How Hugging Face raised $235M

How Hugging Face raised $235M

Update: 2023-08-311


In this episode, Nathan and Erik sit down to analyze Hugging Face in light of its recent $235M Series D round. They analyze Hugging Face’s community and defensibility through the lens of other community businesses like ProductHunt and Yelp, assess its ability to fulfill its $4.5 billion valuation, and assess competitors and other notable companies in the space like Replit, Character, and Runway. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out our sponsor, NetSuite:

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(00:00:57 ) Episode Preview

(00:01:52 ) Nathan’s Introduction

(00:04:57 ) Overview of Hugging Face and recent fundraising announcement

(00:08:13 ) Hugging Face’s product line

(00:16:47 ) Sponsors: Netsuite | Omneky

(00:18:36 ) Community driven businesses and HuggingFace’s moat

(00:23:23 ) Discovery and inference

(00:28:04 ) Hugging Face’s ideological nature

(00:31:31 ) Curation is key

(00:33:46 ) Keeping content fresh when AI moves so fast

(00:35:44 ) If Hugging Face is a $50 billion company one day, what would it look like?

(00:48:08 ) Hugging Face vs Replit

(00:57:19 ) Contrasting Hugging Face with other companies like Character and Runway


Hugging Face's LLM leaderboard


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How Hugging Face raised $235M

How Hugging Face raised $235M

Erik Torenberg, Nathan Labenz