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  • Marijan Hassan - Tech Journalist

CoreWeave secures massive $7.5 billion debt deal to fuel AI growth

AI cloud infrastructure company CoreWeave has secured a whopping $7.5 billion in debt financing, marking one of the largest private debt deals ever recorded. This significant investment, led by financial giant Blackstone with co-leadership from Magnetar, will fuel CoreWeave's expansion plans to meet the ever-growing demand for specialized AI computing power.

"The caliber of investors in this large debt financing round is a powerful testament to ... the insatiable market appetite for AI infrastructure," CEO and co-founder Michael Intrator said.

The news comes on the heels of CoreWeave's impressive $1.1 billion Series C equity round closed earlier this month, led by Coatue. This combined $8.6 billion in capital in just the past month signifies a major vote of confidence in CoreWeave's position as a leader in the AI infrastructure space.

"This financing builds on CoreWeave's significant momentum," the company stated, highlighting its strategy to utilize the funds to expand its data center footprint. CoreWeave aims to double its data center presence to a total of 28 locations by the end of 2024, strategically positioning itself to cater to the booming demand for AI workloads.

This significant investment is likely driven by several factors. The ever-increasing complexity of AI models necessitates specialized hardware like GPUs (graphics processing units) to handle intensive computational tasks. CoreWeave's cloud infrastructure provides businesses with access to this specialized computing power without the need for massive upfront investments. Additionally, the global focus on AI development across various industries further fuels the demand for such services.

Of course, it helps that the Nvidia-backed company has access to the most advanced Nvidia chips that are in short supply. This puts it ahead of even major hyperscalers like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Cloud.

CoreWeave is a specialized cloud computing company that focuses on providing GPU-accelerated infrastructure tailored for high-performance computing tasks. Founded in 2017, CoreWeave initially aimed to cater to cryptocurrency mining but has since expanded its services to a wider range of computational needs, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, VFX rendering, and other GPU-intensive applications.

According to a source close to the matter, the cloud company is now valued at $19 billion, up from $7 billion months ago.


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