Aravind Srinivas, the co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup Perplexity AI, recently shared a captivating selfie alongside Microsoft’s visionary leader, Satya Nadella.
In response to claims that Perplexity AI could pose a formidable challenge to the search engine giant Google, Srinivas intriguingly captioned the post on X with, “Let’s make them dance.” This bold statement echoed sentiments from tech entrepreneur Jeff Huber, who opined that while Microsoft aimed to make Google dance, it might just be Perplexity AI leading the dance floor.
The photo with Satya Nadella sparked interest and garnered ‘likes,’ including one from Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
— Aravind Srinivas (@AravSrinivas) January 11, 2024
Founded just 16 months ago by Aravind Srinivas, Denis Yarats (former Facebook AI research scientist), Andy Konwinski (co-founder of Databricks), and Johnny Ho (former Quora engineer), Perplexity AI secured a substantial $73.6 million in funding in its recent funding round. Notable investors in this round include US chip maker Nvidia and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, pushing the startup’s valuation to an impressive $520 million. To date, Perplexity AI has successfully raised $100 million.
Perplexity AI is boldly taking on industry giants like Google and Microsoft Bing in the competitive search engine space. The strategic funding injection aligns with a broader trend as tech behemoths Google and Microsoft integrate AI into their search engines.
Setting itself apart, Perplexity AI boasts a user-friendly chatbot-style interface, allowing users to pose questions using everyday language. Drawing parallels with Microsoft, Perplexity introduces its AI assistant, Copilot, enhancing user interaction.
Aravind Srinivas, an alumnus of IIT-Madras, brings a wealth of experience to Perplexity AI, having previously interned at DeepMind, Google, and OpenAI before assuming the role of a research scientist at OpenAI.
As Perplexity AI emerges as a prominent player in the search engine arena, its recent funding and innovative approach position it as a key contender in the evolving landscape, promising to reshape the dynamics of online search.