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Founded Year

2022

Stage

Series A | Alive

Total Raised

$65.47M

Valuation

$0000 

Last Raised

$55M | 5 mos ago

About MangoBoost

MangoBoost is a company focused on enhancing datacenter performance and efficiency, operating in the technology and data processing industry. The company offers Data Processing Units (DPUs) and a Software Development Kit (SDK) that improve application performance, reduce infrastructure processing costs, and enable the acceleration of datacenter workloads. MangoBoost primarily serves the datacenter industry, with a particular emphasis on areas such as big data, AI, and cloud applications. It was founded in 2022 and is based in Seoul, Washington.

Headquarters Location

3120 139th Ave SE Ste 500

Seoul, Washington, 98005-4486,

United States

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MangoBoost's Products & Differentiators

    Alice-NR

    FPGA-powered DPU for RoCEv2, RDMA, or NVMe over RDMA

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Latest MangoBoost News

Semiconductor Startup Raises $55 Million From Korean VCs To Help Cloud Companies Handle The AI Boom

Nov 2, 2023

COURTESY OF MANGOBOOST T he advent of generative AI has turbocharged demand for cloud computing services, and data centers need a boost of their own to meet the rising demand. MangoBoost , a Seoul- and Seattle-based chip design startup, says it can give that boost. Founded in February last year, MangoBoost develops specialized chips designed for data centers, called data processing units, or DPUs. The chips can boost the efficiency of existing server equipment, says Jangwoo Kim, cofounder and CEO of MangoBoost, in a video interview. “Everybody believes that DPUs are going to be equipped to every server,” says Kim, who holds a doctorate in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and was a senior engineer at Oracle. “So that’s a huge market.” Some of South Korea’s top tech investors agree. Last month, MangoBoost scored $55 million in a Series A round, bringing its total funding to date to $65 million. The round was led by IMM Investment, which has backed the likes of billionaire Bom Kim’s Coupang and Chang Byung-gyu’s Krafton, as well as Shinhan Venture Investment, an arm of banking giant Shinhan Financial Group whose portfolio companies include billionaire Bang Jun-hyuk’s Netmarble and Indonesian aquaculture unicorn eFishery . “Our DPU is outperforming [competitors], and I’m going to tell you why. We are not nobody.” Jangwoo Kim, cofounder and CEO of MangoBoost MangoBoost’s Kim declined to share the valuation, but a source with direct knowledge of the deal said the 21-month-old startup was valued at around $300 million in the latest round. Other backers in the Series A round include all of its seed investors and new investors such as IM Capital Partners, KB Investment, Korea Development Bank and Premier Partners. MangoBoost raised $10 million in a seed round in last May from Korean investors including DSC Investment (which backed Forbes Asia 100 to Watch alum WAD , a restaurant reservation platform), Must Ventures and Stonebridge Ventures (portfolio companies include autonomous drone startup Nearthlab, which made this year’s Forbes Asia 100 to Watch ). Kim says the startup hasn’t started generating revenue, but expects it will “soon,” without providing more details. He adds that its potential customers include cloud computing providers and server makers such as Dell and HP that want central processing units, or CPUs, in their servers to focus more on AI processing by offloading other tasks to MangoBoost’s DPUs. MangoBoost cofounder and CEO Jangwoo Kim. COURTESY OF MANGOBOOST “So what’s happening in data centers is that they run out of CPUs, so they have to buy more servers just to get the CPU. Then they can accelerate AI or other big data applications, but your CPU becomes busy again, then they buy another server,” explains Kim. “So that’s how the number of servers is increasing and then the data center cost becomes too high.” “Basically everybody’s nightmare is CPU now. So we are trying to reduce the CPU bandwidth so that Intel’s and AMD’s CPUs can focus on the more important things,” says Kim. “By taking all the important CPU software from CPU to DPU, the CPU becomes free.” In one configuration, MangoBoost’s DPU can reduce CPU usage by up to 95%, he says. Of course, MangoBoost is not the only company designing DPUs. It’s facing competitions from some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Nvidia’s BlueField, Intel’s Oak Springs Canyon and Mount Evans, AMD’s Pensando (which AMD acquired last year for about $1.9 billion), Microsoft’s Fungible (acquired in January this year for around $190 million) and Amazon’s Nitro Cards. But Kim is confident that MangoBoost will succeed. One reason is that MangoBoost can customize DPUs for each customer, he says. Another is its human capital. “Our DPU is outperforming [competitors], and I’m going to tell you why. We are not nobody,” says Kim, showing more than a dozen papers published by MangoBoost’s management team, which includes former principal engineers from Intel, Microsoft and Samsung. “Basically, we know what we are doing,” he says.

MangoBoost Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was MangoBoost founded?

    MangoBoost was founded in 2022.

  • Where is MangoBoost's headquarters?

    MangoBoost's headquarters is located at 3120 139th Ave SE , Seoul.

  • What is MangoBoost's latest funding round?

    MangoBoost's latest funding round is Series A.

  • How much did MangoBoost raise?

    MangoBoost raised a total of $65.47M.

  • Who are the investors of MangoBoost?

    Investors of MangoBoost include IM Capital Partners, Shinhan Venture Investment, IMM Investment, KB Investment, Stonebridge Capital and 6 more.

  • Who are MangoBoost's competitors?

    Competitors of MangoBoost include NVIDIA.

  • What products does MangoBoost offer?

    MangoBoost's products include Alice-NR and 3 more.

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