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London-based Klu raises $1.7M to let businesses build their own AI apps

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Klu, a London and San Francisco-based large language model (LLM) platform has raised $1.7 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by firstminute capital known for investing in Lindus Health and

It also saw participation from top venture capital firms, including a16z, Sequoia Capital, Craft Ventures, and Atomico also participated alongside angel investors from Superhuman, IBM, Productboard, and other leading technology companies.

The capital will fuel Klu’s mission to power the rapid emergence of dedicated AI engineers and teams across organisations.

Businesses can build AI apps

Founded in 2022 by Stephen M. Walker II and Stefan Sabev, Klu offers a suite of integrated products enabling companies to quickly go from idea to optimised LLM-powered features built on large language models like GPT-4.

Klu overcomes these hurdles through products like Klu Studio for quick prototyping, Klu Engine for accessing leading AI models like GPT-4 and Llama 2, Klu Eval for running AI-powered evals on new iterations, and Klu Optimise for leveraging real-world usage data to continually improve outputs with fine-tuning.

The company has optimised its solution to let any business deploy, observe, and optimise their own AI apps in under 10 minutes. Typically, this process would take months or quarters when building internal ops systems.

Klu supports all major LLM providers, including OpenAI, Azure Openai, GCP Vertex, AWS Bedrock while also offering seamless connections to data sources, including 24 file types. Customers can effortlessly integrate their Klu-created LLM apps with various partners, including Salesforce, Atlassian, Supabase, Asana, Intercom, Zendesk, Slack, Notion, and Google.

Klu has been serving over 500,000 requests weekly, experiencing an impressive average weekly growth rate of 10%. Klu, which has offices in London and San Francisco.

“We are thrilled to back Klu as they enable the next generation of AI-powered software. With Klu, knowledge workers can spin up AI-based internal workflows to automate repetitive tasks and embed AI workflows into their products for customers to experience. This is a major product challenge which is why Stephen and Stefan with their prior roles at Productboard and Skyscanner are the right duo to solve this problem,” said Sam Endacott of Firstminute Capital.

“The layoffs of late 2022 shifted modeling work from data scientists to product teams consuming AI APIs. These new AI Teams use Klu to launch LLM-powered features in days that outperform old models built over months,” said Klu CEO and co-founder Stephen M. Walker II.

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