Ep 136: Why so many AI startups will die
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As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) has captured the attention of the business world. AI startups, in particular, have witnessed an unprecedented surge in recent years, with the promise of leveraging generative AI to revolutionize various industries. However, beneath the surface lies a complex playing field that calls for careful consideration and strategic decision-making. In this article, we delve into the challenges faced by AI startups, particularly in the era of generative AI, shedding light on the factors that can make or break their success.
The Rise and Replication of Generative AI:
The advent of generative AI has been a significant catalyst for the boom in AI startups. This technology, often powered by transformative models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, has driven innovation and transformed industries by automating tasks and generating content at an unparalleled pace.
However, one of the key challenges facing AI startups today is the innovation lag caused by the replication of successful models. Many startups opt to adopt existing AI frameworks, adding a few features to create their product rather than developing wholly unique solutions. This replication culture has stunted true innovation and led to an oversaturation of similar offerings in the market.
The Role of VC Funding and Skyrocketing Valuations:
With the proliferation of generative AI, venture capital (VC) firms have rushed to invest in AI startups, further fueling their rapid growth. As a result, the median pre-money valuation for generative AI companies has skyrocketed in recent years. The eagerness of VC firms to be part of the AI revolution, however, has inadvertently contributed to inflated valuations and an oversaturation of funding in the AI startup space.
The Disjointed Nature of Generative AI Tools:
Another challenge AI startups face is the disjointed nature of the generative AI tools they rely on. Companies often find themselves juggling multiple tools to accomplish specific tasks. While tools like ChatGPT, Cloud, Mid Journey, Runway, Pica, and Canva offer diverse capabilities, their combined usage can lead to inefficiencies and decreased productivity.
The Disruption Brought by Big Tech:
The influence of big tech players cannot be ignored when considering the challenges faced by AI startups. Updates and features rolled out by companies like OpenAI and Microsoft have a profound impact on the startup ecosystem. For instance, OpenAI’s recent introduction of an “All Tools” mode in ChatGPT combines multiple functionalities into one, rendering some startups less relevant. Furthermore, the impending arrival of Microsoft 365 Copilot, a generative AI functionality in Office 365 programs, is expected to bring significant changes and potential disruptions across various industries.
The Importance of a Unique Selling Proposition:
In a crowded marketplace, having a unique selling proposition (USP) is vital for AI startups. Simply adding features to existing AI models is no longer enough to stand out from the competition. Startups must demonstrate how their offerings bring added value, address real-world problems, and solve unmet needs. Failing to establish a compelling USP significantly increases the risk of failure.
While the field of AI startups in the era of generative AI holds immense promise, it is not without its challenges. The replication of successful models, an abundance of funding, and the disruptive capabilities of big tech giants are all factors that play a role in the fate of AI startups. To navigate this landscape successfully, startups must focus on creating unique and valuable solutions that address real-world problems. By embracing innovation, strategic decision-making, and a relentless pursuit of differentiation, AI startups can carve out their space and thrive amidst the ever-evolving world of artificial intelligence.
Topics Covered in This Episode
Jordan Wilson [00:00:15]:
So many AI startups are going to die. They’re going to fail. They’re going to run out of money, they’re going to get squashed, they’re going to become obsolete. Jarring maybe. But this is a fact.
Jordan Wilson [00:00:34]:
This is the future. And I’ll tell you why on today’s episode of Everyday AI. Thanks for joining. My name is Jordan Wilson and everyday AI is for you. It is your Daily Livestream podcast and free daily newsletter helping everyday people like you and me keep up with what’s going on in the world of generative AI, how we can use it to grow our companies, grow our business, just become generally more awesome. So FYI, this show is debuting live, but technically pre recorded. I think it was too many people accused me of being an AI robot from working too much, so I had to take a day or two off to prove to you all that I’m actually human. But don’t worry, live Stream audience if you’re joining me, thank you.
Jordan Wilson [00:01:17]:
I’ll still be in the comments chatting with you, taking your questions, responding to your comments, so let me know what you think. Are AI startups going to die? And also, if you’re joining us on the podcast, thank you as always, please check out the show notes. We have so many more resources in there for you. Related Episodes how to subscribe to the free daily newsletter which you should be doing and more. And hey, just as a reminder, go to your everydayai.com. You didn’t miss out on today’s Daily News. Don’t worry, we’re still going to be putting out the newsletter so you can keep up with what’s bing on. But today I’m coming with some hot takes.
The rise of AI startups
Jordan Wilson [00:02:00]:
Come with some hot takes. I hope you all don’t mind because I’ve noticed something over the past couple of years and I wanted to talk about it because it’s actually becoming easier and easier to create a startup, which is not a bad thing. But there are two sides to that coin. Because what’s happened is startups that are trying to play in the field of generative AI are growing faster than ever before. And it seems like innovation has slowly started to die off because it’s become a boring game of follow the leader. Everyone’s trying to just take cues from ChatGPT from Mid Journey, from Runway, from Google, Bard from Microsoft, and guess what? You can’t always compete with the tech giants. That’s one of the reasons why so many AI startups will die. And it’s already happening and it’s going to continue to happen and it’s actually going to ramp up.
Jordan Wilson [00:03:08]:
As we wrap up 2023 and head into 2024, expect to see a lot of this in the news if you follow startups even in our daily newsletter. I’m sure there’s going to be stories that these AI startups that did not really carve out a niche, that did not build a sustainable, purposeful product, they’re going to fall by the wayside, just like Nats that are being swatted out of the air. All right, but this isn’t just a hot take. I got some facts. So let’s talk a little bit about why I am so confident that so many AI startups are going to die. But what do you think? Let me know if you’re joining us live. Am I off base here? And here’s the thing, I feel bad because, hey, a lot of even people in our everyday AI community are creating AI startups. So this isn’t a shot at anyone in particular or any company in particular, but I think it’s a sign of reality.
Jordan Wilson [00:04:14]:
But I hope it’s also some guidance, right? Because we all have to see the writing on the wall. All right, so here’s what we’re going to go over in today’s episode of everyday AI. We’re going to talk a little bit about the influx of AI startups and funding. We’re going to dive into a little bit the lack of USP for startups or unique selling proposition. And then last but not least, we’re going to talk about how feature and product updates from big companies are affecting this AI startup landscape. All right? So first, even before we get into this very structured overview, and if you are joining on the podcast, I’m going to be sharing some things on my screen. But don’t worry, I’m going to try my best to go ahead and describe everything to you. But always check out those show notes.
Jordan Wilson [00:05:09]:
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Jordan Wilson [00:05:33]:
So let’s dive into it. So this is important. This is important. So I have a graph on my screen here that shows kind of the average generative AI pre money valuation for different startups. All right, we don’t need to get into the technicalities of this, but this is according to PitchBook Data, and it’s a graph put together by Fortune magazine. Okay? So according to PitchBook Data, the median pre money valuation for generative AI companies has risen to $90 million in 2023, up from $42.5 million in 2022 and about $10 million in 2020. What’s that mean? Okay, it means a lot of things, Hype. Too much money in this space and not good enough startups.
Jordan Wilson [00:06:33]:
Yeah, I’m going there. Sorry, I’m feeling spicy. I’m feeling like old man Wilson on the front porch shaking his fist at these young startup founders, saying, Why? Okay, well, I’ll tell you why? Because the money, right? This isn’t just geared towards startup founders, maybe, who aren’t creating a unique or future proof enough product. It’s also at the VC industry and private equity. And you’ll see here on this chart, right, the fact let me just go over the last three and a half years, okay? And when we talk about pre money valuation, that’s essentially like, hey, startup that hasn’t risen any money, let’s look at your company top to bottom and we’re going to slap a value on it, right? And there’s obviously startups valued at a billion dollars, that unicorn status. And there’s startups valued in the generative AI space at many hundreds of millions of dollars. But this is median, right? So this also takes into account all those startups that don’t really have any valuation, okay? Ten X. Ten X, that is, in about three short years, how much the median valuation of generative AI companies has gone up.
Explosive growth in VC funding for AI
Jordan Wilson [00:08:01]:
I chuckle at the end because it’s hilariously telling of what’s wrong with this industry, right? There’s no other space when you talk about VC funding, so funding from venture capitalists or private equity, there’s no other industries that explode ten X over the course of under three years. That’s unheard of. So what that means is the floor is built on paper thin material, all right? It’s going to drop. It’s going to drop quickly. Why this giant? This giant ramp, I’ll tell you. And you can probably guess the exploding popularity of OpenAI, specifically ChatGPT, right? So the biggest jump on this chart obviously comes from 2020 to 2021. So guess what happened during that time? That’s when the GPT technology was made available to third party companies, right? So what that means is OpenAI’s large language model that they had been working on, I believe, since 2015 in various iterations. But when it got to GPT-3 and it was released to the public via their API, you had a host of a ton of companies in late 2020 and early 2021 using the GPT technology to create products, right? And this is, again, keep in mind, this is before ChatGPT.
Jordan Wilson [00:09:42]:
So as that started to happen, this whole generative AI kind of startup scene started to explode, right? And then you see the biggest jump. The biggest jump, yes. There was the jump from 2020, which was about $10 million average or, sorry, median valuation. So 2020 to 2021, 2022, about the same, right? Around 40 million. Okay, big jump, bing jump from ten to 40, but then it skyrockets. It skyrockets to about 90 million. Right after that. Obviously, that is because the release of ChatGPT, and as much as I love ChatGPT, and again, I say this all the time, I think ChatGPT with plugins is the most untapped business tool out there, bar none.
Jordan Wilson [00:10:37]:
If you aren’t using ChatGPT with plugins, if you aren’t exploring plugin packs, which is stacking different plugins, y’all, I’ve done it live on this show before with different plugin packs that we’ve built for ourselves and others. Literally can accomplish what used to take 30, 40, 50 hours with the press of one button. Extremely powerful. However, investors, startup, founders, family offices, private equity, they all saw, they all saw this happen in late 2022. And ChatGPT, literally, it didn’t just change the business landscape, it changed the world. And it continues to, right? And now we have large language models popping up everywhere. The big consulting firms are creating their own, financial institutions are creating their own. Now we live in this world of generative AI where I think, and I’m fairly confident it to be true, that generative AI will be exponentially more powerful and more impactful than the internet itself.
AI startup explosion fueled by money influx
Jordan Wilson [00:11:42]:
Check the show notes. I’ve actually done a whole episode on that, backed by data, backed by facts from consulting companies themselves that have done these large scale studies. So why this huge explosion? Money, right? Everyone saw the popularity of ChatGPT and they said, oh, let’s build the next thing. And then the generative AI craze started and like I opened the show with it’s actually ironic, that how easy it became to create a simple startup by, as an example, tapping into OpenAI’s API, right? So you can essentially use their technology, you pay them for it, but you can use their technology. Add a couple bells and whistles, throw on an interface and people call it a product. And that is probably the biggest problem and the biggest reason why so many AI startups will die. Let’s keep going. So let’s talk a little bit more about this influx of AI startups and this influx of funding.
Jordan Wilson [00:13:05]:
All right, so this year, and this year is not over 2023, so it’s going to go up. There’s been more than according to Exploding Topics study, they did more than 10,000 AI startups that were launched globally this year so far. That’s too many. Y’all, don’t get me wrong, don’t get me wrong. I love these gen AI products. I love them, right? Like I said, our team started using these late 2020, early 2021, all these different essentially wrappers, right, where small startups, SaaS companies tap into a bigger company’s API. Most of them, many of them, if they’re creating GPT tools, are using OpenAIS. Some companies are using others.
Startups using someone else’s technology will fail
Jordan Wilson [00:13:51]:
I know Anthropic Cloud has done this as well. But so many of these AI startups are essentially just using someone else’s technology, putting an interface on it, maybe a feature or two here or there, and maybe tailoring it to one certain group, one certain niche, one certain vertical. I have news for you. Startup founders and VCs and private equity peep investing in these startups, you all are going to lose it all, okay? And I’m going to tell you why. But if you did not build an actual company, if you just built a product based around a feature, hey, this is Jordan, the host of everyday AI. I’ve spent more than a thousand hours inside ChatGPT and I’m sharing all of my secrets in our free Prime Prompt polish ChatGPT course that’s only available to loyal listeners like you. Check out what Mike, a freelance marketer, said about the PPP course. I just got out of Jordan’s webinar.
Jordan Wilson [00:15:10]:
It was incredible. Huge value. It’s live, so you get your questions answered. Pretty stoked on it. It’s an incredible resource, pretty much everything’s free. I would gladly pay for a lot of the stuff that Jordan’s putting out, so if you’re wondering whether you should join the webinar, just make the time to do it. It’s totally worth it. Everyone’s prompting wrong.
Jordan Wilson [00:15:28]:
And the PPP course, fixes that. If you want access, go to Podpp.com. Again. That’s ppp.com. Sign up for the free course and start putting ChatGPT to work for you. Your days are numbered. And again, not saying chat to be mean, I’m saying it hopefully to motivate some of you listening. Or, hey, if you have a couple startup founder friends in your life, make sure to send this to them, right? If you’re listening on the podcast, you click like, two buttons and you can text this.
Build actual products, solve problems, forget money
Jordan Wilson [00:16:07]:
If you’re listening on Live, on LinkedIn, YouTube, whatever, send someone the link, tag them in the comments and let them know you need to be building an actual product that solves problems, not using someone else’s technology and adding some new features or a better interface, right? It’s important. All right, let’s look at this next stat on the screen here. So this is from Yahoo finance, but degenerative AI market potential is predicted to reach almost $100 billion by 2026. So everyone sees the money? Everyone sees the money, but they forget the method. All right, last but not least, AI startups saw a 50% increase in funding in 2023. We already kind of showed that on the first chart. And this is despite the overall decline in tech startup funding. Again, there’s another side to this story as well.
Jordan Wilson [00:17:18]:
Everyone’s investing in generative AI, which has caused two things to happen. Number one, great tech startups. That said, you know what, we don’t need generative AI in our product. They’re not getting funded when they should, okay? Because a lot of these VC firms are just chasing are just chasing anything with generative AI in it. So that’s problem number one. Problem number two, at least when it comes to kind of this angle of startups, is you have startups just trying to force generative AI into their product, their service, their offerings, when it doesn’t need to be there. All right? We don’t need LLMs and gen AI and AI art in every single product we use. We don’t.
Jordan Wilson [00:18:10]:
Is it cool? Sure. Do you need it? No. Right, so I think that this is problematic and we’re going to see a slow demise over the next couple of quarters here. Of these VC companies, private equity family offices, whoever, aren’t going to be getting their usual returns that they’re used to getting from tech companies, startups SaaS companies, whatever. I’m going to tell you why here in a couple of minutes and it’s going to change. We are going to have a whiplash effect of gen AI startups popping up every minute, these VCs and everyone else throwing more money at them faster than a Major League Baseball fastball. That’s what’s happening. That’s what’s happening.
Jordan Wilson [00:19:07]:
People are throwing money around. It’s like, oh, you’re ex Google, X, Meta, and you’re coming together and you’re creating a large language model. Take all of our money, we don’t need to know anything. Literally, there are companies out there that have done pretty much that without even a working product, right? It’s just hey, I’m x this company. X this company. X this company. A group of three of us coming together who have worked at big companies. I’m not going to name names, but this literally happened and they’re saying, we don’t have a product yet, but we have a great idea.
Jordan Wilson [00:19:39]:
We’re going to create a large language model, gen AI buzzword, buzzword, buzzword, raising tens of millions, hundreds of millions of dollars on a promise, not a product. All right, let’s keep going. Why so many startups? So many AI startups will die. Lack of USP, lack of unique selling proposition, okay? If you are not uniquely better than the rest, you will be put to the test and you will probably fail the test. Okay? I didn’t mean to rhyme there. It just happens. You put a mic in front of me, I might rhyme. But let’s look at this high failure rate.
Jordan Wilson [00:20:28]:
So this is from startup stash, but showed that nine of ten AI startups will fail within the first five years, all right? Which means many of them will fail way before that. But all these startups that popped up, 2020, 2021, you’re already starting to see them drop because there’s too many, there’s too many options, too many competitors, right? I’ve mentioned this already and I’ll mention it again. Even just if you look at GPT, the GPT technology made available through OpenAI’s API, so you can tap into OpenAI’s large language model, GPT Four. Literally, people do this where they do a YouTube video and they build something live in a couple of hours, right? And you can have a working AI startup in a weekend. That is actually good, right? Because of now how easy it is to code and to develop with these AI tools that help you do this, right? But so many of them are going to fail because there’s too many of them now. I’ve lost track. I’ve used more than 70 GPT wrappers. So these different, essentially, GPT writing tools, they have different interfaces, different features.
Why startups fail
Jordan Wilson [00:21:50]:
I’ve lost track. It’s probably 100, but I’ve extensively tried so many over the last three years and you’ve already seen mass layoffs at some of these companies that were able to raise tens of millions of dollars early on because the competition got stiff. And the biggest reason is coming up. But I’ll tell you about that, all right? Another reason for failure, lack of data, the inability to compete with big tech and not addressing a real world problem. That’s the biggest thing. Are you building a product service or software with a unique selling proposition around a real world problem? Or are you just tapping into buzzwords and putting your own logo on it and your own interface? That’s not addressing a real world problem. And then last, but probably most important, the overarching problem is that many startups are building on top of existing AI models without adding significant value. All right? And then what happens, which is our last point here, but then what happens when you’re building on top of those models and those companies then release updates and features themselves? And I think we’re going to talk specifically about two big companies, because that’s what we’re going to see.
Jordan Wilson [00:23:30]:
That’s what we’re going to see. Hey, this is Jordan, the host of everyday AI. I’ve spent more than a thousand hours inside ChatGPT and I’m sharing all of my secrets in our free prime prompt polish ChatGPT course that’s only available to loyal listeners like you. Listen to what Lewis, a business owner, said about the PPP course. I can tell you that when I went in, I understood a little bit about ChatGPT. I understood some of the stuff, I was able to use some of the prompts. But what I discovered going through Jordan’s webinar was that there is so much more I don’t understand that ChatGPT can do, and I really should be using it. And if anything, I got that from the webinar.
Jordan Wilson [00:24:16]:
I would highly recommend this to anybody from Beginner to Advanced. You will absolutely learn something from this experience. Everyone’s prompting wrong and the PPP course, fixes that. If you want access, go to Podpp.com. Again, that’s podpp.com. Sign up for the free course and start putting ChatGPT to work for you. Let’s look at one example. So I have shared on my screen now a screenshot that was shared on Twitter.
ChatGPT’s new mode, All Tools
Jordan Wilson [00:24:52]:
So I had an episode about this earlier this week, so make sure you go check that out on kind of the future of ChatGPT. But hopefully this is an example here. So, again, this was shared on Twitter from the user Brian McNaulty. Hopefully I got your name right, Brian, but when we talk about how even just ChatGPT is changing, so there is this new mode that was announced and presumably it will be rolling out to most users here soon, essentially called the All Tools model or mode. And that’s when actually, let me just walk through chat Brian shared in this screenshot. So presumably he got early access, took some screenshots. I know there’s been dozens of people that have taken screenshots, shared videos of this new All Tools mode previously. And again, go listen to my ChatGPT episode I just did about the future of ChatGPT.
Jordan Wilson [00:26:00]:
But previously you had to work in all these different modes to take advantage of the different features and functionality of OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Okay? Dolly, the AI image generation was in its own mode, kind of the Vision GPT four V, which a lot of people called that was in the default mode. So if you uploaded a photo or something like that, you would have to go in that mode. And then you had Advanced Data Analysis, formerly called code interpreter, which is essentially advanced computation, uploading spreadsheets, data visualization, things like that. And then you also had browse with Bing, which is the ability to query the internet. I’m not a big fan of that mode. I’d much rather use plugins, but have an episode on that. Go dive in.
Jordan Wilson [00:26:47]:
So those were different modes. Right. So GPT vision was in default. Then you had Dali. Okay? Then you had Advanced Data me. And then you had browse with Bing. That’s four different modes. Now those four modes are brought into one.
Why ChatGPT will take over
Jordan Wilson [00:27:10]:
Okay, why does that matter in the context of today’s conversation? So, like in Brian’s example here, he uploaded an image, it looks like, of some sushi. And this is all in one mode now because it used to be different modes. And he said to ChatGPT to presumably the All Tools mode, can you generate an image similar to this one, but with more? So then the dolly within this mode created a very nice looking photo, by the way, of a more robust plate of sushi. Okay? And then Brian, according to his screenshot, says thanks. Now, can you list each of the food items in the generated image and place them in a row of a new CSV with the following columns? Food name, calories, protein, fat, carbs. Right? And then ChatGPT does it. So this is an example of the future of ChatGPT in multimodality, right? So when you can input not just text, but you can input images and voice, right? This example doesn’t show voice, but it’s live right now on the ChatGPT app, where you can talk to ChatGPT with your voice. So why does this matter? And what does it have to do with startups dying and failing? Well, even what we just showed here, this little example of uploading an image, uploading a PDF, kind of this multimodality, there are already hundreds of startups that over the past 18 months, I’d say, that have made a certain step in this process that I just described, their core value, right? There’s countless different startups that all they really did is tapped into OpenAI’s API and you can upload a PDF.
Jordan Wilson [00:29:08]:
Guess what? Most of those are going to die. Many of them, I’m sure, or they’re going to have to develop an actual USP, right? And not a feature, right? Are we getting it now? So, like, just a couple of these updates from ChatGPT from one company made dozens or maybe hundreds of startups, I’m not going to say useless, but not very useful anymore. Are you still going to pay a couple of dollars a month for that program that allowed you to upload PDFs and talk with them? I don’t think so. I really don’t think so. Why would you? Right? Unless they offer some sort of additional functionality. I’m pretty sure I even have one or two of them that I paid for myself. Don’t need those anymore. Unless they solve a real world problem, not just offer a feature or an interface.
Jordan Wilson [00:30:23]:
All right, so let’s go into this a little bit more. So this is why so many startups are going to die. Because of feature and product updates from big companies. So we just talked about ChatGPT updates. As an example, the introduction of PDF analysis, automated tool shifting, which is huge in the all tools mode, and combining those different abilities into just the one mode. That right there devastated so many gen AI startups. And I’m sure they’re already hopefully working, hopefully working on building new features, new functionality, if that was their sole USP. Right? And then the big one also very timely because already rolling out this week, microsoft 365 Copilot.
Jordan Wilson [00:31:14]:
Right? I’m going to try to check myself and I’m putting myself on the clock. I’m going to talk about this for 1 minute. Microsoft 365 Copilot is going to change the way the world works. I’ve done multiple episodes just on this and I don’t think people fully realize, yes, there will be a learning curve. Yes, it’s going to be a slow rollout. It’s starting this week with enterprise companies who opt in to paying the, I believe, $30 per user per month. But essentially it’s this. If you haven’t heard a single thing or if you want to know, okay, why will this Microsoft 365 Copilot kill startups? Well, it’s bringing generative AI functionality across the board, across mediums to the desktop, which has not yet happened.
Microsoft 365 Copilot will be disruptive
Jordan Wilson [00:32:07]:
All right? All of generative AI right now is so disjointed. It’s so disjointed, right? So many, even myself, right? I’m using ChatGPT, I’m using Cloud, I’m using Mid Journey, I’m using Runway, I’m using Pica, I’m using so many Canva, I’m using so many different generative AI tools and they’re all over the place. Microsoft 365 Copilot brings generative AI to your desktop, to all of those Office 365 programs, your email, your Excel docs, your Word docs, your PowerPoint presentations, your teams meetings, right? Your team’s meetings. Again, there’s probably at least 100 AI startups or more that are just, hey, we record your meetings and transcribe them for you using AI, which essentially a lot of them are just using Whisper from OpenAI, kind of tapping into that API. So guess what’s going to happen once this rollout and the learning curve for Microsoft 365, and once it becomes more commercially available to individual users, guess what’s going to happen then? We’re going to see another wave of AI startups, generative AI startups fall. Okay, I didn’t want this, y’all, and let me know. What do you think if you’re joining us live, what do you think I want to know? Leave me a comment, leave me a question. Am I off base here? One thing Chat I really want to emphasize is I don’t say these things lightly, right? And if you’re listening on the podcast, all of you that tune in live, you can see my age, you can see the gray hair there, right? I’ve been getting paid to write for 20 years.
Jordan Wilson [00:34:15]:
I’ve been designing websites for 25 plus I’ve worked with dozens of companies, big small startups, helping them develop digital strategies, teaching them generative AI. So I’m not a 20 year old crypto bro trying to push some generative AI or say this or say that. These shows, as you hopefully have heard, as you’ve seen, as I share my screen, they are well researched, okay? I’m not just throwing out my opinions and my feelings, but I don’t want this to be a pessimistic episode, but I want this too. If you’re listening to this, number one, if you found value, please share it with someone. Share this podcast, tag them in the comments, shoot the link over to someone that you know that works at a startup or in venture capital, private equity, family office, whatever. Because this industry, this crossover between generative AI startups and the funding it needs to be reexamined. We may not see it yet, but it’s broken. We’ll see it eventually, right? I think as ChatGPT Enterprise gets rolled out and people get acclimated, as Microsoft 365 Copilot gets rolled out, people find the value in that and y’all, we haven’t even talked about it.
Jordan Wilson [00:35:57]:
People are pumping hundred million dollars and more into Anthropic cloud, okay? Google. Google. I’m sure once they release their updated large language model Gemini into Google Bard, their chat, and once they get it working I’m not throwing shade at Google, it’s just I don’t know, google Bard’s not very helpful for me right now. It doesn’t work very well. But think these big companies, they’re going to make acquisitions, they’re going to be investing in their systems and then you’re going to have hundreds or thousands of startups left scrambling. We’re still early, right? Consider this the warning, the call to action VCs peeps. Be smart about what you invest in, who you invest in. Don’t just invest in a bunch of startups that are just rappers, that are just slapping an interface and a small feature inside OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Jordan Wilson [00:37:10]:
You also need to learn how to speak the language. I’ve seen so many terrible investments into companies that have already failed and I called it at the. Time I said this is a rapper. Someone’s putting a sticker on this thing, calling it a startup and raising tens of millions of dollars. You need to do more due diligence on the IP. Do they have their own IP? What happens startup founder when OpenAI releases this feature that you’re building a product on? What happens startup Founder when Google acquires your biggest competitor and they create a conglomerate that is unstoppable. Okay? And then, hey, VC company, private equity. I might ruffle some feathers here.
Invest in companies, not just features
Jordan Wilson [00:38:02]:
Why do you continue to invest tens of millions of dollars into features, not companies? We need to collectively figure this out because I love generative AI, I want these companies to succeed again. I don’t want your startup to fail. AI startup Founder I don’t want your investment to go to waste. Venture capital Firm but if we aren’t smart and look into the future, that is what is going to happen. We are focused on the past. We’re only looking at money when we’re building these things. We’re saying, oh, look what OpenAI did. 100 million users in three weeks or whatever it was.
Jordan Wilson [00:38:46]:
Oh, look at the valuation of Mid Journey. We need 50 more of these. No, we don’t. No, we don’t build unique products and companies, not features. All right, old man Jordan’s getting off his front porch and reminding you. Please go to your everydayai.com sign up for the free daily newsletter. We’re going to recap today’s episode and you didn’t miss out on the AI news. Don’t worry about it.
Jordan Wilson [00:39:14]:
We got it coming in the newsletter here in like 2 hours. I’ll be in the comments too. Let me know are my hot takes off. Do you agree? Are you going to come back? I hope you come back. Thanks for tuning in and I hope to see you back on another episode of Everyday AI. Thanks y’all. And that’s a wrap for today’s edition of Everyday AI. Thanks for joining us.