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Clarity Raises $16M Seed Funding led by Walden Catalyst and Bessemer Venture Partners

Israel- and NYC-based an AI cybersecurity startup, Clarity has raised $16Mn in Seed funding round led by Walden Catalyst Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from other investors such as Secret Chord Ventures, Ascend Ventures, Fusion VC, and Flying Fish Partners. More than 70 angel investors and advisors also participated, including Udi Mokady, Chairman of CyberArk, and Professor Larry Diamond of Stanford University.
Co-founders of Clarity (L-R), Michael Matias, Natalie Fridman, PhD and Gil Avriel

Israel- and NYC-based an AI cybersecurity startup, Clarity has raised $16Mn in Seed funding round led by Walden Catalyst Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from other investors such as Secret Chord Ventures, Ascend Ventures, Fusion VC, and Flying Fish Partners. More than 70 angel investors and advisors also participated, including Udi Mokady, Chairman of CyberArk, and Professor Larry Diamond of Stanford University.

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Clarity share a significant milestone in Clarity’s journey to immunize the world from the threat of Deepfakes: our partnership with Walden Catalyst and Bessemer Ventures Partners. This additional funding will allow us to double down on our core research efforts, while providing best-in-class solutions to the most critical infrastructure in our society.

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“Our digital lives are under attack by shockingly accurate representations of people saying things they never said, and doing things they never did; we are just at the beginning of the invasion of deceit,” said Michael Matias, co-founder and CEO of Clarity, previously studied AI at Stanford, Officer at the 8200 Cyber Unit and recipient of the Goldman Sachs 2023 Builders and Innovators Award. “These capital infusions and ongoing partnership with Walden Catalyst and Bessemer means that we an accelerate our R&D and market growth, both essential toour mission of preserving trust in the digital world.”

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“Clarity’s technology enables organizations and intelligence agencies to fight what is now a very real threat to every business,” said Amit Karp, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “The Clarity team, which includes some of the most experienced cybersecurity and intelligence professionals in the industry, is on a mission to preserve trust in digital media by building cutting-edge technology to detect AI manipulations.”

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About Clarity

Founded in 2022 by Michael Matias, Natalie Fridman, PhD and Gil Avriel, Clarity is an AI cybersecurity startup that protects against deepfakes and new social engineering and phishing attack vectors accelerated by the rapid adoption of Generative AI. Its patent-pending technology detects AI manipulations in videos, images, and audio and authenticates media with encrypted watermarking.

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Clarity’s AI DeepFake Firewall integrates into new and existing workflows. It enables publishers and intelligence agencies to verify sensitive media, financial institutions to prevent fraud, and enterprises to filter manipulated media and create an AI-safe media environment.

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