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It’s been five years since I founded Pinecone. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than by announcing that well-known and proven tech leaders Lauren Nemeth and Bob Muglia have joined the company as chief operating officer (COO) and board member, respectively. This comes on the heels of the recent general availability of our flagship offering, Pinecone serverless, a state-of-the-art vector database designed to make generative artificial intelligence (AI) accurate, fast, and scalable.

As the demand for generative AI has rapidly grown across organizations of all sizes and industries, so has the need to deliver more accurate and reliable applications. Our research shows that the most effective method to improve the quality of generative AI results and reduce hallucinations is by using a vector database for retrieval-augmented generation (RAG). Gartner® predicts that “by 2026, more than 30% of enterprises will have adopted vector databases, which is a significant increase from fewer than 2% today” and “more than 70% of generative AI natural language processing (NLP) use cases for questions and answers, will leverage vector databases to ‘ground’ the AI foundation models.” [1]

The addition of Lauren Nemeth as Pinecone COO will catalyze the company’s mission to build and bring knowledgeable AI to organizations around the world. Lauren brings over twenty years of experience building world-class developer- and enterprise-led sales motions from pre-revenue to public companies such as Twilio, AppNexus, and Google. In her role as Chief Operating Officer for Pinecone, Lauren now leads the Sales, Field Engineering, Marketing, Growth, and Partnership functions globally. Lauren most recently served as the Chief Revenue Officer at Twilio where she led all go-to-market functions globally, directly managing a team of two thousand employees and generating over $4B in revenue.

In Lauren’s words:

“I have spent the majority of my career helping developers and enterprise companies innovate. Pinecone is already the leading vector database but there are still so many companies we can help build truly innovative generative AI experiences. I look forward to working closely with our customers, prospects, and partners to deliver meaningful business impact and improved customer experiences.”

Bob Muglia is no stranger to Pinecone in his capacity as an investor and advisor. A seasoned technology investor and business executive, Bob is a former CEO of Snowflake and past president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division. As an author and a leader, Bob focuses on how innovation and ethical values can merge to shape the Data Economy's future in the era of AI.

In Bob’s words:

“I have witnessed Pinecone mature up close and believe now, more than ever, in its future as a pivotal player in the AI ecosystem. As an industry, we have barely scratched the surface of what generative AI has to offer. Pinecone is delivering state-of-the-art capabilities that enable companies to deliver the safest and most accurate AI possible. I’m thrilled to join the Board and expand my role at Pinecone.”

It’s a real testament to the importance of Pinecone’s mission that Lauren and Bob joined the team. Their track record of success speaks for itself. I am delighted to have people of their caliber and integrity around the table. They will help us grow and accelerate our journey to make knowledgeable AI.

[1] Gartner, Innovation Insight: Vector Databases, Arun Chandrasekaran, Radu Miclaus, 4 September 2023

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