In September I wrote about a emerging group of startups that help developers manage the explosion of AI costs. These companies determine which tasks can be performed by AI models that are inexpensive to use so that their customers don’t end up paying for a more expensive model of OpenAI which they don’t really need.
There are signs that these companies have clout, at least in the eyes of venture capitalists. One of the first of these startups, based in San Francisco Martianjust raised $9 million in seed funding co-led by AEN And Prosus Ventures to finance its mission. Carya Venture Partners And General catalyst also participated in the tour.
The five-person “model routing” startup was founded by Shriyash Upadhyay And Etan Ginsbergtwo University of Pennsylvania graduates who researched AI at university. They developed a router model that automatically sends requests to different models based on customer needs, including cost and speed.