Announcing the Alpha Release of Enterprise SaaS

Our Alpha marks the first phase towards introducing a self-service model to help data scientists everywhere have high quality data at their fingertips.   

Every company is finding itself thrust into a new era where data-driven decision-making and automation are key to scaled growth. While recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) powering everything from chatbots to personal assistants have helped consumers and enterprises realize the promise of what the technology might bring, we feel there’s plenty of room to improve.

At DefinedCrowd, we believe the key to improving the interaction between humans and machines is access to better data. Too many companies building AI and machine learning (ML) applications are hampered by poor quality data, resulting in inconsistent interactions, slow time to market and lack of language coverages. This results in a halt of innovation that creates poor user experiences.

Today’s announcement of our Alpha release of the Enterprise SaaS platform gets us one step closer to realizing the vision we’ve had since day one of starting DefinedCrowd: Helping all companies reduce cost and time to ship high quality machines through access to intelligent data.

In the alpha release of the Data-Science-as-a-Service platform, we focused our efforts in building intuitive and easy-to-use workflow templates based on our core domain expertise. Speech and Natural Language Processing (NLP). As the only data platform designed for data scientists by data scientist, the platform uses the power of ML and humans-in-the-loop (or crowd) to help enterprise data teams to collect, augment and structure high quality training data for AI and ML applications.

From the alpha release, we have two specific goals in mind:

  1. Expand the ways we help AI and ML application builders gain access to high quality data through a self-service model (while continuing the more hand-on approach we offer today)
  2. Invite a group of enterprises to bang away and give us feedback to improve/inform our Beta release

One of the big goals of DefinedCrowd is to help make machines smarter in a way that always puts humans at the center of the AI experience. The ability to naturally and effortlessly communicate with machines is paramount to realizing a truly human-centric interaction model. What we announced today is only a start to this exciting journey. Over the next several months, we’ll be shipping new sets of workflows to methodically chip away at the data problem. And if we do our job right, it should free up the AI builders to do what they do best – ship machines that understand us, naturally.

You can apply for a trial access here today!

 

Meet the DefinedCrowd Lisbon team

Lisbon, Portugal. A sunny and elegant city facing the wide Atlantic ocean, city of poets, fado singers and sailors. City of technology and innovation. This was the place DefinedCrowd chose to harbor its R&D team, right in downtown Lisboa, two steps from the Tejo river, in one of the most prestigious Startup incubators, Startup Lisboa. We’re proud to introduce our team in Lisbon (from left to right): João Freitas, our Director of Engineering, Sara Oliveira, UX designer and Marketing Manager and Daan Baldewijns, our PM and Linguist Lead.

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João is a PhD in Human-Computer Interactions, with 9+ years of experience in Speech at Microsoft. At work, João spends his time developing creative solutions that cross areas as diverse as speech recognition, machine learning and human-computer interaction. Beyond the technical work, he is also responsible for keeping everyone happy at the Portuguese office through a mix of dark chocolate, coffee and occasional juggling. In his free time João enjoys doing sports, like swimming, football, and recently scuba diving.

Sara is the youngest member of the team and never stops to amaze us by being incredibly talented and creative. Besides having to bear with the tech nerds in the Lisbon office, she maintains the brand unity and leads the marketing efforts for DefinedCrowd globally.

Daan is our most recent acquisition. He’s our Project Manager and Linguist Lead. Daan has been called both a tech and language nerd, attempted insults he now considers using as a slogan on his business card. 8 years of experience in speech and language technology, master in Germanic Languages and Artificial intelligence. When not reading, writing or otherwise interacting with the alphabet, he likes to play table tennis, pool, ride his motorcycle and retreat into the wildest nature he can find.

This is the team with whom we got used to start our mornings here in the Seattle office, the team who brings us the best platform in the world wrapped in a bit of the Atlantic breeze and the warmth of the Portuguese culture.

The team is growing and we’re hiring talented front-end developers. Applications are welcomed (please email us at: mail@definedcrowd.com).

 

Settling in Microsoft Ventures Seattle Office

It has been an very exciting week for @DefinedCrowd team! We settled in this gorgeous Microsoft Ventures Seattle office at Westlake and started this intense 4-month program immediately!

First week impression:

  • @MSFTVentures Seattle team is extremely supportive and knowledgeable. From customer acquisition strategy, to fundraising techniques, and marketing and PR. They are a well-rounded team! @hananl
  • Most of our cohort members from this batch are mature companies with great tractions and advanced technologies. Shout out to @Affinio  @agolo @clarifyio @theknomos @medwhatyou @OneBridgeSln @percolata_com @plexussupdates and @simmachines
  • Last but for sure not least is the collaborative culture here! Within the short 5 days, we have already received a good amount of questions and feedbacks to help us continue improve and grow!
3 months and 3 more weeks to go! We are looking forward to all the great connections and tips of growing into a successful business!

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DefinedCrowd Intelligent Data Platform for Speech and NLP

On behalf of the DefinedCrowd team, welcome!

Today, we are super excited to introduce the new DefinedCrowd Intelligent Data Platform for Speech and Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications! It is designed by our brilliant in-house Speech Data Scientists as an extension of enterprise data infrastructure for data training and modelling. The DefinedCrowd platform combines the modern Crowd-as-a-Service model with machine learning techniques to drive for higher quality, more transparent, and faster throughput for our Fortune 500 clients. For more information, please visit: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2094139.htm

Additionally, we are happy to share that DefinedCrowd has been accepted into Microsoft News_image2bVentures Accelerator Seattle for Spring 2016! We are looking forward to collaborating with Microsoft and its partners! Check it out at Microsoft Ventures Blog .