The Example Engine: How Exa Is Creating the AI Librarian for the Web with Will Bryk, CEO of Exa

Nathan and Will Bryk discuss's advanced search capabilities, AI methods, and their unique vector database in this insightful episode.


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In this episode, Nathan sits down with Will Bryk, CEO of They discuss how Exa enables complex, research-based searches that differ from traditional keyword-based search, how their AI uses neural and non-neural methods, why they are using their own vector database, and more. Try the Brave search API for free for up to 2000 queries per month at


@WilliamBryk (William)
@labenz (Nathan)
@ExaAILabs (Exa)


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(00:00:00) - Preview
(00:01:52) - Exploring the landscape of information retrieval tools
(00:14:19) - Exa: AI librarian for the web
(00:15:32) - Sponsors: Netsuite | Omneky
(00:16:57) - AI Project Ideas
(00:22:26) - What does search built for AI mean?
(00:25:40) - Ranking with neural and non-neural methods
(00:28:46) - Sponsors: Brave | On Deck
(00:33:13) - Best practices for Exa prompting
(00:34:01) - The power of keyword search
(00:37:26) - Breaking down complex queries
(00:34:37) - The evolution of search engines
(00:39:53) - The business side of Exa
(00:40:17) - The challenges of building a web scale index
(00:39:53) - The business side of Exa
(00:50:59) - Vector DBs
(00:58:17) - Company culture and core values at Exa

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