OpenAI acquires real-time analytics company Rockset 

Founded by former Facebook employees, Rockset excels in data indexing and querying capabilities.

June 24 2024

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) research lab backed by Microsoft, has acquired Rockset, a company that specialises in real-time analytics databases.  

Financial details and other terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Sources told Reuters that OpenAI completed the purchase using its shares in a stock deal.  

This transaction reportedly values Rockset at several hundred million dollars, making it one of OpenAI’s most significant acquisitions to date. 

The latest acquisition is expected to bolster the infrastructure of OpenAI’s enterprise products. 

The ChatGPT developer said it will be integrating Rockset’s technology to improve data utilisation for business customers and developers on the OpenAI platform. 

In a blog post, Rockset said that it will become an integral part of OpenAI, focusing on powering the retrieval infrastructure behind the company’s comprehensive product suite.  

Rockset has assured that its current customers will experience no immediate changes in the service. 

Additionally, select members of the Rockset team will be joining OpenAI as part of the acquisition.  

Commenting on how Rockset will fit in, OpenAI chief operating officer Brad Lightcap said: “Rockset’s infrastructure empowers companies to transform their data into actionable intelligence. We are excited to bring these benefits to our customers by integrating Rockset’s foundation into OpenAI products.” 

Rockset, founded by former Facebook employees, excels in data indexing and querying capabilities.  

Its technology enables users, including developers and enterprises, to better harness their data, access real-time insights, and develop more intelligent AI-driven applications.  

In August, Rockset raised $44m in a funding round which was led by Icon Ventures, with contributions from Sequoia and Greylock, bringing its total funding to $105m. 

Rockset CEO Venkat Venkataramani said: “We are excited to be joining OpenAI to empower users, enterprises and developers to fully leverage their data by bringing powerful retrieval to AI.” 

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