Civitai, a startup founded by Justin Maier, has developed a platform that enables users experimenting with AI image generator Stable Diffusion to share their models and generated content with a growing community. The platform, originally named Model Share, organizes AI content in a centralized manner, providing a space for users to post and discover AI image models. Since its inception, Civitai has evolved into a company, raising $5.1 million in funding in June led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) at a $20 million valuation.
- Community Growth: Civitai has seen rapid growth, reaching 3 million registered users and attracting 12 to 13 million unique visitors monthly. The platform serves as a hub for sharing AI image models and generated content.
- AI Image Models: Users can upload AI image models based on Stable Diffusion and share them with the community. The platform has become a go-to place for creators to showcase their work and for users to discover new models.
- Monetization Exploration: While Civitai is currently free to use, the company is exploring monetization options. This includes connecting users with brands for unique concepts or allowing direct monetization of models and image generation.
- Mobile App Development: Civitai plans to develop a consumer-facing mobile app to serve as a repository of AI imagery. The app will complement the main site's experience and provide users with a mobile platform for exploring AI-generated content.
Civitai faced challenges related to users posting non-consensual porn images and bounties for creating AI images of specific targets. The company's policies prohibit non-consensual porn AI images, but it is addressing concerns and taking steps to enforce policies more effectively.
The company envisions working with brands and individuals to monetize AI work, such as using AI imagery in movies, music videos, and applications. It plans to explore licensing agreements to give creators control over how their work is used.
While currently focused on AI image models, Civitai aims to expand to other modalities beyond image generation in the future.
Civitai has become a thriving platform for AI enthusiasts to share, explore, and collaborate on AI image models and generated content. With a rapidly growing community, the company is exploring monetization avenues and aims to provide users with additional features, including a consumer-facing mobile app and expanded support for different modalities beyond image models.