A discussion about what types of models we are looking for on our AI model marketplace. Continuation of this article. Although this article is written from the perspective of the buyers, this is highly relevant to any sellers on the Volant AI marketplace.

Sneak peek of our marketplace

The Types of Models Being Sold

Given the novelty of AI model marketplaces, it’s a bit difficult to liken it to our traditional marketplaces (like Amazon). Most AI models (technically, solutions) can be probably divided into three categories:

  1. Deep-Dive, Enterprise: Companies with their own AI shops will develop hard-hitting models with a highly specific usecase after months and dollars of spend.
  2. Other: For…


A discussion about what people actually buy from our marketplace from the buyer’s perspective. There is some overlap with this article. Although this article is written from the perspective of the buyers, this is highly relevant to any sellers on the Volant AI marketplace.

Sneak peek of the platform

What are buyers buying?

In this past article, we gave a pretty succinct explanation of the asset that sellers are selling (alternatively, what buyers are buying). However, it’s probably a good idea to discuss more high-level where Volant AI models fit in the spectrum of what could be sold in an AI model marketplace.

In terms of abstraction, there’s (probably)…


What is this? And, why is it relevant for us at Volant AI?

— — — Words of Sachin R.

Early last week I was asked the following question:

“Do you have market liquidity in your app store yet?”

Initially, I was stumped by the question. I’d only heard a little about market liquidity in relation to the stock market and as a non-economics/finance major with little interest in financial markets I confess I hadn’t even thought about this. Because our AI model marketplace at Volant AI isn’t even live yet, I was saved from writing a longer (likely lacking!)…


As we continue building out the platform at Volant AI as well as growing our waitlist, it’s important to take a step back and analyze the pull (and push!) factors for a buyer to get a model from our marketplace. Though we’re aiming to help not only SMBs, but also hackers and Kaggle competitors, the psychology framework we suggest can be applied to each potential use-case.

As a seller on our marketplace, this approach can be invaluable in helping you succeed. Let’s dive in.

There seem to be some underlying factors that influence a buyer’s need to obtain a model…


I’m taking a short break from working on Volant AI to write a quick, no-frills, easy-as guide to take your API and turn it into a HTTPS secure, accessible endpoint with AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Any web app that is using HTTPS will not allow any outgoing HTTP endpoint calls due to security reasons, so for production, you need HTTPS. Let’s dive in.

Goal: Configure HTTPS endpoint via elastic beanstalk for some API. It should be a subdomain route.

High-Level Approach

  1. Buy some domain name for registrar: AWS Route 53
  2. Make certificate for domain name in Certificate Manager (use a catch-all…

An AI model marketplace, like the one we are building at Volant AI, is fundamentally a marketplace. But a Deep Learning Model is not a traditional good. So, how can we protect sellers and give them an advantage?

Who we are

As we discussed in the previous article, we are building a hybrid AI model marketplace with Model-Selection-as-a-Service. It’s ultimately our goal to empower people to build with AI by utilizing high performing, crowdsourced models from our marketplace. We also see our mission deeply coupled with helping folks with data science expertise monetize their skills and invest in themselves and their future. …


Cool bits that interested me from the terrific book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Part 4 of 12.

I’ll focus on what 21-year old, just-graduated, tech-loving kids (people like me) or college students can relate to. Hopefully there’s some value in these articles even if you don’t fit that demographic. This is not a summary of the book by any means. My goal will be to give my perspective on these lessons and hopefully incite some thoughts from you, the reader. Let’s begin.

My copy of “Extreme Ownership”

when ego clouds our judgment and prevents us from seeing the world, as it…


Cool bits that interested me from the terrific book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Part 3 of 12.

I’ll focus on what 21-year old, just-graduated, tech-loving kids (people like me) or college students can relate to. Hopefully there’s some value in these articles even if you don’t fit that demographic. This is not a summary of the book by any means. My goal will be to give my perspective on these lessons and hopefully incite some thoughts from you, the reader. Let’s begin.

My copy of “Extreme Ownership”

“The leader must explain not just what to do, but why (Page 78)

This…


My analysis of the terrific book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Part 2 of 12.

I’ll focus on what 21-year old, just-graduated, tech-loving kids (people like me) or college students can relate to. Hopefully there’s some value in these articles even if you don’t fit that demographic. This is not a summary of the book by any means. My goal will be to give my perspective on these lessons and hopefully incite some thoughts from you, the reader. Let’s begin.

My copy of “Extreme Ownership”

“as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate” (Page 54)

This chapter is…


My analysis of the terrific book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Part 1 of 12.

I’ll focus on what 21-year old, just-graduated, tech-loving kids (people like me) or college students can relate to. Hopefully there’s some value in these articles even if you don’t fit that demographic. This is not a summary of the book by any means. My goal will be to give my perspective on these lessons and hopefully incite some thoughts from you, the reader. Let’s begin.

My copy of extreme ownership.

The leader must own everything in his or her world. (Page 30)

After reading through this chapter…

Sachin Raghavendran

Trying to figure out life. Founder of https://volantai.org

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