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August 2, 2023 9 mins
In this episode of "Who Are These Startups," join us as we delve into the world of AI and machine learning with Mike Leslie, co-founder of Revela. Hosted by The Startup Coach, the podcast explores the journey of Revela—a machine learning and AI monitoring system designed to ensure the continued performance and integrity of AI models. Mike discusses the challenges faced by AI engineers and data scientists, revealing how Revela provides a vital toolkit to maintain model relevance, prevent bias, and optimize decision-making. Tune in to discover the story behind Revela's transformation from a consulting firm to a product-driven company and gain insights into the evolving landscape of AI technology and its responsible deployment. Explore how AI is being embraced and how Revela is playing a pivotal role in shaping a safer and more efficient AI-driven future. For more engaging interviews with founders of innovative Canadian startups, visit and explore live events at Links: website on LinkedIn Mike Leslie on LinkedIn Startup Talk Podcast Check Out our Monthly Startup Investor Drinks TorontoStarts Entrepreneur and Startup Community Angel Investor List Venture Capital List Join us on Reddit TorontoStarts YouTube Channel Automated Transcript of Revela on Who Are These Startups SPEAKERS Mike Leslie of, The Startup Coach The Startup Coach  00:00 Welcome to Who are the startups, podcast shorts featuring founder interviews of Canadian startups. Welcome back to who are these startups? I am the startup coach, founder of Torontostarts and with me today is Mike Leslie, co founder of Revela. Welcome, Mike. Mike Leslie of  00:15 Hey, Craig, nice to Nice to meet you. And thanks for the time. The Startup Coach  00:17 What does Revela do? Mike Leslie of  00:19 So Revela is a machine learning and AI monitoring system. So basically provide guardrails for AI machine learning models and production goal, they're making sure that they're basically performing properly, and they're not getting too stale over time. And then ultimately, you know, being unbiased and all that kind of stuff. The Startup Coach  00:37 Who is Revela For? Mike Leslie of  00:39 So Revela is for machine learning? Engineers and data scientists are the users, they're the ones who basically use it to understand when do you want to retrain your model. So you got them all in production, you know, when's the best time to retrain it, minimize your use of compute power, and just your own time as far as like managing that. And we also appeal to the executive team as well. So this might be a CEO of an enterprise he wants to gain some visibility into how are my machine learning AI investments performing, right, so we are that way to measure that and then bring that information up to say, putting money in these areas. So it's fraud detection, running, insurance claims, so on and so forth. And understanding how that is playing out as far as investing further into it. The Startup Coach  01:20 What is your startup story Mike Leslie of  01:22 Revela started four years ago, 2019, we were actually a machine learning AI consulting company before that. And then we decided through the insight we gained seeing these machine learning engineering projects basically fail over time, because we could help them develop it, we'd leave, the models would basically go stale over time, and start drifting. So we decided to pivot to become a product company early last year to make sure that, you know, we can help more teams prevent that issue from happening in the future. The Startup Coach  01:49 What drives you, Mike Leslie of  01:51 it's really about just enabling this massive deployment and explosion of like AI technologies that we're seeing globally right now.
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