MyShell Raises $11 Million for its Decentralized AI Consumer Layer


Tokyo, Japan, March 27th, 2024, Chainwire

Funds from the Pre-Series A round led by Dragonfly will further develop MyShell’s open-source models and agent platform for empowering AI creators

MyShell, a decentralized AI consumer layer, announced today that it has raised US$11 million in a Pre-Series A round, with participation from a cohort of high-profile investors, including Dragonfly, Delphi Ventures, Bankless Ventures, Maven11 Capital, Nascent, Nomad Capital, OKX Ventures, etc. 

Prominent angel investors, such as former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan, NEAR Protocol Co-Founder Illia Polosukhin, former Paradigm Investment Partner Casey K. Caruso, and ex-Parafi partner Santiago R. Santos also joined the round, which brought MyShell’s total amount raised to date to $16.6 million.

“MyShell is poised to revolutionize the AI creator ecosystem,” MyShell CEO Ethan Sun said. “With this new funding, we’re not just scaling our operations, we’re catalyzing a movement towards a more open, collaborative, and democratic AI landscape.”

MyShell, an AI consumer layer that empowers users to build, share, and own AI agents, is home to over 1 million registered users and 50,000 creators. The company plans to use the new funding to add resources to develop its open-source foundational model; empower AI creators; AI assets trading platform; and further support the open-source community.

In contrast to most dominant AI companies such as OpenAI, MyShell is committed to decentralization and open-source development. This focus has already facilitated the growth of several successful projects on the platform, including OpenVoice, which has earned over 15,000 stars on Github; MeloTTS, a pioneering open-source text-to-speech solution that closely mimics the human voice and supports a wide range of languages and accents; and Allice, the open-source agent framework for complicated AI development workflow.

“The demand for personalized AI experiences has grown explosively in the last year, but right now, most of those experiences are centralized with gatekeepers,” said Dragonfly Managing Partner Haseeb Qureshi. “MyShell uses crypto and decentralization to put the power over the AI ecosystem back into the hands of users and allows open-source creators and communities to work together to create magical experiences and capture the fruits of their labor. There’s a lot of unfounded hype right now at the intersection of crypto and AI, but Ethan and the MyShell team have the technical chops with research backgrounds that allow them to execute their vision.”

The funding reflects MyShell’s position as a pioneer in the AI consumer layer with its open-value network that deploys a revenue-share economic model. MyShell also provides unique toolkit features such as the “Workshop” where users build AI agents through prompts, and “Makerspace,” a no-code AI workflow builder for creators.

The investment enables MyShell to deepen its commitment to lower the barrier for AI creation, fostering a community where openness and collaboration are paramount. By championing decentralization and supporting the creator economy, MyShell is not just building tools; it is nurturing an ecosystem where every voice has the power to shape the AI landscape.

About MyShell

MyShell is the AI consumer layer that empowers users to build, share, and own AI agents. It’s Features include an interactive AI app store that stands on multiple open-source foundation models, and integrates other models into a robust model hub, offering a dynamic and engaging user experience.


Ethan Sun


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