Some key creators of and internal Google AI  project — the Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU — recently left to team up with Chamath Palihapitiya, of Palo Alto-based Social Capital, to create. Groq now has eight of the first 10 people from the TPU team “building a next-generation chip,” says Palihapitiya. Social Capital is a partnership of philanthropists, technologists and capitalists utilizing venture capital as a force to create value and change on a global scale.

Chamath Palihapitiya is one of Silicon Valley’s aggressive new generation VCs.

All start-ups are hard, but a new chip company is something most venture capitalists won’t touch. The research and development costs required to get a working prototype can be exorbitant. Then there’s manufacturing and the Herculean challenge of finding device makers to take a chance on unproven technology.

Also, the incumbents — Intel, Qualcomm and Nvidia — are massive, and Google, Apple and Amazon are developing their own silicon.


See CNBC’s interview with Chamath Palihapitiya, and its breaking story on Groq.

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  1. Tony Perkins

    Chamath Palihapitiya has the swagger of a new generation Vinod Khosla. Definitely a investor to follow.

    “Silicon Valley remains a huge center of innovation and stronger today in terms of digital innovation than any in time in history. What CEOs in tech companies need to wake up and think about today is the need to keep up with A.I., and how A.I. can hook up to their customers and helps them solve their problems.”
    -Bill Gates