Portkey.ai Secures $3m Funding Round As It Enables Any Business To Create AI Apps Faster

Portkey.ai is enabling tech teams to fast track the build and deployment of generative AI apps in as little as 2 minutes. 

San Francisco, California – August 23, 2023: Increasing competition and the viral popularity of ChatGPT is spurring businesses to launch AI apps but they face time and budget constraints in rolling these out. Helping businesses solve this bottleneck, Portkey.ai is today announcing a $3m seed funding round empowering engineering teams to build and launch generative AI apps faster. 

The funding round was led by Lightspeed with participation from angel investors, including prominent figures from AWS, OpenAI, Cloudflare, Postman, and Asana. Portkey.ai was founded in January 2023 by Rohit Agarwal and Ayush Garg. Both founders had worked closely together on product development and go-to-market for the AI products built on top of LLMs.

Portkey.ai has built tools that allow businesses to monitor their language model operations (LLMOps), connect to multiple large language models (LLMs) efficiently, experiment, improve, and manage prompts effectively. It also offers deep integrations with players like OpenAI, Anthropic, Langchain, LlamaIndex and more.They already serve millions of requests a day for innovative Gen AI companies like Postman, Jio Haptik, Springworks and more through their full stack LLMOps solution. 

Rohit Agarwal

Rohit Agarwal, Co-founder, Portkey.ai commented: “Tech chiefs are facing a rush of demand from teams for AI apps that will save money without too much delay. But they cannot say yes to all their requests. There’s so much work to be done that there are often competing priorities and Portkey wants to help solve these dilemmas for tech teams. Our vision for Portkey has been to enable teams and companies to deploy Gen AI apps and features with confidence.”

An enterprise building Gen AI features could use Azure & Llama2 with intelligent routing, save over 25% in budget spend with smart caching, and monitor all their requests for accuracy & latency. Building this platform internally would take months of work, various iterations and requires significant experience with LLMs, while getting all this ready with Portkey takes 2 minutes.

Kartik Mandaville, the CEO of Springworks that’s building an AI-first employee help desk recalls his transformative journey with Portkey, “While developing Albus, we were handling over 10K questions daily. The challenges of managing costs, latency, and rate limiting on OpenAI were becoming overwhelming. It was then that Portkey intervened, providing invaluable support through its analytics and semantic caching solutions.”

Portkey.ai will use the fresh funding to scale the business (tech and people) while building new product capabilities. Dev Khare, Partner at Lightspeed, said “We are excited to partner with Portkey, as they supercharge teams developing, deploying and managing LLM-based applications and copilots for businesses and consumers.  We are equally excited by the founding team of Rohit and Ayush whom we’ve known for the past decade through multiple 0 to 1 journeys.”  

Angel investor Sanjeev Sisodiya added: “We invested in Portkey as the team comes from a very small group of folks who’ve deployed and scaled LLM applications in production. They understand the challenges and opportunities in this critical area and I can’t wait to see them bring this capability to the world’s software teams.”

Portkey.ai has a global footprint, with a significant user base in the U.S. In the long run, the company aims to enhance AI application development for its fast-growing customer base.

About Portkey 

Portkey.ai’s current team of professionals with experience building and launching multiple generative AI apps, will use the new funds to continue research and build out the LLMOps stack. Key areas of exploration include real-time canary testing for continuous evaluation of models and prompts, and fine-tuning models, areas in which Portkey.ai plans to release new products in the near future.

For more information about Portkey.ai, visit their website at www.portkey.ai or follow via LinkedIn and X.

About Lightspeed

Lightspeed is a global multi-stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise, Consumer, and Health sectors. Since 2000, Lightspeed has backed entrepreneurs and helped build companies of tomorrow, including Acceldata, Affirm, Acceldata, AppDynamics, Darwinbox, Hasura, Nutanix, OYO, Razorpay, Snap, Supabase, and Udaan. Lightspeed and its affiliates currently manage more than $18 Billion across the global Lightspeed platform, with investment professionals and advisors in India, Silicon Valley, Israel, China, Southeast Asia and Europe. www.lsip.com 

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