Elon Musk’s xAI In $6bn Funding Round Valuing It At $24bn

Elon Musk artificial intelligence start-up xAI has raised funds from major venture capital firms Lightspeed Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital and Tribe Capital in a round that values the company at $24 billion (£18.8bn) including the new funds, the company said in a Sunday blog post.

The firms have joined a funding round in which xAI raised $6bn in negotiations that began last year.

The deal values xAI at about $18bn in pre-money figures that do not include the new funding, Musk said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

xAI said the funding would be used to bring its first products to market, build advanced infrastructure and accelerate research and developmenet of future technologies.

Image credit: xAI

‘Truth-seeking’

“There will be more to announce in the coming weeks,” Musk said in another post on X.

The start-up, which is playing catch-up to tech giants such as Google and well-funded start-ups such as Microsoft-backed OpenAI, was marketed to investors with a pitch deck touting Musk’s success with Tesla and SpaceX, reports have previously said.

The pitch argued xAI will have advantages over rivals through its connections to other Musk companies, including high-quality data from X, formerly Twitter, for use in training its large language model (LLM).

Musk has said he wants xAI, whose first product is the Grok chatbot, to be as “truth-seeking” as possible and has criticised competitors for being too politically correct.

Speaking via a remote interview at the Viva Technology conference in Paris last week, he said another goal for xAI was to “try to be the funniest AI”.

Investor rush

When xAI was first reported to be seeking new funding late last year its target figure was only $1bn.

AI start-ups raised $19.15bn in venture capital funding in the first quarter, up from $16.36bn in the same quarter a year earlier, according to PitchBook, amidst a rush of investor enthusiasm for the technology following the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in late 2022.

When xAI was first reported to be seeking funding in January, Musk said in a post on X, “xAI is not raising capital and I have had no conversations with anyone in this regard.”

Matthew Broersma

Matt Broersma is a long standing tech freelance, who has worked for Ziff-Davis, ZDnet and other leading publications

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