ISSUE – NOV. 18 | AI dev platform startup DataRobot raises $270 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

Boston-based DataRobot, a startup developing an end-to-end enterprise AI platform, today raised $270 million in an equity funding round led by Altimeter Capital. DataRobot says the pre-IPO round — which included new and existing investors T. Rowe Price, Blackrock, Silverlake, NEA, and Tiger — values the company at over $2.7 billion. The benefits of AI and machine learning can feel intangible at times, but surveys show this hasn’t deterred enterprises from adopting the technology in droves. Business use of AI grew a whopping 270% over the past four years, according to Gartner, while Deloitte says 62% of respondents to its corporate October 2018 report deployed some form of AI, up from 53% a year ago. But adoption doesn’t always meet with success, as the roughly 25% of companies that have seen half of their AI projects fail will tell you. [ Venture Beat ]

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