The new round values the company at $1.4 billion. Other investors include Walden Catalyst, Pitango, SCB10X, b2venture, Samsung Next and Professor Amnon Shashua. AI21 has raised $283 million to date, according to the company.
The new round is just the latest huge raise in the AI space. It will be used by AI21 to grow its text-based generative AI services for enterprises.
AI21 competes with the likes of generative AI powerhouses OpenAI and Anthropic. The startup has its own proprietary large language models, called Jurassic-2. Those models help power the company’s developer platform for building custom text-based business applications and its multilingual reading and writing AI assistant.
Corporates paying up
Having big names like Google and Nvidia as investors is nothing new for generative AI companies, as that has been the norm since the craze started in January with news of Microsoft’s massive $10 billion investment into OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT.
Just over two weeks ago, Anthropic announced it had raised a $100 million round from SK Telecom, as South Korea’s largest telco looks to grow its AI-related telecommunications business. As part of the deal, the San Francisco-based AI startup will build a large language model customized for telcos.
It looks like big tech will not be left behind in the AI game, even if that means placing multiple bets.
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