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Patronus AI Continues to Thrive with LLM Governance Tool Gaining Momentum

Nowadays, every company is striving to ensure that their large language models comply with relevant rules and regulations. In regulated industries, this need is even more pressing, which is perhaps why Patronus AI is seeing early success in the market.

Recently, the company, which assists clients in ensuring model compliance across various dimensions, announced a $17 million Series A funding round, just 8 months after a $3 million seed round.

CEO and co-founder Anand Kannappan told TechCrunch, "Investors are excited about our clear leadership in the space, the vast market potential, and its rapid growth. We were able to enter the market early, just as organizations recognized the importance of LLM governance tools for compliance."

The company foresees a promising future for the emerging market. "Since our launch, we have collaborated with a diverse range of portfolio, AI, and mid-stage companies, with our platform receiving hundreds of thousands of requests from customers," Kannappan added.

Patronus AI's primary focus is on Patronus Evaluators. "These are API calls that can be easily implemented with one line of code. They allow for scalable and high-quality measurement of LLM performance and systems across various dimensions," explained Kannappan.

This includes assessing factors such as likelihood of hallucinations, copyright and safety risks, and enterprise-specific capabilities like identifying sensitive business information and maintaining brand voice and style—matters of importance to enterprises from both regulatory and reputational perspectives.

As noted during the seed funding announcement:

"The company is well-positioned, offering a security and analysis framework in the form of a managed service for evaluating large language models to identify potential issues, especially in terms of hallucination likelihood—where the model generates an incorrect response due to insufficient data."

The company has grown from six employees at the time of their seed funding last year to double that number, with plans for further expansion this year.

The $17 million investment was led by Notable Capital and included participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Factorial Capital, Datadog, and industry angels.

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