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Portal Raises $8.5M From Coinbase Ventures and Other Investors to Bring Bitcoin-based DeFi to the Masses

– Portal is a self-hosted Layer 2 wallet and true cross-chain DEX on Bitcoin that makes atomic swaps between Bitcoin and other digital assets fast, secure, and private.
– Company announced the closing of an $8.5 million funding round to build a self-sovereign and uncensorable DeFi on Bitcoin.
– Portal offers the speed and liquidity of centralized platforms with the trust minimization guarantees of Bitcoin. From spot markets to options, p2p lending and borrowing, all using on-chain, peer to peer contracts and without third party custody or control, Portal unlocks Bitcoin’s potential to actually decentralize finance.
– Portal is built on top of its Layer 2 and Layer 3 technology, called Fabric, which is an open-source toolbox for deploying censorship-resistant layers on top of the Bitcoin base layer. Fabric enables the completely private, off-chain execution of “smart contracts” for asset issuance, P2P swaps, staking, liquidity, derivatives, and more.

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FalconX Raises $210M Following 30x YoY Revenue Growth; Now Valued at $3.75 Billion

– FalconX announced a $210m Series C financing round, valuing the company at $3.75bn.
– The round was led by Altimeter Capital, Sapphire Ventures and existing investors B Capital Group and Tiger Global Management, with participation from Mirae Asset. Amex Ventures also increased its existing investment as part of this round.
– FalconX is a digital assets and cryptocurrency financial services company that provides institutions trading, credit, and clearing across major cryptocurrencies.
– FalconX will use the funding from the Series C round to expand its product lines, explore strategic acquisitions, and continue to hire great talent globally, including key executives with backgrounds at the convergence of traditional financial markets, digital assets and technology.
– FalconX was founded in 2016 by a team of ex-Goldman Sachs bankers and technologists.

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Eco Raises $60M in Funding

– Eco, a San Francisco, CA-based smart money company, raised $60M in funding.
– The round was co-led by Activant Capital and L Catterton with participation from existing investors, including a16z Crypto, as well as new backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, LionTree Partners, Valor Equity Partners, and dozens of others.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its product roadmap to consolidate all financial tools into a single wallet.

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Titan, a platform aimed at the ‘everyday investor,’ valued at $450M as a16z leads $58M Series B

– Titan, a startup that is building a retail investment management platform aimed at the new generation of “everyday investors,” has closed on $58m in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
– The financing comes just over five months after Titan raised $12.5m in a Series A round led by General Catalyst, and brings the startup’s total raised since its 2017 inception to $75m. It values the company at $450m.
General Catalyst also put money in the Series B round, along with BoxGroup, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures and a group of professional athletes and celebrities including Odell Beckham Jr., Kevin Durant, Jared Leto and Will Smith.

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Chintai Raises $7.5M in Seed Financing

– Chintai is a Singapore-based provider of a blockchain technology platform for compliant tokenization of traditional financial assets.
– Company raised $7.5m in funding.
– The round was led by Block.one with participation from Cryptology Asset Group, Collective Capital, Peer Venture Partners, and Chimera Wealth.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s business reach and development efforts.

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Smarkets Raises in Series B Funding

– Smarkets is a London UK-based provider of a betting exchange and prediction market platform.
– The company raised $30m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE), which joined existing investors Passion Capital and Deutsche Telekom.
– The new investment will be used to bolster SBK’s position in the UK mainstream betting market after its launch in August 2019, expand its reach in European countries, and accelerate its rollout in the US.

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Chainalysis Scores $100M in Series D

– Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company, has secured a $100m Series D financing led by Paradigm.
– Previous investors Addition and Ribbit increased their investment in the company; and TIME Ventures, the investment fund for Marc Benioff, also participated.
– Chainalysis’s proprietary cryptocurrency data powers its industry-leading investigations and compliance software, which enables government agencies and private sector businesses across the world to detect and prevent cryptocurrency crime and money laundering.

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Vega raises $5M to give anyone the ability to launch a derivatives market

– Vega, a startup that is building a decentralized protocol for creating and trading on derivatives markets, has raised $5m in funding.
– The round was led by Arrington Capital and Cumberland DRW co-led the round, which also included participation from Coinbase Ventures, ParaFi Capital, Signum Capital, CMT Digital, CMS Holdings, Three Commas and a slew of others.
– The new investment brings Vega’s total funding raised to more than $10m, according to Crunchbase data.
– Vega founder Barney Mannerings launched the Vega project in 2018 with the mission of giving anyone the ability to create and launch a derivatives market.

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River Financial (river.com) raises $12M Series A to continue explosive growth of its Bitcoin financial services for traditional investors

– River Financial closed a $12m Series A equity financing round to continue growing its financial service offerings for traditional investors.
– The investment round was led by Goldcrest Capital with participation from Craft Ventures, Polychain Capital, M13, Castle Island, Slow Ventures, and The Kraft Group.
– River Financial previously announced a $5.7m seed round in June 2020.
– River’s client base has grown by almost 600% and order volumes have increased by 3,500%.
– River’s recent iOS app has accelerated the company’s growth, already accounting for over 30% of all River’s order volume within five weeks of launch.
– River Financial continues to experience exponential growth in new customers and order volume month-over-month as global interest in Bitcoin continues to grow rapidly.

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FalconX Raises $50M in Funding

– FalconX from San Francisco provides a platform facilitating trading, credit, and clearing for institutions.
– Company raised $50m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Tiger Global and B Capital Group joined by Coinbase Ventures, CMT Digital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Avon Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to scale its team and further expand its business lines to support new market growth.

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Eco raises $26M in a16z-led round to scale its digital cryptocurrency platform

– Eco, a digital global cryptocurrency platform, raised $26m funding.
– The round was led by a16z Crypto and joined by Founders Fund, Activant Capital, Slow Ventures, Coinbase Ventures, Tribe Capital, Valor Capital Group and more than one hundred other funds and angels.
– CoinList co-founder Andy Bromberg stepped down from his role last fall to head up Eco.

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Xendit Raises US$64.6 Million Series B Led by Accel to Scale Its Digital Payments Infrastructure Ushering in a New Era of Economic Security and Reliability in Southeast Asia

– Xendit, the fastest growing digital payments infrastructure for Southeast Asia, announces it has raised US$64.6m in a Series B round led by Accel to deliver more secure and reliable economic success in the region.
– Altogether, the company has raised $88m in funding.
– Amid Southeast Asia’s rapid digital transformation, Xendit is quickly bolstering businesses of all sizes, processing more than 65m transactions with US$6.5b in payment value annually.
– “Southeast Asia is a massively complex region, with Indonesia having 17,000 different islands alone—not to mention the region’s regulatory and technological challenges. Trying to build the businesses of tomorrow on yesterday’s infrastructure is holding Southeast Asia’s businesses back,” said Moses Lo, CEO and Co-Founder.

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EquityBee Scoops Up $20M Series A Round

– EquityBee, a startup employees’ stock options funding solution, announces its Series A financing round, raising $20M to accelerate growth.
– The round is led by Group 11 with participation from Oren Zeev Ventures, Battery Ventures, and ICON Continuity Fund.
– The round brings EquityBee’s total funding to more than $28M.

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Titan nabs $12.5M for ‘next generation’ investment management

– Titan, a startup that is building a retail investment management platform aimed at millennials, has closed on $12.5 million in a Series A round led by VC heavyweight General Catalyst.
– A bevy of other investors put money in the round, including Sound Ventures (actor Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s VC firm), Scribble VC, BoxGroup, Y Combinator, South Park Commons, Instagram founder Mike Krieger, Lee Fixel and others.
– Titan is hoping to build on the momentum it saw in 2020, during which it grew revenue, customers and assets under management by 600%, “with effectively no marketing budget, according to co-founder Joe Percoco. The New York-based company says it’s approaching $500 million in assets under management and was cash flow positive last year.

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Robinhood Raises $3.4 Billion in Funding

– Robinhood is a Menlo Park, California-based provider of an online trading app.
– The company raised $3.4bn in funding.
– The round was led by Ribbit Capital with participation from existing investors including ICONIQ Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia, Index Ventures, and NEA.
– The new investment will be used to continue to invest in customer growth and build and enhance products that give more people access to the financial system.

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