Reken, a San Francisco, CA-based AI and cybersecurity company, raised $10M in Seed funding.
The round was led by Greycroft and FPV Ventures with participation from Firebolt Ventures, Fika Ventures, Omega Venture Partners, Homebrew, and JAZZ Venture Partners. Google DeepMind executive Jon Steinback (Sequoia Capital Scout Fund) and Vishal Vasishth (co-founder, Obvious Ventures) also invested in the round. Greycroft partner and Bay Area head, Marcie Vu, who helped lead Google’s IPO, joined the Reken board.
Founded in January by Shuman Ghosemajumder (formerly Google’s Global Head of Product for Trust & Safety; Head of AI at F5; and CTO at Shape Security) and Rich Griffiths, Reken is building AI products and platform to protect against generative AI threats.
The company intends to use the funds for core research and development to build new AI technology and products to protect against generative AI threats, such as deepfake social engineering and autonomous fraud.
“Safeguarding against generative AI threats is essential for the future of the internet,” said Vu. “Reken’s founders have unparalleled experience building large-scale AI platforms to defend against sophisticated attacks for some of the world’s largest companies. Shuman and Rich are uniquely positioned to build an important company that will help tackle the evolving challenges presented by generative AI threats, which will only increase over time. Reken’s mission strongly aligns with Greycroft’s core focus on artificial intelligence.”
Reken was founded in January by Ghosemajumder (formerly Google’s Global Head of Product for Trust & Safety; Head of AI at F5; and CTO at Shape Security) and Rich Griffiths (formerly VP of Product at Shape Security). The two helped build Shape from its early stages into the leading AI bot defense platform, which was acquired by F5 for $1B in 2020.
Reken is building a new category of AI products and platform to protect against generative AI threats. For more information, please visit https://reken.ai.
Greycroft is a seed-to-growth venture capital firm that partners with entrepreneurs who are striving to build category-defining companies across intelligent consumer and enterprise applications, AI infrastructure, sustainability, and consumer products. Greycroft has raised over $3 billion in capital, including the recent closing on over $980 million across its core flagship vehicles, Greycroft Partners VII and Greycroft Growth IV, enabling the firm to invest in software businesses that are taking advantage of advancements in artificial intelligence. Recent Greycroft investments in the Bay Area in artificial intelligence include Together AI, Peer AI, Character.AI, Contextual AI, Rembrand, and Merly.AI. For more information, please visit https://www.greycroft.com.
FPV is a new $450 million fund focused on backing and serving mission-driven founders throughout their entire journey. Founded by Wesley Chan (former Google product leader who founded Google Analytics and Google Voice) and Pegah Ebrahimi (former COO and CIO of Morgan Stanley Tech Banking and COO of Cisco Collaboration), the firm has backed well-known, high-impact startups including Canva, Flexport, Guild Education, Xilis, and Manifold Bio. For more information, please visit https://fpvventures.com.