Written by

Perplexity Team

Published on

Mar 28, 2023

At Perplexity.ai, we strive to bring you the best possible knowledge discovery experience. Founded in August 2022, our journey began with the release of Ask, our answer engine, in December 2022. Since then, we've experienced rapid growth, reaching 2 million monthly active users in just four months. As our user base grows, so does our commitment to innovation.

We are delighted to announce that we have recently raised a $25.6 million series A funding round led by Peter Sonsini of New Enterprise Associates (Board member, Databricks) with participation from our seed round investors Elad Gil (Founder, Color Health), Nat Friedman (Former CEO of GitHub) and Bob Muglia (Former President of Microsoft), as well as new investors Susan Wojcicki (Former CEO of Youtube), Paul Buchheit (Creator of Gmail), Soleio (Designer of Messenger, Dropbox), and Databricks Ventures.

We are also grateful to our angel investors who participated in our $3.1 million seed round in September 2022, led by Elad Gil and Nat Friedman, with participation from Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley, AIX Ventures), Yann LeCun (Chief Scientist, Meta), Andrej Karpathy (Founding Member, OpenAI), Ashish Vaswani (Lead Inventor of Transformer), Amjad Masad (CEO, Replit), Clem Delangue (CEO, HuggingFace) and others.

Our long-term mission is to become the best platform for answers and information, serving as the go-to source for people seeking quick, accurate answers tailored to their asks.

We envision Perplexity AI as a platform beyond a traditional search engine, evolving into a comprehensive knowledge hub where anyone can explore and learn effortlessly. In pursuit of this vision, we are committed to providing citations with every answer, providing proper attribution for sources of information and allowing for verification.

As part of our mission, we are excited to expand our platform from web to mobile, with almost half of our users already accessing us via mobile web. To improve our mobile experience, today we are launching the Perplexity AI iPhone app. With instant answers, cited sources, voice search, follow-up questions, and thread history, our app delivers a comprehensive interface for information.

As a team, we are honored to have the support of our users and investors as we pursue our mission of redefining the way people search for and access information. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to continuing to push the limits of language models and search. The frontier of interactive possibilities is just beginning to be explored.

Download our iPhone app today at perplexity.ai/download-iphone.

Our team is small but growing: see perplexity.ai/careers for the latest job opportunities at Perplexity.

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Join our Discord community at discord.gg/perplexity-ai.