The Rise of Generative AI with Raj Bala

Episode Summary

Raj Bala, Founder of Perspect, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss all things generative AI. Perspect is a new generative AI company that is democratizing the e-commerce space, by making it possible to place images of products in places that would previously require expensive photoshoots and editing. Throughout the conversation, Raj shares insights into the legal questions surrounding the rise of generative AI and potential ramifications of its widespread adoption. Raj and Corey also dig into the question, “Why were the big cloud providers beaten to the market by OpenAI?” Raj also shares his thoughts on why company culture has to be organic, and how he’s hoping generative AI will move the needle for mom-and-pop businesses.

Episode Show Notes & Transcript

About Raj

Raj Bala, formerly a VP, Analyst at Gartner, led the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services since its inception and led the Magic Quadrant for IaaS before that.  He is deeply in-tune with market dynamics both in the US and Europe, but also extending to China, Africa and Latin America.  

Raj is also a software developer and is capable of building and deploying scalable services on the cloud providers to which he wrote about as a Gartner analyst.  As such, Raj is now building Perspect, which is a SaaS offering at the intersection of AI and E-commerce.

Raj's favorite language is Python and he is obsessed with making pizza and ice cream. 

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Corey: Welcome to Screaming in the Cloud. I’m Corey Quinn. Back again, after a relatively brief point in time since the last time he was on, is Raj Bala. Formerly a VP analyst at Gartner, but now instead of talking about the past, we are talking, instead, about the future. Raj, welcome back. You’re now the Founder at Perspect. What are you doing over there?

Raj: I am indeed. I’m building a SaaS service around the generative AI space at the intersection of e-commerce. So, those two things are things that I’m interested in. And so, I’m building a SaaS offering in that space.

Corey: This is the first episode in which we’re having an in-depth discussion about generative AI. It’s mostly been a topic that I’ve avoided because until now, relatively recently, it’s all been very visual. And it turns into sort of the next generation’s crappy version of Instagram, where, “Okay. Well, Instagram’s down, so can you just describe your lunch to me?” It’s not compelling to describe a generated image on an audio-based podcast. But with the advent of things like ChatGPT, where suddenly it’s muscling into my realm, which is the written word, suddenly it feels like there’s a lot more attention and effort being paid to it in a bunch of places where it wasn’t getting a lot of coverage before, including this one. So, when you talk about generative AI, are you talking in the sense of visual, in terms of the written word, in terms of all of the above, and more? Where’s your interest lie?

Raj: I think it’s all of the above and more. My interest is in all of it, but my focus right now is on the image aspect of things. I’ve been pretty knee-deep in stable diffusion and all the things that it entails, and it is largely about images at this point.

Corey: So, talk to me more about how you’re building something that stands between the intersection of e-commerce and generative AI. Because when I go to, I’m not staring at a web store in the traditional sense. I’m looking at something that—again, early days, I’m not judging you based upon the content of your landing page—but it does present as a bit more of a developer tool and a little bit less of a “look how pretty it is.”

Raj: Yeah. It’s very much a developer-focused e-commerce offering. So, as a software developer, if you want programmatic access to all things e-commerce and generative AI that are related to e-commerce, you can do that on So, yeah. It is about taking images of products and being able to put them in AI-generated places essentially.

Corey: Got it. So, effectively you’re trying to sell, I don’t know, titanium jewelry for the sake of argument. And you’re talking about now you can place it on a generated model’s hand to display this rather than having to either fake it or alternately have a whole bunch of very expensive product shoots and modeling sessions.

Raj: Exactly. Exactly. If you want to put this piece of jewelry in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Pyramids of Giza, you can do that in a few seconds as opposed to the expensive photo shoots that were once required.

Corey: On some level, given that I spend most of my time kicking around various SaaS products, I kind of love the idea of stock photography modeling, I don’t know, Datadog or whatnot. I don’t know how that would even begin to pan out, but I’m totally here for it.

Raj: That’s funny.

Corey: Now, the hard part that I’m seeing right now is—I mean, you used to work at Gartner for years.

Raj: I did.

Corey: You folks are the origin of the Gartner-hype cycle. And given all the breathless enthusiasm, massive amounts of attention, and frankly, hilarious, more than a little horrifying, missteps that we start seeing in public, it feels like we are very much in the heady early days of hype around generative AI.

Raj: No doubt about it. No doubt about it. But just thinking about what’s possible and what is being accomplished even week to week in this space is just mind-blowing. I mean, this stuff didn’t exist really six months ago. And now, the open-source frameworks are out there. The ecosystems are developing around it. A lot of people have compared generative AI to the iPhone. And I think it’s actually maybe bigger than that. It’s more internet-scale disruption, not just a single device like the iPhone.

Corey: It’s one of those things that I have the sneaking suspicion is going to start showing up in a whole bunch of different places, manifesting in a whole host of different ways. I’ve been watching academia, largely, freak out about the idea that, “Well, kids are using it to cheat on their homework.” Okay. I understand the position that they’re coming from. But it seems like whenever a new technology is unleashed on the world, that is the immediate, instantaneous, reflexive blowback—not necessarily picking on academics, in particular—but rather, the way that we’ve always done something is now potentially very easy to use thanks to this advance in technology. “Oh, crap. What do we do?” And there’s usually a bunch of scurrying around in futile attempts to put the genie back in the bottle, which frankly, never works. And you also see folks trying to sprint, to sort of keep up with this. And it never really pans out. Society adapts, adjusts, and evolves. And I don’t think that that’s an inherently terrible thing.

Raj: I don’t think so either. I mean, the same thing existed with the calculator, right? Do you remember early days in school, they said you can’t use a calculator, right? And—

Corey: Because remember you will not have a calculator in your pocket as you go through life. Well, that was a lie.

Raj: But during the test—during the test that you have to take, you will not have a calculator. And when the rubber meets the road in person during that test, you’re going to have to show your skills. And the same thing will happen here. We’ll just have to have ground rules and ways to check and balance whether people are cheating or not and adapt, just like you said.

Corey: On some level, you’re only really cheating yourself past a certain point.

Raj: Exactly.

Corey: There’s value in being able to tell a story in a cohesive, understandable way.

Raj: Absolutely.

Corey: Oh, the computer will do it for me. And I don’t know that you can necessarily depend on that.

Raj: Absolutely. Absolutely. You have to understand more than just the inputs and outputs. You have to understand the black box in between enough to show that you understand the subject.

Corey: One thing that I find interesting is the position of the cloud providers in this entire—

Raj: Mm-hmm.

Corey: —space. We have Google, who has had a bunch of execs talking about how they’ve been working on this internally for years. Like you get how that makes you look worse instead of better, right? Like they’re effectively tripping over one another on LinkedIn to talk about how they’ve been working on this for such a long time, and they have something just like it. Well, yeah. Okay. You got beaten to market by a company less than a decade old.

Azure has partnered with OpenAI and brought a lot of this to Bing so rapidly they didn’t have time to update their more of a Bing app away from the “Use Bing and earn Microsoft coins” nonsense. It’s just wow. Talk about a—being caught flat-footed on this. And Amazon, of course, has said effectively nothing. The one even slightly generative AI service that they have come out with that I can think of that anyone could be forgiven for having missed is—they unleashed this one year at re:Invent’s Midnight Madness where they had Dr. Matt Wood get on stage with the DeepComposer and play a little bit of a song. And it would, in turn, iterate on that. And that was the last time any of us ever really heard anything about the DeepComposer. I’ve got one on my shelf. And I do not hear about it mentioned even in passing other than in trivia contests.

Raj: Yeah. It’s pretty fascinating. Amazon with all their might, and AWS in particular—I mean, AWS has Alexa, and so they’ve—the thing you give to Alexa is a prompt, right? I mean, it is generative AI in a large way. You’re feeding it a prompt and saying do something. And it spits out something tokenized to you. But the fact that OpenAI has upended all of these companies I think is massive. And it tells us something else about Microsoft too is that they didn’t have the wherewithal integrally to really compete themselves. They had to do it with someone else, right? They couldn’t muster up the effort to really build this themselves. They had to use OpenAI.

Corey: On some level, it’s a great time to be a cloud provider because all of these experiments are taking place on top of a whole bunch of very expensive, very specific compute.

Raj: Sure.

Corey: But that is necessary but not sufficient as we look at it across the board. Because even AWS’s own machine-learning powered services, it’s only relatively recently that they seemed to have gotten above the “Step one, get a PhD in this stuff. Step two, here’s all the nuts and bolts you have to understand about how to build machine-learning models.” Whereas the thing that’s really caused OpenAI’s stuff to proliferate in the public awareness is, “Okay. You got to a webpage, and you tell it what to draw, and it draws the thing.” Or “go ahead and rename an AWS service if the naming manager had a sense of creativity and a slight bit of whimsy.” And it comes out with names that are six times better than anything AWS has ever come out with.

Raj: So, funny. I saw your tweet on that actually. Yeah. If you want to do generative AI on AWS today, it is hard. Oh, my gosh. That’s if you can get the capacity. That’s if you can get the GPU capacity. That’s if you can put together the ML ops necessary to make it all happen. It is extremely hard. Yeah, so putting stuff into a chat interface is 1,000 times easier. I mean, doing something like containers on GPUs is just massively difficult in the cloud today.

Corey: It’s hard to get them in many cases as well. I had customers that asked, “Okay. What special preferential treatment can we get to get access to more GPUs?” It’s like can you break the laws of physics or change global supply chain because if so, great. You’ve got this unlocked. Otherwise, good luck.

Raj: I think us-east-2 a couple weeks ago for like the entire week was out of the GPU capacity necessary the entire week.

Corey: I haven’t been really tracking a lot of the GPU-specific stuff. Do you happen to know what a lot of OpenAI’s stuff is built on top of from a vendoring perspective?

Raj: I mean, it’s got to be Nvidia, right? Is that what you’re asking me?

Corey: Yeah. I’m—I don’t know a lot of the—again, this is not my area.

Raj: Yeah, yeah.

Corey: I am not particularly deep in the differences between the various silicon manufacturers. I know that AWS has their Inferentia chipset that’s named after something that sounds like what my grandfather had. You’ve got a bunch of AMD stuff coming out. You’ve have—Intel’s been in this space for a while. But Nvidia has sort of been the gold standard based upon GPU stories. So, I would assume it’s Nvidia.

Raj: At this point, they’re the only game in town. No one else matters. The frameworks simply don’t support anything other than Nvidia. So, in fact, OpenAI—them and Facebook—they are kind of leading some—a bunch of the open-source right now. So, it’s—Stability AI, Hugging Face, OpenAI, Facebook, and all their stuff is dependent on Nvidia. None of it—if you look through the source code, none of it really relies on Inferentia or Trainium or AMD or Intel. It’s all Nvidia.

Corey: As you look across the current landscape—at least—let me rephrase that. As I look across the current landscape, I am very hard-pressed to identify any company except probably OpenAI itself as doing anything other than falling all over itself having been caught—what feels like—completely flat-footed. We’ve seen announcements rushed. We’ve seen people talking breathlessly about things that are not yet actively available. When does that stop? When do we start to see a little bit of thought and consideration put into a lot of the things that are being rolled out, as opposed to “We’re going to roll this out as an assistant now to our search engine” and then having to immediately turn it off because it becomes deeply and disturbingly problematic in how it responds to a lot of things?

Raj: You mean Sam Altman saying he’s got a lodge in Montana with a cache of firearms in case AI gets out of control? You mean that doesn’t alarm you in any way?

Corey: A little bit. Just a little bit. And like even now you’re trying to do things that, to be clear, I am not trying to push the boundaries of these things. But all right. Write a limerick about Elon Musk hurling money at things that are ridiculous. Like, I am not going to make fun of individual people. It’s like I get that. But there is a punching-up story around these things. Like, you also want to make sure that’s it not “Write a limerick about the disgusting habit of my sixth-grade classmate.” Like, you don’t want to, basically, automate the process of cyber-bullying. Let’s be clear here. But finding that nuance, it’s a societal thing to wrestle with, on some level. But I think that we’re anywhere near having cohesive ideas around it.

Raj: Yeah. I mean, this stuff is going to be used for nefarious ways. And it’s beyond just cyberbullying, too. I think nation-states are going to use this stuff to—as a way to create disinformation. I mean, if we saw a huge flux of disinformation in 2020, just imagine what’s going to happen in 2024 with AI-generated disinformation. That’s going to be off the charts.

Corey: It’ll be at a point where you fundamentally have to go back to explicitly trusted sources as opposed to, “Well, I saw a photo of it or a video of it” or someone getting onstage and dancing about it. Well, all those things can be generated now for, effectively, pennies.

Raj: I mean, think about evidence in a courtroom now. If I can generate an image of myself holding a gun to someone’s head, you have to essentially dismiss all sorts of photographic evidence or video evidence soon enough in court because you can’t trust the authenticity of it.

Corey: It makes providence and chain-of-custody issues far more important than they were before. And it was still a big deal. Photoshop has been around for a while. And I remember thinking when I was younger, “I wonder how long it’ll be until videos become the next evolution of this.” Because there was—we got to a point fairly early on in my life where you couldn’t necessarily take a photograph at face value anymore because—I mean, look at some of the special effects we see in movies. Yeah, okay. Theoretically, someone could come up with an incredibly convincing fake of whatever it is that they’re trying to show. But back then, it required massive render farms and significant investment to really want to screw someone over. Now, it requires drinking a couple glasses of wine, going on the internet late at night, navigating to the OpenAI webpage, and typing in the right prompt. Maybe you iterate on it a little bit, and it spits it out for basically free.

Raj: That’s one of the sectors, actually, that’s going to adopt this stuff the soonest. It’s happening now, the film and movie industry. Stability AI actually has a film director on staff. And his job is to be sort of the liaison to Hollywood. And they’re going to help build AI solutions into films and so forth. So, yeah. But that’s happening now.

Corey: One of the more amazing things that I’ve seen has been the idea of generative voice where it used to be that in order to get an even halfway acceptable model of someone’s voice, they had to read a script for the better part of an hour. That—and they had to make sure that they did it with certain inflection points and certain tones. Now, you can train these things on, “All right. Great. Here’s this person just talking for ten minutes. Here you go.” And the reason I know this—maybe I shouldn’t be disclosing this as publicly as I am, but the heck with it. We’ve had one of me on backup that we’ve used intermittently on those rare occasions when I’m traveling, don’t have my recording setup with me, and this needs to go out in a short time period. And we’ve used it probably a dozen times over the course of the 400 and some odd episodes we’ve done. One person has ever noticed.

Raj: Wow.

Corey: Now, having a conversation going back and forth, start pairing some of those better models with something like ChatGPT, and basically, you’re building your own best friend.

Raj: Yeah. I mean, soon enough you’ll be able to do video AI, completely AI-generated of your podcast perhaps.

Corey: That would be kind of wild, on some level. Like now we’re going to animate the whole thing.

Raj: Yeah.

Corey: Like I still feel like we need more action sequences. Don’t know about you, but I don’t have quite the flexibility I did when I was younger. I can’t very well even do a pratfall without wondering if I just broke a hip.

Raj: You can have an action sequence where you kick off a CloudFormation task. How about that?

Corey: One area where I have found that generative text AI, at least, has been lackluster, has been right a parody of the following song around these particular dimensions. Their meter is off. Their—the cleverness is missing.

Raj: Hmm.

Corey: They at least understand what a parody is and they understand the lyrics of the song, but they’re still a few iterative generations away. That said, I don’t want to besmirch the work of people who put into these things. They are basically—

Raj: Mm-hmm.

Corey: —magic.

Raj: For sure. Absolutely. I mean, I’m in wonderment of some of the artwork that I’m able to generate with generative AI. I mean, it is absolutely awe-inspiring. No doubt about it.

Corey: So, what’s gotten you excited about pairing this specifically with e-commerce? That seems like an odd couple to wind up smashing together. But you have had one of the best perspectives on this industry for a long time now. So, my question is not, “What’s wrong with you?” But rather, “What are you seeing that I’m missing?”

Raj: I think it’s the biggest opportunity from an impact perspective. Generating AI avatars of yourself is pretty cool. But ultimately, I think that’s a pretty small market. I think the biggest market you can go after right now is e-commerce in the generative AI space. I think that’s the one that’s going to move the needle for a lot of people. So, it’s a big opportunity for one. I think there are interesting things you can do in it. The technical aspects are equally interesting. So, you know, there are a handful of compelling things that draw me to it.

Corey: I think you’re right. There’s a lot of interest and a lot of energy and a lot of focus built around a lot of the neat, flashy stuff. But it’s “Okay. How does this windup serving problems that people will pay money for?” Like right now to get early access to ChatGPT and not get rate-limited out, I’m paying them 20 bucks a month which, fine, whatever. I am also in a somewhat privileged position. If you’re generating profile photos that same way, people are going to be very hard-pressed to wind up paying more than a couple bucks for it. That’s not where the money is. But solving business problems—and I think you’re onto something with the idea of generative photography of products that are for sale—that has the potential to be incredibly lucrative. It tackles what to most folks is relatively boring, if I can say that, as far as business problems go. And that’s often where a lot of value is locked away.

Raj: I mean, in a way, you can think of generative AI in this space as similar to what cloud providers themselves do. So, the cloud providers themselves afforded much smaller entities the ability to provision large-scale infrastructure without high fixed costs. And in some ways, I know the same applies to this space too. So, now mom-and-pop shop-type people will be able to generate interesting product photos without high fixed costs of photoshoots and Photoshop and so forth. And so, I think in some ways it helps to democratize some of the bigger tools that people have had access to.

Corey: That’s really what it comes down to is these technologies have existed in labs, at least, for a little while. But now, they’re really coming out as interesting, I guess, technical demos, for lack of a better term. But the entire general public is having access to these things. There’s not the requirement that we wind up investing an enormous pile of money in custom hardware and the rest. It feels evocative of the revolution that was cloud computing in its early days. Where suddenly, if I have an idea, I don’t need either build it on a crappy computer under my desk or go buy a bunch of servers and wait eight weeks for them to show up in a rack somewhere. I can just start kicking the tires on it immediately. It’s about democratizing access. That, I think, is the magic pill here.

Raj: Exactly. And the entry point for people who want to do this as a business, so like me, it is a huge hurdle still to get this stuff running, lots of jagged edges, lots of difficulty. And I think that ultimately is going to dissuade huge segments of the population from doing it themselves. They’re going to want completed services. They’re going to want finish product, at least in some consumable form, for their persona.

Corey: What do you think the shaking out of this is going to look like from a cultural perspective? I know that right now everyone’s excited, both in terms of excited about the possibility and shrieking that the sky is falling, that is fairly normal for technical cycles. What does the next phase look like?

Raj: The next phase, unfortunately, is probably going to be a lot of litigation. I think there’s a lot of that on the horizon already. Right? Stability AI’s being sued. I think the courts are going to have to decide, is this stuff above board? You know, the fact that these models have been trained on otherwise copywritten data—copywritten images and music and so forth, that amounts to billions of parameters. How does that translate—how does that affect ages of intellectual property law? I think that’s a question that—it’s an open question. And I don’t think we know.

Corey: Yeah. I wish, on some level, that we could avoid a lot of the unpleasantness. But you’re right. It’s going to come down to a lot of litigation, some of which clearly has a point, on some level.

Raj: For sure.

Corey: But it’s a—but that is, frankly, a matter for the courts. I’m privileged that I don’t have to sit here and worry about this in quite the same way because I am not someone who makes the majority of my income through my creative works. And I am also not on the other side of it where I’ve taken a bunch of other people’s creative output and use that to train a bunch of models. So, I’m very curious to know how that is going to shake out as a society.

Raj: Yeah.

Corey: I think that regulation is also almost certainly on the horizon, on some level. I think that tech has basically burned through 25 years of goodwill at this point. And nobody trusts them to self-regulate. And based upon their track record, I don’t think they should.

Raj: And interestingly, I think that’s actually why Google was caught so flat-footed. Google was so afraid of the ramifications of being first and the downside optics of that, that they got a little complacent. And so, they weren’t sure how the market would react to saying, “Here’s this company that’s known for doing lots of, you know, kind of crazy things with people’s data. And suddenly they come out with this AI thing that has these huge superpowers.” And how does that reflect poorly on them? But it ended up reflecting poorly on them anyway because they ended up being viewed as being very, very late to market. So, yeah. They got pie on their face one way or the other.

Corey: For better or worse, that’s going to be one of those things that haunts them. This is the classic example of the innovator’s dilemma. By becoming so focused on avoiding downside risk and revenue protection, they effectively let their lunch get eaten. I don’t know that there was another choice that they could’ve made. I’m not sitting here saying, “That’s why they're foolish.” But it’s painful. If I’m—I’m in the same position right now. If I decide I want to launch something new and exciting, my downside risk is fairly capped. The world is my theoretical oyster. Same with most small companies. I don’t know about you, what do you right now as a founder, but over here at The Duckbill Group, at no point in the entire history of this company, going back six years now, have we ever sat down for a discussion around, “Okay. If we succeed at this, what are the antitrust implications?” It has never been on our roadmap. It’s—that’s very firmly in the category of great problems to have.

Raj: Really confident companies will eat their own lunch. So, you in fact see AWS do this all the time.

Corey: Yes.

Raj: They will have no problem disrupting themselves. And they’re lots of data points we can talk about to show this. They will disrupt themselves first because they’re afraid of someone else doing it before them.

Corey: And it makes perfect sense. Amazon has always had a—I’d call it a strange culture, but that doesn’t do it enough of a service just because it feels like compared to virtually any other company on the planet, they may as well be an alien organism that has been dropped into the world here. And we see a fair number of times where folks have left Amazon, and they wind up being so immersed in that culture, that they go somewhere else, and “Ah, I’m just going to bring the leadership principles with me.” And it doesn’t work that way. A lot of them do not pan out outside of the very specific culture that Amazon has fostered. Now, I’m not saying that they’re good or that they’re bad. But it is a uniquely Amazonian culture that they have going on there. And those leadership principles are a key part of it. You can transplant that in the same way to other companies.

Raj: Can I tell you one of the funniest things one of these cloud providers has said to me? I’m not going to mention the cloud provider. You may be able to figure out which one anyway, though.

Corey: No. I suspect I have a laundry list to go out of these various, ridiculous things I have heard from companies. Please, I am always willing to add to the list. Hit me with it.

Raj: So, a cloud provider—a big cloud provider, mine you—told me that they wanted Amazon’s culture so bad that they began a thing where during a meeting—before each meeting, everyone would sit quietly and read a paper that was written by someone in the room so they all got on the same page. And that is distinctly an Amazon thing, right? And this is not Amazon that is doing this. This is some other cloud provider. So, people are so desperate for that bit of weirdness that you mentioned inside of Amazon, that they’re willing to replicate some of the movements and the behaviors whole cloth hoping that they can get that same level of culture. But it has to be—it has to be organic. And it has to be at the root. You can’t just take an arm and stick it onto a body and expect it to work, right?

Corey: My last real job before I started this place was at a small, scrappy startup for three months. And then we were bought by an enormous financial company. And one of their stated reasons for doing it was, “Well, we really admire a lot of your startup culture, and we want to, basically, socialize that and adopt that where we are.” Spoiler. This did not happen. It was more or less coming from a perspective, “Well, we visited your offices, and we saw that you had bikes in the entryway and dogs in the office. And well, we went back to our office, and we threw in some bikes and added some dogs, but we didn’t get any different result. What’s the story here?” It’s—you cannot cargo cult bits and pieces of a culture. It has to be something holistic. And let’s be clear, you’re only ever going to be second best at being another company. They’re going to be first place. We saw this a lot in the early-2000s of “We’re going to be the next Yahoo.” It’s—why would I care about that? We already have original Yahoo. The fortune’s faded, but here we are.

Raj: Yeah. Agreed.

Corey: On our last recording, you mentioned that you would be building this out on top of AWS. Is that how it’s panned out? You still are?

Raj: For the most part. For the most part. I’ve dipped my toes into trying to use GPU capacity elsewhere, using things like ECS Anywhere, which is an interesting route. There’s some promise there, but there’s still lots of jagged edges there too. But for the most part, there’s not another cloud provider that really has everything I need from GPU capacity to serverless functions at the edge, to CDNs, to SQL databases. That’s actually a pretty disparate set of things. And there’s not another cloud provider that has literally all of that except AWS at this point.

Corey: So far, positive experience or annoying? Let’s put it that way.

Raj: Some of it’s really, really hard. So, like doing GPUs with generative AI, with containers for instance, is still really, really hard. And the documentation is almost nonexistent. The documentation is wrong. I’ve actually submitted pull requests to fix AWS documentation because a bunch of it is just wrong. So, yeah. It’s hard. Some of it’s really easy. Some it’s really difficult.

Corey: I really want to thank you for taking time to speak about what you’re up to over at Perspect. Where can people go to learn more?

Corey: And we will of course put a link to that in the [show notes 00:30:02]. Thank you so much for being so generous with your time. I appreciate it.

Raj: Any time, Corey.

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