Snowflake acquires Neeva, days after the search startup pivots to enterprise

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The rumors of an acquisition turned out to be true. Snowflake introduced on Wednesday that it has agreed to accumulate Neeva, a search startup based by former Google executives, for an undisclosed quantity.

The deal, introduced throughout Snowflake’s quarterly earnings report, is predicted to reinforce Snowflake’s skill to supply clever and conversational search experiences to its prospects who use its platform to retailer, analyze and share information.

“Participating with information by pure language is changing into well-liked with developments in AI,” Snowflake chairman and CEO Frank Slootman stated throughout an organization earnings name.

“It will allow Snowflake customers and software builders to construct wealthy search-enabled and conversational experiences,” he added, “and we imagine Neeva will enhance our alternative to permit non-technical customers to extract worth from their information, extra broadly.” 

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Neeva shuts down its shopper search

Based in 2019 by Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan, who each labored at Google’s promoting expertise division, Neeva raised $77.5 million in funding previous to being acquired by Snowflake. Buyers included Greylock Companions, Sequoia Capital and Ram Shriram, a board member of Alphabet, Google’s father or mother firm.

Neeva initially aimed to create a subscription-based search engine that will respect customers’ privateness and never present advertisements. In January, Ramaswamy wrote a visitor put up on VentureBeat that described how Neeva wished to problem Google’s monopoly on search and provide a greater various for customers. It’s an effort that in the end didn’t work out.

Final week, Neeva introduced it was shutting down its shopper search product and pivoting to give attention to enterprise use circumstances of enormous language fashions (LLMs) and generative AI.

Neeva brings a conversational interface to Snowflake

Christian Kleinerman, Snowflake’s SVP of product, stated in the course of the incomes name that the Neeva expertise will assist to convey a brand new sort of expertise to Snowflake customers.

Kleinerman stated that Snowflake is on a mission to increase its capabilities because it brings computation nearer to the info. Snowflake through the years has developed into an software platform and a core use case for functions is for search enabled experiences. He famous that generative AI brings with it the notion of conversational experiences, which is the place Neeva expertise will slot in.

“The oldsters at Neeva are those which have the ability to assist us speed up efforts round Snowflake as a platform for search and conversational experiences,” stated Kleinerman. “However most significantly inside the safety perimeter of Snowflake, with the purchasers’ information in order that they will leverage all these new improvements and expertise, however with security, privateness and safety of the info.”

Snowflake’s view on AI

The acquisition of Neeva will match into Snowflake’s technique to assist organizations profit from LLMs and the ability of generative AI.

“Generative AI as a mode of interplay has captured the creativeness of society at massive and it’ll convey disruption, productiveness in addition to obsolescence to duties and whole industries alike,” Slootman stated.

Snowflake’s place is that generative AI requires information, which is what Snowflake has at all times been centered on. Slootman famous that many generative AI fashions have been educated with web or public information and his perception is that enterprises will profit from customizing AI with their very own information. 

The acquisition of Neeva isn’t the primary AI vendor that Snowflake has acquired. In August 2022, Snowflake acquired Applica, a startup that was constructing expertise to assist organizations use AI to achieve insights from information. 

“The Snowflake mission is to steadily demolish any and all limits to information customers’ workloads, functions,” stated Slootman. “New types of AI will subsequently proceed to see us evolve and develop our capabilities and have units.”

Snowflake reported income for the quarter was $623.6 million, representing 48% year-over-year progress. Nonetheless, the corporate gave product income steerage for the second quarter that missed consensus estimates. Snowflake’s shares fell 12% in after-hours buying and selling following the earnings report.

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