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AI as the Next Generation of the User Interface | Veed & Sequoia | Slush 2023

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AI as the Next Generation of the User Interface | Veed & Sequoia | Slush 2023
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Want to learn the best business insights from remarkable speakers at Slush 2023, but don’t have the time to watch the full speeches on YouTube?

You’ve come to the right place. Below is a summary of a speech by Sequoia Partner Luciana Lixandru and Veed’s Co-founder and CEO, Sabba Keynejad.

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<p class="h1-rich">🤏 TL;DR</p>

Veed is a browser-based AI video editing platform that focuses on lowering barriers to content creation. Despite initial struggles with funding, the company has grown to $6 million ARR within two years of bootstrapping, prioritizing cash efficiency and organic growth. Veed believes that AI is a tool for creativity and expression, and founders should prioritize growth and commercialization while finding the lever of growth and pushing it until it stops working. Action items include creating a video highlighting Veed's AI features, developing a marketing strategy, exploring partnerships, and conducting user research.

<p class="h1-rich">✨ Summary</p>

Introduction

  • Veed is a browser-based AI video editing platform that aims to lower barriers to content creation.
  • AI has played a significant role in Veed's development, starting with automatic subtitle generation.
  • The company has since built various AI features, including contact direction, Magic Cut, and voice coding.

Bootstrapping and Growth

  • Veed initially struggled to raise funding and decided to bootstrap the company.
  • During the bootstrapping phase, the company focused on cash efficiency and organic growth.
  • Hiring was challenging, but they prioritized finding young, hungry individuals who aligned with their mission.
  • Despite the difficulties, Veed's revenue grew to $6 million ARR within two years of bootstrapping.

Leadership and Company Culture

  • Saba, the founder of Veed, transitioned from product development to focusing on building a mission-driven company.
  • He emphasizes the importance of aligning the organization, living company values, and understanding user problems.
  • Veed's hiring process looks beyond traditional CVs and focuses on finding individuals passionate about the company's mission.
  • The company culture retains its grassroots, organic growth mindset, even as it expands.

AI and Creativity

  • Veed believes that AI is a tool for creativity and expression, rather than a replacement for human creativity.
  • AI-powered features like Magic Cut and voice coding enhance the creative process for users.
  • Creators are excited about the opportunities AI brings and view it as an extension of their creative toolkit.

Advice for Founders

  • Founders should prioritize growth and commercialization, as building a great product alone is not enough.
  • Early-stage founders should focus on finding the lever of growth and pushing it until it stops working.
  • Building a product is relatively easy, but growing and getting users to love it is the real challenge.

Future Hopes for AI

  • Saba hopes that AI will unlock personal assistant robots for older individuals, enhancing their quality of life.
  • This wish stems from a conversation with a fellow passenger who expressed concerns about future care options.
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