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OpenAI Competitor Mistral AI Nabs $487M Round, Hitting $2B Valuation

AI startups apparently are going to end the year the same way they began it — raising huge amounts of cash.

Paris-based Mistral AI, an OpenAI and Anthropic competitor, is putting the final touches on a massive round of approximately $487 million that would value the company at $2 billion, per a Bloomberg report.

The round was first reported in October, with the round being around $300 million.

Per the new report, the round will include approximately $350 million in equity from investors led by Andreessen Horowitz — which is expected to invest more than $200 million. Other investors in the round include General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Bpifrance.

In addition, both Nvidia and Salesforce 1agreed to contribute about $130 million in convertible debt to the deal.

The raise comes just about six months after the startup — which is developing an open-source large language model — raised a seed round worth approximately $111 million led by Lightspeed Venture Partners.

More big money

The round is just the latest massive one raised by a competitor of OpenAI, who itself raised the largest U.S.-based startup funding round this year — a $10 billion deal from Microsoft.

San Francisco-based Anthropic raised several rounds throughout the year, totaling more than $2.6 billion, from investors including Amazon and Google.

In June, Palo Alto, California-based Inflection AI locked up a huge $1.3 billion round led by Microsoft, Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and new investor Nvidia, which valued Inflection AI at $4 billion, according to Forbes. The startup is building what it says will be the “largest AI cluster in the world.”

In November, another European startup raised a big sum as Germany-based Aleph Alpha raised a $500 million Series B led by Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence, Bosch Ventures and the companies of Schwarz Group. Founded in 2019, Aleph Alpha allows companies to develop and deploy large language and multimodal models.

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Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama, a lifelong enthusiast of Artificial Intelligence, has been exploring technology and the digital realm since childhood. Known for his creative thinking, he's dedicated to improving AI experiences for all, making him a respected figure in the field. His passion, curiosity, and creativity drive advancements in the AI world.
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