to choose from, such as Git LFS, Iterative.Ai, and DoltHub. XetHub is a new entrant in this space, and its aim is to improve data collaboration. According to Arya, it offers a unique approach compared to the other options available.

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