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🚨 Helsing scores record $223M for defense AI
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The Rundown: European defense AI startup Helsing just raised a massive $223 million Series B round led by General Catalyst — potentially making it Europe's largest AI unicorn company.
With previous backing from Spotify founder Daniel Ek, Helsing’s new raise puts the company’s valuation at around $1.7B.
Helsing's AI platform aims to boost defense and security for democracies, expanding live data applications.
The round could make Helsing the largest European AI company, nudging past the recent French-based Mistral AI raise.
The relevance: Helsing’s raise is another example of AI's increasing influence in world security — underscoring the growing relevance of tech in governance and defense strategies.
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The Rundown: Venture capital firm a16z analyzed web traffic data on the top AI consumer products, uncovering insights as part of a broader study on the economics of generative AI.
ChatGPT currently dominates, representing 60% of all traffic — with Character.ai at a distant second in the usage rankings.
The rest of the top 10 include Bard, Poe, QuillBot, Photoroom, Civitai, Midjourney, Hugging Face, and Perplexity.
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Software maker Databricks just nabbed a cool $500M raise, boosting its value to an eye-popping $43B. The company is doubling down on AI (including backing from Nvidia) with its own ChatGPT-style LLM creator.
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