Stability AI, a company that develops AI systems, recently raised a funding round to cover its high operating costs. The company has a cluster of more than 4,000 Nvidia A100 GPUs running in AWS for training AI systems, and its operating and cloud expenditures exceed 50 million US dollars. Founder Mostaque has expressed his firm attitude towards the open source community and employees controlling the company, and plans to use its computing to accelerate Open source basic AI. Start-ups have not been able to capture much value in the previous wave of artificial intelligence, as the technology giants have been able to leverage their existing resources and infrastructure to develop and deploy AI solutions faster and more effectively than start-ups. Stability AI is looking to break this trend by using its powerful computing resources to accelerate open source basic AI and capture value in the current wave of AI.
AI startups face a difficult challenge in the market due to the strong advantages of established tech companies in capital, channels, and existing product moats. To overcome this, startups need to create products with significant advantages or focus on new customer groups or channels to build their own moat. To succeed, they must build a 10x better product than the existing ones and use the wider Internet as an initial training set to create more robust models than those that use small data. With the right strategy, AI startups can gain a foothold in the market and compete with the established players.
AI technology is creating new opportunities for startups to capture a larger share of the value generated by AI. Established tech companies are still expected to capture much of the value, but the size of their market capitalization is so large that even a small change can add to an entire ecosystem or market segment. To ensure that the right tools are used to solve the right problems, it is important to focus on application scenarios and market demands to determine what the actual end-user needs are and what service and product markets are possible entry points. AI startups should also consider the existing market structure when developing AI solutions, as it can be difficult to challenge the existing market structure and even superior AI solutions may not be adopted due to regulations or established players.