Perplexity.AI the AI Search Engine to Beat

Perplexity.AI is an AI-powered conversational search engine that aims to replace traditional search engines like Google by providing more accurate and transparent answers without ads. It has impressed tech leaders like Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Vivek Wadhwa, who believe it is everything Google and ChatGPT should have been.


  • Perplexity.AI was founded in 2022 by Aravind Srinivas, Denis Yarats, Johnny Ho and Andy Konwinski.

  • It is an AI-powered conversational search engine that integrates web indexes with AI models to allow users to ask questions in natural language and get direct answers.

  • It uses OpenAI's GPT-3.5 to provide free answers and focuses on accuracy, transparency and citation of sources in its results.

  • Perplexity.AI does not show ads or links in search results unlike Google and Bing.

  • It recently raised $73.6 million in Series B funding, bringing total funds raised to $100 million. Investors include NVIDIA, Jeff Bezos, Balaji Srinivasan and others.

  • The funding will be used to enhance the AI capabilities of its search engine.

  • Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma recommended it to Vivek Wadhwa, who praised it as everything Google and ChatGPT should have been.

  • Wadhwa advised the CEO to not sell it to Google even for $20 billion.


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