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Eero Laaksonen
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Eero Laaksonen

Serial entrepreneur hippie with a keen interest in making the world a better place. I believe people should work less and enjoy life more. Currently escalating the adoption of machine learning in enterprises around the world with Valohai.

March 15, 2022

Mike Del Balso joins Valohai’s advisory board

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Mike Del Balso is a familiar name to most in the machine learning community. He's one of the pioneers in the MLOps space and has laid the foundations for operational machine learning at Uber, Google, and most recently, Tecton.

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February 08, 2022

The 3Ps: The foundation of an AI trailblazer

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People, Processes and Platforms are the foundation for every company looking to be an early-mover in machine learning. Leaders should focus on developing in tandem because unsupported team members will be ineffective and platforms alone can't provide value.

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January 24, 2022

Valohai strengthens its advisory board with Robocorp CEO Antti Karjalainen

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We're excited to announce Antti Karjalainen to our advisory board. He's the founder of Robocorp, a leader in developer-first RPA. To Valohai, Antti brings his unique perspective on the developer tooling space and go-to-market strategy.

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June 23, 2021

Model Interpretability in a Nutshell

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Let’s start by defining interpretability in the context of machine learning and AI. In simple terms, it means how easily a human can interpret how the model arrived at a decision.

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November 04, 2020

A Machine Learning Pipeline Creates a Shared Language

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Modern tooling and shared work methods (CI/CD, version control, microservices) have enabled companies to scale their throughput in software development exponentially. A machine learning pipeline brings similar scale to machine learning.

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March 13, 2020

Machine Learning and Remote Work

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A lot of companies and teams are going fully remote for the first time due to the Coronavirus. We at Valohai are big believers in remote work. Having practiced with a distributed team for a good 4 years we would like to share some of our thoughts on remote work in Machine Learning. A lot of major pain points we have seen revolve around tooling.

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June 18, 2019

Challenges in Building a Scalable AI Business

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I see the quote “AI is the new electricity” thrown around in about every other blog post. I think there is truth in it, but I also think most people don’t go to the bottom of what it really means for their business. Let’s first define what we mean by AI: in this context, I’m referring to new advances in machine learning and deep learning.

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January 30, 2019

How to Effectively Grow Your Deep Learning Team and Why Version Control Matters

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There’s only one way to grow your deep learning team effectively: by adding new people to it! (We were just as shocked as you are by this revelation!)

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November 21, 2018

Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) on Valohai

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Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit or CNTK is an open source framework for building Deep Learning models. This relatively new framework has been gaining traction so we decided to make sure Valohai supports it well. One of the benefits over competing frameworks has been CNTK’s ground up support for multi-node, multi-GPU training, something that for instance TensorFlow has been struggling to tackle well. If you are doing work on really large datasets, you should maybe give it a try.

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October 23, 2018

What to Store from a Machine Learning Experiment

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When meeting with teams that are working with machine learning today, there is one point above everything else that I try to teach. It is the importance of storing and versioning of machine learning experiments and especially how many things there actually are that need to be stored.

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October 02, 2018

Valohai and Microsoft Join Forces in Deep Learning for Enterprises

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Valohai and Microsoft cross lightsabers in the battle for artificial intelligence, through Microsoft’s global ScaleUp Program.

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September 28, 2018

Two Years of Democratizing AI

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Valohai is turning 2 years old in three weeks. The paperwork was done on October 16th, 2016. It’s been a thrilling ride so I’ll take this chance to write a few words about why we really started this company.

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June 15, 2018

Machine Learning Researcher vs Engineers – What's the Difference?

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Today’s machine learning teams consist of people with different skill sets. There are a bunch of different roles that are needed, but today I am going to talk about the two key roles that I get asked about the most: machine learning researcher / data scientist vs. machine learning engineer.

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