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The Red-Hot AI Startup Anthropic Has Hauled in Billions at Lightning Speed

Generative AI has set off a gold rush among investors, and Anthropic is mining that gold at a staggering rate.
Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei
Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei
  • Anthropic is an AI startup that makes a chatbot called Claude. It was founded in 2021.
  • In 2022, Anthropic raised a total of $7.3 billion in funding across 5 deals. This is an extraordinarily large amount for such a young startup.
  • Investors include Google, Amazon, Salesforce, and Menlo Ventures.
  • The deals often involved the investors providing services and resources (like cloud computing) in addition to cash, essentially funneling some of the investment back to themselves.
  • Anthropic’s valuation has tripled to $15 billion in just over a year. Its revenue is also growing rapidly.
  • The large, complex deals reflect the frenzied competition among investors to get a piece of the hottest AI startups like Anthropic and OpenAI. They want to benefit if the technology proves transformational.
  • The FTC is investigating whether the deals by Google and Amazon violate antitrust laws.
  • Anthropic will likely continue raising more money as it seeks to refine and expand its AI technology.

Anthropic’s Stunning $7.3 Billion AI Fundraising Spree

Anthropic, a young AI startup founded in 2021, has experienced absolutely explosive growth over the past year. The company has developed a reputation as one of the hottest players in the generative AI space thanks to its chatbot Claude.

In an incredibly short period of time, Anthropic has raised a jaw-dropping $7.3 billion in funding across just 5 separate deals. To put that into perspective, most startups only raise money every year or two, typically in the millions or tens of millions. But investors have been practically tripping over themselves to throw billions at Anthropic.

This breakneck pace of mammoth fundraising rounds has allowed Anthropic’s valuation to skyrocket from $1 billion to $15 billion in barely over a year. The company’s monthly revenue is also multiplying rapidly already.

Much of the money has come from tech titans like Google, Amazon, and Salesforce. But the deals have been highly complex, with the investors providing more than just cash. For example, as part of the agreements, Anthropic commits to using the investors’ cloud computing services and chips to build and run its AI products. So in a way, the investors are funneling money right back to themselves.


Experts say this white-hot competition among investors to back the top AI startups shows how much promise and hype currently surrounds generative AI. The technology is seen as potentially enormously lucrative and transformational if leaders like Anthropic and OpenAI can commercialize it successfully. So investors are falling over themselves to get a piece of the action early.

However, the deals have also attracted regulatory scrutiny. The FTC is currently probing whether antitrust laws may have been violated by the arrangements with Google and Amazon.

But even with billions banked already, Anthropic will likely keep its foot on the fundraising gas pedal. Developing cutting-edge AI requires massive computational resources, so the company will need to keep tapping investors as it pushes to refine and expand its technology even further. The AI gold rush is clearly just getting started.

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Jessica Wong
Jessica Wong

Jessica Wong is a data scientist and author with a flair for demystifying AI concepts. Known for making complex topics accessible. Aiming to bridge the AI knowledge gap.