Brent Hamby — Why I Joined Hebbia

Hebbia
3 min readDec 6, 2023

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I am thrilled to announce that I have recently relocated to New York City to join Hebbia as the VP of Engineering. This marks the next chapter in my career. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the journey ahead!

Technology & Product

Hebbia was established in 2020 by George Sivulka during his time as a PhD student at Stanford. With his expertise spanning machine learning, mathematics, and engineering, George launched the first-to-market LLM document search and productivity tool. Over the years, this foundation has shaped the overarching vision of Hebbia’s product.

Drawing from my background in search, I’ve been deeply intrigued by the transformative potential of AI in information retrieval. Hebbia stands at the forefront of this evolution, leading the charge in revolutionizing AI-powered productivity tools tailored to the needs of knowledge workers. Having spent the past two decades working in Silicon Valley for various disruptive companies, I can confidently assert that Hebbia possesses the unrivaled potential to define an entirely new industry, supported by a team of exceptional talent.

Although the platform is general purpose, we are targeting financial services as our first vertical. The world’s smartest investors are spending 20+ hours per week searching for answers in data rooms, poring over dense, lengthy documents. Our product enables investors to make decisions 10X faster and 10X more accurately.

Hebbia offers a secure platform for uploading your data corpus, utilizing end-to-end encryption for utmost data protection. With Hebbia, you can seamlessly search, communicate, and create reports across your data corpus, all while maintaining a high level of security. The generative insights provided also include proper citations and source material highlighting. Most recently, we introduced our Matrix product, a groundbreaking LLM native spreadsheet, enabling users to swiftly construct matrixed reports based on their data corpus.

This represents a significant technological shift in the realm of knowledge work, transforming the entire user experience and redefining the way we approach knowledge-based tasks.

Having spent the past two decades working in Silicon Valley for various disruptive companies, I can confidently assert that Hebbia possesses the unrivaled potential to define an entirely new industry, supported by a team of exceptional talent.

The onboarding experience has been great. Our team is small but also brimming with exceptional talent and motivation, allowing us to take significant ownership of our work. What’s truly impressive is the seamless collaboration within the team, as we closely align ourselves with both the business and sales teams, driven by an unwavering commitment to our customers.

Our work environment is the stunning SoHo office, which has brought a breath of fresh air to our daily routines. Personally, returning to in-person work has been incredibly invigorating and beneficial on a human level. I genuinely believe that the progress we’re achieving would not be possible if we were working remotely. The culture here is dynamic and full of excitement, with everyone at Hebbia running hard and giving their all. This fast-paced atmosphere is complemented by a blend of compassion and cogency.

Strong Backing

With the initial business focus on financial services, Hebbia’s impressive technology and traction got a 30 million dollar Series A from Index Ventures in September of 2022. Other investors include Radical Ventures, Peter Thiel, Jerry Yang, and Ram Shriram.

Special thanks to George Sivulka, Swetha Revanur, Dave Morse, Ahmed Alashwah and Mike Volpi for their thoughtful support through the process. I am grateful for the opportunity, and excited to be working with such an amazing group of people.

If you’d like to chat about the future of AI, search, technology, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

We’re hiring across the board — come build with us!

careers.hebbia.ai

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