Xanadu (company)

Xanadu (company)

A company developing quantum computing and artificial intelligence technologies.

Xanadu is a photonic quantum computing and advanced artificial intelligence company. Based in Toronto, the company was founded in 2016 by Christian Weedbrook.

In May 2018, Xanadu raised CA$9M in seed funding. In 2019 Xanadu received CA$32M during series A funding round as well as a grant from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). OMERS Ventures were lead investors for both seed and Series A funding. In January 2020, Xanadu received a further US$4.4M in venture round funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Xanadu design and integrate quantum silicon photonic chips into existing hardware to create truly full-stack quantum computing.

Xanadu also develops software, the two main software products are PennyLane and Strawberry Fields. PennyLane lets users run quantum machine learning algorithms on any currently available quantum computing hardware. Strawberry Fields provides the access point for Xanadu's unique photonic quantum computers, as well as a suite of special-purpose quantum simulators.

Xanadu's products have applications in many fields such as:

  • Machine Learning
  • Chemistry
  • Finance
  • Optimization
  • Sensors

Timeline

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Chris McDowell

Business Development Lead

Christian Weedbrook

Founder & CEO

Lara Graham

Chief of Staff

Paul Finlay

Machine Learning Lead

Rafal Janik

Machine Learning Lead

Sepehr Taghavi

Business Development Lead

Shivanu Thiyagarajah

Marketing Lead

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Into the Light: Xanadu's Vision of a Photonic Future

Richard Wordsworth

Web

February 14, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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