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Hi Johnwayne,

There are perhaps one of every 50 software engineer in the US with capabilities to build machine learning models

Actually this can be a pinching point for Upstart, a lot more than competition or TAM at this stage. To remain competitive, it will have to recruit talent such as this, and it doesn't come cheap. Last I checked, these people come with a middle 6-figures annual price tag. This talent is in high demand and scarce, as it is a demanding (and demanded) field.

They have at present 15 openings for machine learning specialists. I am not sure this has to grow commensurately with the company size though, as at some point adding machine learning specialists will not improve the models by much.

Good things are, (i) coming from big G the management knows that, (ii) a startup is more exciting than a tech behemoth. So Upstart has its chances to attract top talent.
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