A Tecton-ic shift in MLOps

3 min read July 13, 2022
Spotlight Infra Growth

It’s not always visible to end users, but machine learning (ML) has become a core component of every software product, influencing everyday experiences like food delivery pricing or ride-share wait-times. Training and deploying the models that power these use cases is challenging and complex, requiring tedious manual effort from data scientists. Tecton automates this complexity away from data scientists, helping companies operationalize machine learning quickly and reliably. The company is on track to become a core part of the emerging MLOps stack, helping engineers build ML into their applications. 

We first got to know Mike and Kevin from their work at Uber, where they made significant contributions to Michelangelo, the company’s underlying ML platform. Uber, at the time, was one of a few companies able to operationalize machine learning at scale. Mike and Kevin realized there was tremendous demand for ML operationalization, and in 2019, started Tecton to enable more companies to harness the transformational power of machine learning. They created the feature management category, which has become an industry-standard approach to train and serve models. 

To get a model into production, data scientists and engineers do massive amounts of data wrangling work to extract features from raw data. Then, they must store features so they can be re-used, keep features updated as new batch or stream data becomes available, and build feature pipelines to train and serve models. Tecton handles all of this for the customer, drastically accelerating a company’s journey towards operationalizing a model. Many companies ranging from small startups to large F500 corporations have successfully used Feast, the leading open-source feature store maintained by Tecton, and are now adopting enterprise-scale Tecton deployments to automate more of the ML workflow. 

Graphical user interface, application

Description automatically generated

Today, Tecton is the cornerstone of ML platforms across a variety of companies and verticals, including Atlassian, Convoy, Rappi, HelloFresh, and more. Mike and Kevin have fostered an impressive community of MLOps experts, attracting over 10,000 attendees to their apply() conference. With Feast, the leading open-source feature store, Tecton has doubled down on its commitment to data scientists and engineers. Tecton is the leader in ML feature management and has been rapidly growing both its customer base and community.

We are thrilled to be working with Mike, Kevin, and the rest of the Tecton team by investing in their $100m Series C, joined by our friends at Kleiner Perkins, Snowflake, and Databricks. Machine learning is a must-have for every modern organization; Tecton is a must-have for every ML team.

Related Insights

How to Lower Your AWS Bill

AWS can quickly become the second largest expense for a company (after headcount). BCV Partner Aaref Hilaly and Momento co-founder Khawaja Shams share key habits that every company should be doing to lower its AWS bill at the growth stage.

Aaref Hilaly 1 min read
Business Building Infra Growth

Momento: Data Retrieval Doesn’t Have to Be a Pain in the “Cache”

There are two big movements in infrastructure software. One is open source, epitomized by Confluent and Mongo. These are projects that often incubate in large companies, or as hobbies for their talented founders, before blossoming into independent companies.  The other is “serverless”, which asks engineers to accept closed-source in exchange for ease of use, infinite…

Aaref Hilaly 3 min read
Spotlight Infra Seed

Large Language Models Will Redefine B2B Software

“We should partner with […]. They come up in 70% of our sales calls.” That’s what the new COO at one of our companies told us last week after her second week on the job. It stuck in my mind because only a few years back, it would have been impossible for her to know…

Sam Crowder 5 min read
Domain Insights Infra