Startup Showcase: Dessa – Pushing the Boundaries of Applied Machine Learning Responsibly

Toronto-based startup Dessa is on a mission to stretch the limits of what can be achieved with applied machine learning responsibly. Founded in 2016, the company has quickly established itself as a leader in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), working with some of the world’s largest companies across a range of industries. In this Startup Showcase, we take a closer look at what sets Dessa apart, and how the company is making a real difference in the world of machine learning.

Pushing the Boundaries of Applied Machine Learning Responsibly

Dessa’s slogan, “Pushing the Boundaries of Applied Machine Learning Responsibly,” is a powerful statement of intent that encapsulates the company’s approach to AI. Dessa is committed to advancing technology in a way that is responsible to the people, organizations, and places it is built for. The company believes that responsible AI is not only good for society, but also good for business. By creating AI solutions that are transparent, ethical, and trustworthy, Dessa is helping to build a more equitable and sustainable future.

Building Real-World AI Solutions

Dessa got its start building real-world AI solutions for some of the world’s largest companies, including banks and telecommunications firms. The company’s experience in building practical, scalable AI solutions gives it a unique perspective on the challenges facing the industry. With this expertise, Dessa has developed Foundations, a machine learning engineering product that helps practitioners solve some of the field’s biggest technical challenges, including reproducibility and explainability.

Foundations: Building the Future of Machine Learning

Foundations is a powerful machine learning engineering platform that is designed to make it easier for practitioners to build and deploy high-quality AI solutions. The platform is focused on design, with a user interface that is intuitive and easy to use. By taking form and function into account in equal measure, Dessa has created a tool that practitioners actually want to use in their day-to-day workflows. Foundations is designed to be modular, so practitioners can pick and choose the components they need to build their AI solutions. This flexibility makes Foundations a powerful tool for a wide range of applications, from natural language processing to computer vision.

Building Things with Machine Learning that are Wildly Impactful

In addition to building practical AI solutions, Dessa also likes to push the boundaries of what is possible with machine learning. The company’s team of curious builders has created a number of projects that are less practical but still wildly impactful. One of these projects is a life-like AI facsimile of Joe Rogan’s voice, which was created using Dessa’s machine learning tools. While this project may seem frivolous, it demonstrates the power and potential of machine learning in a very tangible way.


Dessa is a company that is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with applied machine learning, while remaining committed to responsible AI. With its powerful machine learning engineering platform, Foundations, Dessa is helping practitioners solve some of the biggest technical challenges in the field. At the same time, the company is exploring the full potential of machine learning, and creating projects that are both exciting and impactful. By doing all of this with a focus on responsibility and ethics, Dessa is setting a new standard for the industry.




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