AI Firm Anthropic Raises $300M From Google
Reports said that the artificial intelligence (AI) firm Anthropic has raised $300 million from Google and sources say that the tech giant will get roughly a 10% stake in the AI company.
It has been reported that in April 2022, Anthropic raised approximately $500 million from sources including Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), co-founder of FTX; Caroline Ellison, former CEO of Alameda; Nishad Singh, former director of engineering at FTX; and several others.
However, after the launch of Chatgpt and Microsoft’s investment in Openai, the AI competition has intensified. Anthropic, an AI safety and research company, has raised $300 million from Google.
According to The Financial Times (FT), three sources familiar with the deal reported that Google will receive a 10% stake in Anthropic. The sources stated that the capital will be used to fund computing resources.
The report said that Anthropic also provided information about the subject on the company’s website. The AI firm’s announcement page states that it has chosen Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider. “The partnership is designed for the companies to collaborate in developing AI computing systems,” the announcement says.
Likewise, “Anthropic will utilize Google Cloud’s advanced GPU and TPU clusters to train, expand, and implement its AI systems.” Like Chatgpt, Anthropic is an AI firm that is developing an AI assistant called “Claude,” which aims to utilize steerable AI techniques and safety enhancements.
The same announcement page, below the Google announcement, reveals that the firm raised capital from Sam Bankman-Fried, the former co-founder of FTX. “The Series B round was led by Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX. The round also included participation from Caroline Ellison, Jim McClave, Nishad Singh, Jaan Tallinn, and the Center for Emerging Risk Research (CERR),” the Anthropic announcement made in April 2022 explains.
Thus, reports suggest that of the $580 million raised, Bankman-Fried and his associates contributed at least $500 million to Anthropic. The crypto community has been discussing Bankman-Fried’s investment in the AI firm.