Vectara Raises $28.5 Million in Seed Round

by Kay Aloha Villamor in June 1st, 2023

Vectara, a Santa Clara-based generative AI conversational search platform, raised $28.5 million in seed funding to accelerate its growth.

The round was led by Race Capital, which also established a new strategic board of advisors, which includes Matei Zaharia, the co-founder and Chief technologist at Databricks. Vectara aims to solidify its position as a leader in GenAI technology.

The funding will support Vectara's growth trajectory, enabling the company to further develop its conversational search platform and expand its customer base.

Vectara has positioned itself as a key player in the generative AI (GenAI) field, particularly with the introduction of its "Grounded Generation" capability, aimed at reducing hallucinations. This release empowers developers to build conversational AI products with advanced retrieval, summarization, and data privacy features directly on their business's relevant data.

“These new features and capabilities make Vectara’s neural retrieval platform among the best in the world,” said CEO and co-founder Amr Awadallah, “The breakthroughs our team has accomplished over the last eight months are changing the face of AI and how companies can safely use it to expand and improve their value propositions. The new summarization feature provides organizations with trustworthy ChatGPT-like generated answers, stacked on top of our hybrid search enhancements for superior search efficacy. This release makes Vectara one of the most advanced companies in the world in information retrieval and grounded generation.”

Company: Vectara, Inc.

Raised: $2.8M

Round: Seed Round

Funding Month: May 2023

Lead Investors: Race Capital

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Software Category: Conversational GenAI Search and Discovery Platform

About the Company:  Vectara is a semantic search software company that provides a conversational GenAI search and discovery platform that allows businesses to have intelligent conversations over their own data (think ChatGPT but for your data). Vectara’s mission is to help the world find meaning through search. The company uses the latest innovations in artificial intelligence and neural network technologies for natural language processing to deliver unparalleled search relevance. Vectara’s complete search pipeline is available through an API-first platform that allows developers to easily add semantic search within their sites and applications.



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