Google invests $300M in AI agency beforehand funded by Sam Bankman-Fried

Google Cloud has reportedly invested $300 million into synthetic intelligence (AI) startup agency Anthropic, which additionally occurred to obtain over $500 million in funds from former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried about six months earlier than FTX catastrophically collapsed.

Whereas the $300 million determine was reported by Monetary Occasions on Feb. 4, Anthropic confirmed the funding partnership with Google Cloud on the identical day regardless of not disclosing any figures:

In the identical announcement, Anthropic additionally confirmed that they beforehand raised capital from Bankman-Fried and former Alameda Analysis CEO Caroline Ellison, amongst others, in its Collection B fundraising spherical:

The Collection B spherical was led by Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX. The spherical additionally included participation from Caroline Ellison, Jim McClave, Nishad Singh, Jaan Tallinn, and the Middle for Rising Threat Analysis (CERR).”

The fundraising efforts led by Bankman-Fried happened in April, 2022, in keeping with Crunchbase.

A latest put up by The New York Occasions reported that of the $580 million raised, about $530 million got here from Bankman-Fried and his former enterprise companions.

However some imagine the determine to be even increased too.

One FTX creditor believes Bankman-Fried’s stake within the AI firm could possibly be as excessive as $1.1 billion. Nevertheless, the creditor did not elaborate on the determine.

Different members of the Crypto Twitter neighborhood are additionally speculating whether or not Bankman-Fried’s stake can be used to repay the large pile of debt that FTX has amassed from their latest controversies. 

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As for the partnership, Anthropic will now make the most of Google Cloud’s GPU and TPU clusters to coach, develop, and implement its AI chatbox, referred to as “Claude” — much like that of OpenAI’s ChatGTP.

Google Cloud obtained a few 10% stake in Anthropic, in keeping with Monetary Occasions.

Whereas it stays to be seen the place the majority of the debt within the FTX chapter case can be sourced from, Bankman-Fried personally pleaded not guiltty to all eight fraud and conspiracy-based costs laid towards him on Jan. 3.

Bankman-Fried at the moment stays underneath home arrest at his mum or dad’s California dwelling till his trial date, which is about for Oct. 2, 2023.

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