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AI startup roundup: Anthropic raises $580M, harnessing influencers
by Ben Wodecki
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Startup: Anthropic is a San Francisco-based company that is attempting to build better explainable AI. Founded by Dario Amodei, formerly OpenAI’s VP of research.
Latest funding: $580 million, series B
Lead investor: Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and CEO of FTX
Other investors: The Center for Emerging Risk Research, former Skype engineer Jaan Tallinn, Nishad Singh, director of engineering at FTX, Caroline Ellison, co-CEO at Alameda Research, and Infotech Consulting CEO and founder Jim McClave
Funding plans: The startup will use the funds to continue its research, including exploring predictable scaling properties of machine learning systems.
Startup: Accern provides AI-powered apps and NLP models so companies can analyze online conversations related to their brand
Latest funding: $20 million, series B
Lead investors: Mighty Capital, Fusion Fund
Other investors: Tribe Capital, Shasta Ventures, Gaingels
Funding plans: others. The newly secured capital will go towards expanding into new markets and R&D on Accern’s AI technologies.
Startup: Synthesis AI is a San Francisco-based company develops synthetic data tools designed to build computer vision AI models.
Latest funding: $17 million, series A
Lead investor: 468 Capital
Other investors: Sorenson Ventures, Strawberry Creek Ventures, Bee Partners, PJC, iRobot Boom Capital, Kubera Venture Capital
Funding plans: Synthesis will use the funds to hire new staff, expand its research and introduce new products designed to build more advanced computer vision models − faster.
Startup: Mavrck is a software company that has built an Influencer Marketing Platform designed to automate influencer and marketing functions.