This is Part Two of our interview with Vishal Rai (https://www.crunchbase.com/person/vishal-rai), CEO and co-founder of Acellere (http://www.acellere.com/). You can find Part One here: https://www.startuprad.io/exclusive/vishal-accellere-part-1-state-of-digital-entrepeneurship-in-germany/
In part two of our interview, we talk about what Acellere does. The startup offers now a tool called Gamma (https://mygamma.io/), which is like auto correct for coding. It hints in real time at coding problems and uses AI to make suggestions on how to fix it.
Acellere also offers an open source version. If you contribute to this open source version and help to make Acellere better – You can use the tool free for life! Tune in to learn more.
“Our mission is to help people write better software”
“Gamma is like Google Search for potential coding problems. The longer you work with it, the better it gets.”
War and Peace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace
A Midsummer Night’s Dream https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream
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Joe: Hello, and welcome everybody this is Joe from startuprad.io once again here at Acellere with my lovely guest.
Vishal: Hi, I’m Vishal again. Good to be back with you guys.
Joe: Yeah, we have been talking a lot about how it is here in Germany. How you see the German startup landscape, startup scene in general so far and let’s talk a little bit about what a company actually does.
Vishal: So what we do is we have this intelligent software analytics platform, it’s called Gamma and it just helps you write better software. And the way we do it is we spend almost seven years in research and development of our algorithms and we believe that in the coming days… It’s not even in the future, one software is going to be very important and I took the example that’s going to be in our bodies in five years. And the second is good software developers are going to be very rare or expensive.
Joe: They already are but the more specific you get with your demand, with your requirements for what the person should do. The fewer people there are even speaking globally, right?
Joe: You can only have like a handful of specialists in any given subject.
Vishal: Exactly, so how do you solve it? So you, with our technology you can be good in programming but if you use our technology in your software development process you become a super programmer. So we are…through our technology we are bridging the skill gap in companies so that people can write software and you don’t have to be you know Steve Wozniak. Or you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg in terms of the coding skills online, you can be who you are and through our technology you can write better code, better software. That’s what we do. It has the ability to find very hard problem it’s almost like an auto correct for codes. When you’re writing program it finds problems in real time and even better using A.I and machine learning it starts telling you how to fix the problems. So you do not need to depend on the next person, you can be who you are and that’s… it’s very easy to use so you don’t have to be an expert to use. And that’s our mission, our mission is to help people write better software and reduce the dependencies of people on the development task.
Joe: And how would I need to visualize it, how it works. So I’m sitting here writing my code then I have to go through your machine, your tools?
Vishal: So, it… you don’t even have to go through it so what it does is it plugs into your development environment. It plugs in to your software repository so whether you have (unclear 03:08) or BitBucket these are standard software repositories. And as you write code and you check it in or even if you don’t check it in it plugs into your IDE, it finds problems based on intelligent algorithm that we have invented and for some of them applied for pattern as well. And it starts finding hotspots because that’s what it does, it’s almost like Google search, when you search for say, find a restaurant near me. You may have misspelled restaurant, you may have misspelled near me but Google understands the context of what you’re trying to do based on certain aspects. We don’t do all that creepy stuff sometimes but we do it on call software engineering principles and we tell you okay, this piece of… this class. This method or these couple of classes are going to create an issue, this issue can impact your maintainability, it could impact your robustness but don’t worry press this button and we’ll tell you how to fix it. And this gets better the more you work with it, it’s almost like Siri or Alexa and eventually it comes a time it almost becomes your body. It becomes the body of every team, it becomes the body of a new project, any management people. Because it also has very strong visualizations because that’s one thing we were very surprised why aren’t beautiful tools made for engineers. And I think karma is a tool that has a lot of strong visual elements which can make complex software easily understandable by anybody, I think that’s just… that’s the other important thing. Transparency because software is going to be in your body in five years and you really need to know how good it is. And you can do that through Gamma, so it’s… that’s the direction we’re going.
Joe: There like a YouTube video or something on this?
Vishal: We are just developing the YouTube video, we launched the product in…it really went live in January. We have some global customers, cooperate customers using it but we are… we have a video, we have a website it’s there you can use it, it’s on the cloud and we’re developing it. I mean we would…yeah we want to get the word out so YouTube videos, social media channels are going to be very important for us.
Joe: And whoever listens to this audio-only podcast because my camera died on me unfortunately, go down in the show notes either if it’s on our website, on Facebook, on YouTube. Go down there and you’ll find a link to get to your tool.
Vishal: Perfect. Great, yeah just use it and in fact, we have an open source version. So if you develop for open source, you can register for the product you know you can use it online for free, for life. That’s our way of giving back to the community if you are giving back an open source piece you know if you’re developing and contributing to the open source. You can use Gamma to check your software to ensure its good quality for free, for life.
Joe: Does it work with any software like any programming language and for example if you do some like ABAP coding for SAP? Would it work as well?
Vishal: In theory yes, so right now the languages we support are all the modern programming languages, CC+, Java, Java script, Phython, Go, Type script, PHP and we honestly haven’t got a request for ABAP. But if a customer wanted support for ABAP we could do that too, that’s the beauty of the technology. We’ve developed it from the first principles of software engineering from the world of objectory, the world of procedure programming. And therefore our algorithms can easily be applied to different languages because most of the programming languages come from these schools.
Joe: And now a question because I know there are some old software out there. Can you go like back in time and support languages like Cobalt?
Vishal: As I said in theory, yes.
Joe: In theory, yes.
Vishal: Because for us all we need to do is support Cobalt or the passers or the assembly’s or the compilers and build a support for the language. But we haven’t done that yet, we have some large cooperates who are in conversations with us and we might support it by the time maybe this interviews live. But today it’s not supported.
Joe: I see, I think we talked enough of your view of Germany in part number one of this interview. If you have not heard it go down in the show notes and listen to it and what I would now like to do is to do a little wrap up so first, question like going back like fifteen years. What is the most important things you would have loved to tell yourself when you could go by fifteen years and tell you there’s one important thing what would it be? Be more careful, be more brave, be more whatever.
Vishal: I think there’s one thing that I would have said is I should have left my cooperate job earlier and started my company much earlier than I did today. Because I think entrepreneurship is amazing, it’s almost like a movie, it has highs, it has lows and we all have one life. And I think we should really do something meaningful in our life and (unclear 08:46) everyone is a superhero or everyone is going to save the world. But I think that’s one thing I would have told myself, quit your job early and start Acellere now and not wait for another…
I think entrepreneurship is amazing, it’s almost like a movie, it has highs, it has lows and we all have one life
Joe: Okay, I see. And I’d like to throw this question to some of my interview partners. If you could describe yourself either with the title of a movie, a book or a combination of both what would it be and why? He’s smiling, he’s thinking.
Vishal: Movies have sequels, books change but if there was one book-movie combination that I think…
Joe: I once talked about me and I said I’m a combination of Forrest Gump and Thinking brain.
Vishal: I think I would probably say… I think mine would be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. The life is all about ups and downs and I think it’s a fun way to reflect on how you are. You are at… you know you’re always going through this so it’s a combination of War and Peace and a very bit of Shakespeare, so I would say a Mid-summer night dream. That would be…
Joe: That’s interesting, an epic work by a Russian writer spanning I think almost a thousand characters, I read it and the third through I lost track of the character so I had to take notes to be able to understand it. And combined with William Shakespeare, a play where fantasy creatures wreak havoc on a magic forest that’s a really interesting combination, I got to admit it.
Vishal: Sometimes you just look back in life and think it’s just magic, how things happen. It’s just completely super exciting and that’s where I tell everybody just power through you know. If you’re going through tough times it will…things will change like magic. And if you’re going through great time’s things will go bad so just taliho and it’s going to be okay.
Joe: Great, amazing interview. Thank you very much greatly appreciate it and when I get a new camera. Maybe in the winter, I come back and we do another video interview.
Vishal: Thank you so much.
Joe: Well this was an attempted video anyway.
Vishal: I see.
Joe: As you can hear you’re not seeing anything right.
Vishal: We’re sitting in a nice beautiful island in the Caribbean.
Joe: I wish. Okay, thank you so much.
Vishal: Thank you.
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