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Perhaps starts with US$1.7 million to integrate AI into multiple work tools.
José Caparroso from Forbes
July 7, 2024

Gonzalo Enei, co-founder of Perhaps, revealed to Forbes the details of the company, which, although founded in Chile, will have its main operation in San Francisco (United States). Perhaps, a Chilean startup, aims to be the intersection of human capabilities and AI technology, after raising a pre-seed investment round of US$1.75 million, backed by Hi Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners.

Founded by Gonzalo Enei, Joaquín Ossandón, and Ignacio Soffia, all early employees of Fintual, an investment fintech, Perhaps aims to transform how work teams interact with Large Language Models (LLMs). The team brings experience in product development, design, and AI technology, with the intention of leading AI-integrated workspaces with Perhaps.

“We are Chilean, we met at Fintual, the wealth management fintech that operates in Chile and Mexico,” explained Gonzalo Enei, co-founder of Perhaps, in an interview with Forbes. “With Ignacio, we were in growth and design, and we felt we had a very good relationship. There, after arriving, we began to explore the idea of finally doing something on our own. That’s where we started; we met Joaquín, and he got excited about entrepreneurship.”

Perhaps is currently in a closed beta phase, involving a diverse group of users from both Chile and the United States. The startup’s workspace is designed to facilitate seamless collaboration between humans and AI by integrating essential tools and applications, enabling tasks such as drafting emails from Gmail threads or creating manuals from GitHub repositories.

“We are living through a technological revolution. With advances in GenAI, new product functionalities are opening up that are helping us rethink many things. We will use this capital to move faster. We are sure we are doing something interesting. This translates into having many more engineering resources, paying for the models we use, and establishing an office in San Francisco, United States,” added Enei. “Many entrepreneurs are returning to San Francisco, many people working in software, many investors. AI is bringing a resurgence to San Francisco. The relationships and technical support here are the most advanced in the world.”

Perhaps’ workspace includes a functional browser that allows users to log into any web tool within their workflow, facilitating AI access and use of this information.

“People often find themselves switching between applications and assistants to provide context. These interruptions add up, particularly for frequent AI users,” said Enei. “We are creating a workspace where all necessary applications and pages are connected and accessible to AI, a crucial element for this new era.”

Perhaps has developed its own protocol that allows servers to generate updates directly on the canvas, enabling AI to act as an equal participant with human users. This approach is designed to eliminate friction and help knowledge workers maximize their productivity with AI, potentially increasing their efficiency tenfold.

“We are delighted to support founders working on the application layer of AI. There is significant potential to rethink existing solutions in light of the AI revolution,” said Jimena Pardo, partner at Hi Ventures.

The productivity software market, valued at US$76 billion in 2023, is rapidly evolving as AI tools transition from standalone products to comprehensive service suites. Perhaps believes it is well-positioned to address the growing demand for AI-enhanced productivity tools, with an estimated 100 million knowledge workers worldwide and a billion potential users globally.

Perhaps co-founders: Gonzalo Enei, Ignacio Soffia, and Joaquín Ossandón

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Perhaps starts with US$1.7 million to integrate AI into multiple work tools.