TL;DR: Databricks, a prominent Data and AI company, has successfully raised over $500 million in its Series I funding round. This development has elevated the company’s valuation to an impressive $43 billion, with a share price of $73.50. The funding was spearheaded by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and included participation from existing investors and notable new backers, such as Capital One Ventures, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NVIDIA.

Databricks, a prominent player in the Data and AI landscape, has announced a significant achievement with the successful closure of its Series I funding, amassing a substantial sum of over $500 million. This funding milestone has propelled the company’s overall valuation to a staggering $43 billion, further solidifying its position in the industry.

Strategic Investors Pave the Way

Leading the Series I funding are funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., reaffirming their commitment to Databricks’ vision. This impressive consortium of investors also includes established names like Andreessen Horowitz, Baillie Gifford, ClearBridge Investments, Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley), Fidelity Management & Research Company, Franklin Templeton, GIC, Octahedron Capital, and Tiger Global. Joining the ranks are new investors Capital One Ventures, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NVIDIA, underscoring the collective belief in Databricks’ potential.

Ali Ghodsi, Co-Founder and CEO of Databricks, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The commitment from long-term focused strategic and financial partners reflects Databricks’ continued momentum, the rapid customer adoption of the Databricks Lakehouse, and the success customers are seeing from moving to a unified data and AI platform.” He further emphasized the transformative potential of Databricks’ collaboration with NVIDIA in advancing AI technology.

Revolutionizing Data and AI with the Lakehouse

Databricks’ groundbreaking offering, the Databricks Lakehouse, revolutionizes the way data, analytics, and AI are integrated onto a single platform. This unified approach empowers customers to govern, manage, and extract valuable insights from enterprise data, while also facilitating the development of generative AI solutions at an accelerated pace.

Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, highlighted the significance of enterprise data in generative AI, praising Databricks’ pioneering work in this field. Alan Tu, Lead Private Equity Analyst at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., commended Databricks’ pivotal role in reshaping the data and AI industry.

Record-Breaking Q2 Momentum

Databricks’ strong performance in Q2 2023 underscores its continued growth trajectory:

  • Achieved over $1.5 billion in revenue run rate, reflecting over 50% year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Surpassed 10,000 global customers, including 300+ customers with a consumption rate exceeding $1 million annually.
  • Attained a record-breaking Non-GAAP subscription gross margin of 85%.
  • Successfully completed the acquisition of MosaicML, a leading generative AI platform.
  • Unveiled 20 product and feature releases at the sold-out Data and AI Summit, attended by over 30,000 global participants.
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