Graft Raises $4.5M in Pre-Seed Funding


Graft, a San Francisco, CA-based startup that emerged from stealth to put modern AI within reach of every organization, raised USD 4.5 million in Pre Seed funding.

The round was led by GV with participation from NEA, Essence VC, Formulate Ventures and SV Angel.

The company intends to use the funds to continue growing the team, building the product and bringing it to market.

Led by Adam Oliner, co-founder and CEO, Graft is a cloud-native platform company that empowers everyone in an organization to wield advanced AI techniques for unlocking the value of all their data, including text, images, audio, video and graphs – with no machine learning skills required, no team to hire and no infrastructure to build or maintain.

The founding team also includes:

  • Maria Kazandjieva (former director of engineering at Netflix),
  • Eric Schkufza (former principal scientist at Amazon),
  • Mick Hakobyan (distinguished tenures at Meta, Netflix and Microsoft),
  • Irina Calciu (former senior researcher at VMware) and 
  • Brian Calvert (former machine learning platform technical lead at Cruise Automation).