Scale AI Raises $1B, Doubling Valuation to $13.8B

Scale AI Raises $1B, Doubling Valuation to $13.8B

Scale AI Raises $1B, Doubling Valuation to $13.8B

Scale AI, a data-labeling startup integral to machine learning, has secured $1 billion in a Series F funding round, pushing its valuation to $13.8 billion.

This round includes prominent investors like Amazon and Meta, among others.

This latest funding round is a mix of primary and secondary investments, underscoring the ongoing surge in AI investments. Notably, Amazon recently invested $4 billion in Anthropic, a competitor to OpenAI. Other companies such as Mistral AI and Perplexity are also raising significant funds, reflecting the escalating interest and competition in the AI sector.

Previously, Scale AI had raised approximately $600 million, including a $325 million Series E round in 2021 that valued the company at $7 billion. Despite facing challenges, including a 20% workforce reduction last year, Scale AI’s valuation has nearly doubled, indicating robust investor confidence.

The Series F round was led by Accel, a consistent investor in Scale AI since its Series A. Additional participants include the venture arms of Cisco, Intel, AMD, and ServiceNow, alongside DFJ Growth, WCM, and Elad Gil. Existing investors such as Nvidia, Coatue, Y Combinator, Index Ventures, Founders Fund, Tiger Global Management, Thrive Capital, Spark Capital, Greenoaks, Wellington Management, and former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman also contributed.

Data is essential for artificial intelligence, making companies that manage and process data increasingly valuable. Recently, Weka raised $140 million to support data pipelines for AI applications, emphasizing the critical role of data management.

Founded in 2016, Scale AI combines machine learning with human oversight to annotate large data volumes, essential for training AI systems across various industries like autonomous vehicles. However, most data is unstructured and requires labeling, a resource-intensive task. Scale AI specializes in providing accurately annotated data tailored to specific industries, such as labeled data from cameras and lidar for self-driving cars or annotated text for natural language processing (NLP).

Scale AI’s clientele includes Microsoft, Toyota, GM, Meta, the U.S. Department of Defense, and OpenAI. OpenAI uses Scale AI’s services to fine-tune its GPT-3.5 text-generating models. The new funds will accelerate the generation of "frontier data" critical for advancing artificial general intelligence.

Scale AI’s CEO and co-founder, Alexandr Wang, emphasized the company’s mission in a press release: “Data abundance is not the default — it’s a choice. It requires bringing together the best minds in engineering, operations, and AI. Our vision is one of data abundance, where we have the means of production to continue scaling frontier LLMs many more orders of magnitude. We should not be data-constrained in getting to GPT-10.”

Scale AI’s latest funding round and rising valuation highlight the increasing importance of data in AI development. With substantial backing from leading tech companies and venture capitalists, Scale AI is poised to significantly impact the AI landscape, driving innovations and advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

This substantial investment underscores the critical role data-labeling services play in the broader AI ecosystem, ensuring that AI models are trained on high-quality, well-annotated data to deliver accurate and reliable outcomes. As AI continues to evolve, Scale AI’s strategic position in the industry is expected to drive further growth and development, paving the way for new advancements in artificial intelligence.

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Azamat Abdoullaev

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Azamat Abdoullaev is a leading ontologist and theoretical physicist who introduced a universal world model as a standard ontology/semantics for human beings and computing machines. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and theoretical physics. 

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