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Nervana Systems Secures $3.3M in Series A Financingto Meet Growng Demand for Scalable, Efficient Deep Learning Solutions

Series A round led by DFJ, with participation from Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Fuel Capital, and Allen & Co

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 21, 2014-- Nervana Systems, Inc., today announced $3.3M in Series A financing led by DFJ. Steve Jurvetson, DFJ Partner, who currently serves on the boards of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, D-Wave and Synthetic Genomics, will join Nervana’s Board of Directors. Current investor Allen & Co has participated in the financing along with Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures and Fuel Capital. Prof. James Demmel, a leading authority on parallel computation, joins the advisory board with Prof. Bruno Olshausen, Prof. Jan Rabaey, Ali Partovi, and Scott Banister.

Nervana is the first company to develop a deep learning solution optimized from algorithms to hardware. By developing a high-performance, energy-efficient, scalable architecture, Nervana’s solutions will enable computers to analyze and learn from massive amounts of data, well beyond today’s capabilities. In addition, the company is developing software to bring simplicity to deep learning methods, making them broadly accessible to a wide variety of problems. This top to bottom approach to deep learning allows Nervana to build the most complete solution to meet the growing demand.

“Machine learning is the underlying technology that makes the explosion of big data manageable, with a technology sufficiently advanced as to appear magical at the first encounter,” said Steve Jurvetson, DFJ Partner. “With applications at the cutting edge of almost everything — from social graph mining to systems biology to robotics and AI — machine learning empowers us to build complex systems that transcend human understanding. Nervana will help accelerate these futures, as the locus of learning in engineering shifts from the end products to the process of their creation.”

“Some of the biggest challenges faced by tech companies are scalability and energy consumption,” said Jerry Yang, founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures and co-founder of Yahoo!. “Making deep learning more easily deployable and useable will drive adoption into a variety of new areas. Nervana’s technology will enable the next stage of user-driven experiences.”

“The support of such visionaries as Steve Jurvetson and Jerry Yang is a major validation for Nervana,” said Dr. Naveen Rao, CEO of Nervana Systems. “It’s humbling to join the ranks of the many companies they’ve funded, and Steve joining Nervana’s board will be huge.”

About Nervana Systems

Nervana Systems develops hardware specialized for Deep Learning, bringing unprecedented performance, efficiency, scale, and simplicity to unsupervised machine learning for analysis of big data. Founded by experts in machine learning, neuroscience, processor architecture and chip design, the company is privately funded. Nervana Systems has offices in San Diego, CA (HQ) and Mountain View, CA.

About DFJ

DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Since 1985, DFJ’s core funds have raised $4B, which has been deployed in more than 300 portfolio companies, including AdMob, Baidu, Box, Hotmail, Skype, Solarcity, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Tumblr, Twitter and Yammer. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of partnering with entrepreneurs to build iconic and lasting businesses. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of creating iconic and lasting businesses. Learn more at

About AME Cloud Ventures

AME Cloud Ventures is the technology innovation investment arm of Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!. AME Cloud Ventures invests across early and late stage companies in technology-heavy sectors, including Big Data, compute, mobility, sensors and cloud ecosystems. AME Cloud Ventures supports entrepreneurs with a unique set of resources, from strong operational and business experience to networks of world-class mentors and international partners, particularly in Asia.

About Fuel Capital

Fuel Capital is an early stage venture fund based in San Francisco, CA founded by Chris Howard and Brad Silverberg. Fuel focuses on next generation cloud/infrastructure and consumer software investments. Fuel Capital has invested in CoreOS, FrontBack, Hightower, Homejoy, Julep, Layer, Mesosphere, Secret, Teespring, URX, and more.

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