Is there really a good time to start a startup?
This is where the problem lies Javier Luraski In the discussion he passed his name Hal 9.
Although launching a startup under normal circumstances is challenging enough, Luraschi took action during the COVID-19 pandemic while suffering the effects and looking for answers Long coronavirusIn this case, people will have symptoms of disease for a long time.
So what did this veteran technologist-eight years at Microsoft and five years at software maker RStudio-think when he became the founder of the startup?
“It sounds like a terrible idea at the time, right?” Luraschi said with a smile on the other end of the video call. “I remember talking to my family and they said,’You are crazy. What will you do? There will be no jobs.'”
Last fall, when his Hal9 plan began to take shape, there was not even a COVID vaccine. People are paranoid, for good reason. But this mentality did not scare off Luraschi, but made him more determined to try new things.
“You always know that you can’t take health for granted. We all know that we only live once. But I think the pandemic makes things right,” he said. “I think everyone is reassessing the priorities in their lives. This is a good time to rethink everything. For me, this is entrepreneurship.”
Luraschi immigrated from Mexico in 2006 and was hired by Microsoft after graduating from university. He has been a software engineer throughout his career, working in the company in Microsoft Access, Office 365, database software and consumer productivity experience.
In 2016, he left the technology giant to work remotely for RStudio in Boston, which made another leap forward. He even left Redmond, Washington, and moved his family to Carnation, a quiet town 40 minutes’ drive from Seattle.
He said the move was also an “unpopular choice” among friends.
“But we are very happy, the carnations are beautiful,” Lulaski said.
The fight against the long-term COVID — which scientists describe as COVID that will not end in 12 weeks — has been a long, puzzling, and sometimes painful struggle. Luraschi has experienced muscle pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal problems and insomnia-but no real fever or loss of smell. Symptoms appeared one after another, and some new symptoms appeared, such as lung pain and dry cough.
16 months later, Luraschi still feels shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat. He said that a lot of pain comes from unknown and lack of information, not from specific symptoms.
“The good news is that I am improving every month,” he said. “I can currently control the remaining lingering symptoms through strict diet and supplements; it makes me feel’completely recovered’, but I know from recent laboratory work that I still don’t have it.”
Starting Hal9 with a small team clearly makes Lurachi’s prospects brighter. He raised $60,000 in pre-seed funding from angel investors and friends he met through Microsoft. His larger goal behind the technology sounds particularly worthwhile-to bring more tools to more people, thereby reducing the gap between rich and poor.
Luraschi said: “I think in general, artificial intelligence can automate work, replace people, and create a greater gap between the rich and the poor.” “It really comes down to who is automating what. Who can access These resources?”
Hal9 enables web developers to create, visualize, and deploy AI solutions using web technologies such as TensorFlow.js and Node.js. The startup provides an integrated environment that combines drag and drop, code editors, and open source component libraries to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence on the edge, mobile, and the web.
Tools are designed to help customers easily import and visualize data, create immersive experiences, and reduce artificial intelligence Project cost. and Help ordinary people jump into artificial intelligence.
“It’s enough for me to really try it,” Luraschi said.