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Kite is saying farewell

  • From 2014 to 2021, Kite was a startup using AI to help developers write code. We have stopped working on Kite and are no longer supporting the Kite software
  • First, we failed to deliver our vision of AI-assisted programming because we were 10+ years too early to market, i.e., the tech is not ready yet
  • We failed to build a business because our product did not monetize, and it took too long to figure that out
  • Then, we grew our user base. We executed very well here and expanded our user base to 500,000 monthly-active developers with almost zero marketing spend
  • Then, our product failed to generate revenue. Our 500k developers would not pay to use it

Criticizing Computers

  • Good hardware is masking terrible software
  • All the bad code is piling up, and we don't know how to get rid of it
  • Programs used to be pipeable. Now, GUIs are killing pipes
  • Computers are telling me what to do, but I can't tell them what to do
  • Software is not technology. It is ideology
  • Computers are fast, but in the dumbest way possible
  • No one knows what they're doing, and it's a civilizational problem