Kernel has raised $53 million to accelerate development of a new generation of brain tech, helping companies leverage insights from the latest advances in neuroscience.
General Catalyst led the round, which marks the first outside funding the company has accepted. Kernel had previously been self-funded by founder and CEO Bryan Johnson. Khosla Ventures, Eldridge, Manta Ray Ventures, and Tiny Blue Dot also participated in the round.
“We can quantify and measure pretty much everything in the known universe, from distant stars to our calories and our steps and our genome,” Johnson said. “Our mind is one of the only things that we cannot consistently measure and quantify. And humans do remarkable things when we can measure something.”
The main goal is figuring out the best use cases for this technology. Johnson believes access to rich neural data has applications in fields ranging from brain health to education, AI and machine learning, natural language processing, and consumer behavior.
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