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DataStax acquires the startup behind low-code AI builder Langflow

DataStax acquires the startup behind low-code AI builder Langflow

DataStax made a name for itself by commercializing the open source Apache Cassandra NoSQL database, but these days, the company’s focus is squarely on using its database chops to build a “one-stop GenAI stack.” One of the first building blocks for this was to bring vector search capabilities to its hosted Astra DB service last summer. Since then, it’s built out more of its stack for building GenAI applications backed by Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) and today, the company announced the next stop in this direction by announcing that it has acquired Logspace, the company behind Langflow, a low-code tool for building RAG-based applications. DataStax did not share the price of the acquisition. Logspace launched in 2022 with a mission to help businesses adopt machine learning. Early on, the company was more of a consultancy than a product company. Logspace co-founder and CEO Rodrigo Nader previously worked on machine learning problems at enterprise AI company Bitvore, together with co-founder and CTO Gabriel Luiz Freitas Almeida. They self-funded the company and by 2023, the founding team had …

Low-code and no-code development gets a makeover as priorities shift to AI

Low-code and no-code development gets a makeover as priorities shift to AI

Yaroslav Kushta/Getty Images The low-code and no-code market is big and will get even bigger. What’s more, the addition of AI-based assistance to these tools could lead to even greater market growth. The low-code and no-code market is worth $13.2 billion globally, with a growth rate of roughly 21% annually since 2019, according to research by Forrester analyst John Bratincevic. He says this growth stems from “the institutionalization of low code in IT,” with 87% of enterprise developers working with low-code and no-code tools or platforms. Citizen developers will triple the size of this market by 2030, he continues: “The democratization of development to workers outside of IT shows no signs of slowing down.” Also: How to use ChatGPT to write code AI is the key factor that could help to further accelerate this market — up to $50 billion within the next four years. AI will lead to more citizen developer involvement, Bratincevic states. Conversely, he adds: “AI-infused development platforms (TuringBots) could make traditional high coding so productive that professional developers reject low code and …

Relevance AI’s low-code platform enables businesses to build AI teams

Relevance AI’s low-code platform enables businesses to build AI teams

Many companies already use generative AI tools, like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which can help improve workers’ performance by as much as 40% compared with workers who don’t use it. However, only businesses with large engineering teams can build their own AI workforces. An Australia-based startup, Relevance AI, wants to help companies of all sizes build custom AI agents for any use case or function to maximize productivity with its SaaS-based low-code platform.  “Our mission is to enable teams only to be limited by their ideas, not their size — from the seasoned industry player to the ambitious newcomer,” co-founder of Relevance AI Daniel Vassilev said. “We take out the complexity and make it possible for AI agents to work autonomously and complete detailed workflows or accomplish complex tasks with accuracy and predictability that companies can trust.”  The startup said it had raised $10 million (AUD 15 million) in a Series A funding round led by King River Capital with participation from global investors Peak XV’s Surge, Galileo Venture and its previous investor Insight Partners. Relevance AI will …

Salesforce to acquire Airkit.ai, a low-code platform for building AI customer service agents

Salesforce to acquire Airkit.ai, a low-code platform for building AI customer service agents

Salesforce has announced plans to acquire Airkit.ai, a low-code platform that helps e-commerce companies build AI-powered customer service agents. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2017, Redwood City, California-based Airkit was created by Adam Evans and Stephen Ehikian, who sold a previous big data startup called RelateIQ to Salesforce for $390 million in 2014. In its original guise, Airkit was a self-serve customer engagement platform that allowed businesses to integrate data silos and help with use cases such as onboarding new users. But last month, the company relaunched as Airkit.ai and launched its first out-of-the-box integrated product, a GPT-4-based platform that allows companies such as OpenTable and ShipBob to build specialized customer service chatbots that can deal with queries around order status, refunds, product information and more. Airkit. Image Credits: Airkit Airkit.ai’s connection with Salesforce doesn’t stop at the founders’ previous startup. The duo launched their new company in 2020 with $28 million in funding from investors including Accel and Salesforce Ventures, which also invested in follow-on rounds, taking Airkit.ai’s total funding …

Low-code ML platform Predibase raises another .2M

Low-code ML platform Predibase raises another $12.2M

End-to-end machine learning platform Predibase today announced a $12.2 million expansion to its $16.25 million Series A funding round from last year. The company also announced that its low-code, declarative ML platform for developers is now generally available. During the beta period, which launched when the company came out of stealth last year, users have trained over 250 models on the platform. Now that the service is generally available, these users can also use Predibase to deploy their own large language models (LLMs) instead of using an API from the likes of OpenAI. Users will also get access to Predibase’s own LudwigGPT LLM — named after the suite of machine learning tools Predibase co-founder Piero Molino launched in 2019 (and not the tragic 19th-century Bavarian king). “Every enterprise wants to gain a competitive edge by embedding ML into their internal and customer-facing applications. Unfortunately, today’s ML tools are too complex for engineering teams, and data science resources are stretched too thin, leaving the developers working on these projects holding the bag,” said Piero Molino, co-founder …

Forest Admin launches cloud version of its low-code internal tool builder

Forest Admin launches cloud version of its low-code internal tool builder

French startup Forest Admin is launching a cloud-based version of its product. The company helps you create flexible back-end admin panels for operations teams. Essentially, Forest Admin helps development teams spend less time on back office tools so that they can focus on the actual product. With the cloud version, companies just have to integrate the service with their own SQL database. After that, they can start using Forest Admin to manage their business. “The onboarding is very similar to business intelligence tools,” Forest Admin co-founder and CEO Sandro Munda told me. But BI tools mostly fetch data so that it can be transformed, analyzed, compiled into quarterly reports and reused in business planning meetings. Forest Admin is all about interacting with your product’s data. Companies can also integrate the admin panel with third-party services like Stripe, Mixpanel and Intercom. Forest Admin users can then trigger actions and create workflows with different levels of permission in the company. Unlike other internal tool builders, such as Retool, Forest Admin is focused on admin panels exclusively. It …

Low-code database APITable is another Airtable challenger

Low-code database APITable is another Airtable challenger

Airtable’s whopping $11 billion valuation attained in late 2021 has lured a raft of ambitious entrepreneurs into the low-code database space. They covet even just a small slice of the pie enjoyed by the decade-old American juggernaut. While SaaS has long been a proven business model in the U.S., in emerging markets, and even in China’s burgeoning tech industry, many users still expect software to be free. To grow their paying customers, Asia’s SaaS startups, built by seasoned and affordable developers, are venturing into the West. Hong Kong-headquartered low-code database APITable is one of them (it’s in the process of setting up a Canadian base). The company is unabashed about its ambition to take on Airtable. Case in point, its blog featured a step-by-step guide on how to migrate from Airtable to its own platform (the page disappeared at the time of publishing). APITable is competing with a handful of rising startups, like Amsterdam’s Baserow and San Francisco-based NocoDB, to provide an open-source, visual solution for creating smart, sleek-looking databases. Its name suggests a focus …

Replo gives businesses a low-code option for creating Shopify landing pages

Replo gives businesses a low-code option for creating Shopify landing pages

This is a tale as old as time: a small e-commerce owner wants to build a great landing page for their company, but the available tools only get them so far, and they don’t have the funds to hire a developer. This is where Replo comes in, offering a low-code web platform and marketplace so that businesses can build customizable websites similar to the way a child builds with Legos. The company is currently focused on Shopify users and offers hundreds of built-in templates that Replo shows you how to use or helps you build a page from scratch. Users can change text, build out sections, change out products or save sections of text to a library for use on other pages. In addition, there is a section library. It also integrates with a user’s Shopify store. You can start using Replo for free with one user and get unlimited features and previews. The next level starts at $99 a month. Replo is targeting mid-market e-commerce companies, those that sell between $1 million and $100 …

ToolJet, an open source low-code app builder, wants to help companies do more with less

ToolJet, an open source low-code app builder, wants to help companies do more with less

“Do more with less” has emerged as something of a business mantra over the past year, as businesses across the industrial spectrum have faced growing economic headwinds. Companies have been looking for ways to cut spending without jeopardising their output, which is also having a significant knock-on effect. Indeed, most of the big tech companies have announced significant layoffs these past few months, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella essentially blaming its 10,000 job cull on its customers’ transition toward thriftiness. “As we saw customers accelerate their digital spend during the pandemic, we’re now seeing them optimize their digital spend to do more with less,” Nadella said. “We’re also seeing organizations in every industry and geography exercise caution as some parts of the world are in a recession and other parts are anticipating one.” And so it goes without saying, perhaps, that technologies that promise to help companies to be more productive while relying on fewer people would currently be in hot demand. This is certainly what low-code enterprise app builder ToolJet is finding, as the …