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Anthropic raises $450M

Anthropic has raised $450 million in a Series C funding round. The investment was led by Spark Capital, with participation from Google, Salesforce Ventures, Sound Ventures, and Zoom Ventures.

In connection with the Series C round, Yasmin Razavi, a general partner at Spark Capital, has joined Anthropic’s board of directors.

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