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Danti Raises $5M from Shield Capital to Scale AI-Powered Search Engine for Earth Data

Danti, an artificial intelligence company focused on developing a superpower search engine for Earth data, has secured $5 million in funding led by prominent defensive tech investor Shield Capital. The startup aims to scale its technology for government customers, providing a natural language search engine that can efficiently collate and analyze data from various sources, including satellite imagery, commercial data, and government sources.

Founded by Jesse Kallman in early 2023, Danti’s search engine allows analysts to pose complex questions in simple language, such as “What are the latest tank movements in Eastern Ukraine?” and receive straightforward answers collated across multiple data sources and domains. The goal is to empower a single analyst to do the work of many, enabling them to quickly gather and synthesize information from diverse data sources.

One of Danti’s early customers is the U.S. Space Force, which is utilizing the startup’s product to help officers easily search and share data using natural language models. This intuitive user experience is crucial in high-pressure situations where analysts need to make complex decisions quickly without sifting through vast amounts of data manually.

While Danti is currently focused on serving government customers, it plans to eventually roll out a version of its product for commercial industries, targeting markets like electric utilities and insurance. This commercial version would focus on property records, parcel information, and risk data, allowing customers to connect their own information into Danti’s engine for natural language querying.

With the $5 million funding round, which includes participation from existing investors like Tech Square Ventures, Humba Ventures, Leo Polovets, Space.VC, and Radius Capital, Danti plans to execute its government go-to-market strategy and scale its engineering team. The company deliberately sought a defense-focused fund like Shield Capital to lead this round, aligning with its focus on serving government customers.

Since announcing its $2.75 million pre-seed last summer, Danti has grown its team to over 20 people and aims to further expand its engineering capabilities with the new injection of funds.