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Turi CEO Carlos Guestrin.
Turi CEO Carlos Guestrin.

Turi, formerly Dato, today released the newest version of its GraphLab Create platform and several other features designed to make it easier to add machine learning features to applications.

The new version of GraphLab Create includes a toolkit that allows sales, marketing and other teams to predict which potential clients are likely to take an action like subscribing to a service. The GraphLab update also includes a new object detection toolkit and a way to explore and evaluate models without writing more code.

“Not everyone is comfortable putting a predictive model into production, not even data scientists,” Carlos Guestrin, CEO of Turi, said in a statement. “Today we’re addressing the need for trustworthy machine learning with new ‘views’ that let our customers visualize the performance of their models before they’re deployed.”

One of the new features, Turi Distributed, allows machine learning jobs to be spread across a cluster of machines.


Founded by University of Washington computer science professor Guestrin in 2013, Turi was originally named GraphLab. It rebranded as Dato in early 2015. Later that year, the company found itself in a trademark infringement argument with fellow tech startup Datto and was forced to rebrand again.

The company raised $18.5 million in venture funding from Madrona Venture Group, NEA, Vulcan and others in January 2015, at the same time that it announced its initial name change to Dato.

Turi is one of several Seattle-area companies developing machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. Some say the region is poised to be an epicenter for both industries.

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