Jerome Pesenti, the former vice president of AI at Meta, has recently launched Sizzle, a ground-breaking AI-powered learning app that does more than provide answers.
Unlike its contemporaries such as Photomath and Symbolab, Sizzle is not limited to math. It extends its capabilities to physics, chemistry, and biology and caters to various academic levels, from Middle School to College.
The app distinguishes itself by guiding students through problem-solving rather than simply supplying answers. This feature serves to educate rather than enable cheating, a common criticism for AI-powered learning tools.
"After leaving Meta, my aim was to create a tool that could universally assist students, regardless of their background," Pesenti told TechCrunch. "The opportunity to leverage AI for social impact through education was irresistible."
Sizzle comes with four new features including the ability to grade assignments, offer multiple solutions, regenerate steps, and upload photos of problems. The "Grade Your Homework" function provides detailed feedback, while the "Try a Different Approach" feature allows students to explore alternative solutions.
With over 20,000 downloads since its August launch and an average rating of 4.6 stars on both the App Store and Google Play, Sizzle is already making waves. The startup has also secured $7.5M in seed funding from Owl Ventures, 8VC, and FrenchFounders.
Though Sizzle is free to use, the company plans to introduce premium features and in-app purchases. The free version, which provides step-by-step problem-solving, will remain available to users.
Sizzle stands out not just for its AI-powered capabilities but also for its mission to change the way students engage with educational technology. As AI continues to evolve, the role it plays in shaping future learning experiences will be more crucial than ever. With Sizzle, Jerome Pesenti is paving the way for a new generation of AI-empowered learning.