Coinbase, a company that lets people store and buy the digital currency bitcoin, is in the process of raising a giant new investment that will value it around $400 million, multiple sources told Re/code.
The world’s largest bitcoin wallet provider, Blockchain, has been a bootstrapped startup so far. But the startup eventually accepted VC money, raising a little bit over $30 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Wicklow Capital and others.
Richard Branson, Mosaic Ventures, Prudence Holdings, Future Perfect Ventures, and angel investors, such as Rafael Corrales of CRV, Amit Jhawar of Braintree and Nat Brown also participated in the round.
大物投資家も名を連ね、BitPay や Xapo に並ぶ規模の調達を実現しました。
“We are going to scale our product engineering team, we are going to build new features,” co-founder and president Peter Smith told me in a phone interview. “And for the first time ever, we are going to spend money on marketing.”
Korbit has announced a $3m Series A funding round, led by Softbank’s VC arm Softbank Ventures Korea.
発表されている金額は $3M です。日本円では、おおよそ3億円になります。
The first bitcoin-to-Korean Won exchange, Korbit had previously received a seed funding round of $400,000 in January, which brought its funding total at the time to $600,000 in angel investing overall. Although it offers an English-language version of its website, Korbit’s services are targeted at the Korean domestic market.
The company, which helps developers build bitcoin apps by providing fast access to the block chain, received the funding from a number of investors including Kevin Ryan, Barry Silbert, Scott Banister, Homebrew, 500 Startups and Pantera Capital.
Chain は、開発者がブロックチェーンの情報にアクセスするための API を提供しています。Chain のおかげで、開発者はビットコイン関連のアプリを作りやすくなります。今回の投資をした個人投資家や VC も公開されています。ビットコイン関連スタートアップにも積極的に投資している、500 Startups も含まれています。
Today, we’re excited to announce that Coinbase has acquired Blockr.io. As part of the acquisition, we’re able to welcome two of its exceptionally talented employees to the Coinbase team: software engineer Sašo Matejina and designer Samo Drole. The pair recently moved from Slovenia to join our staff of 40 full-time employees here in San Francisco. Saso and Samo will be focused on continuing to make the Coinbase API the premier tool for developers who want to build on top of bitcoin. They’ll also work on building out Coinbase’s own bitcoin node.
買収の目的は、Blockr.io を開発した2名の開発者をチームに取り込む事のようです。いわゆる Acqu-hiring です。今後、Blockr.io のチームは、今後 Coinbase の API 強化に注力することになります。Blockr.io はこれまで通り運用されることも伝えられています。
Announced today, the startup’s second Series A-1 funding round took $20m in total. Spearheaded by Index Ventures and Greylock Partners, the round also included Emergence Capital Partners, venture capitalist Yuri Milner, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and former Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang.
Back in March, Xapo’s initial round was led by Benchmark Capital, Fortress Investment Group (FIG) and Ribbit Capital. At the time, it was the second-biggest funding round in the bitcoin space.
BitPay 同様、Xapo にも強力な VC、投資家がついています。Yahoo! の Co-Founder Jerry Yang の名前もあります。
CubeSensors, a Slovenian hardware startup that is making mini environmental sensors for homes, has just received a $700,000 seed round from the founders of BTC payments platform, Bitstamp. The cash came in the form of crypto currency.
The Atlanta-based company has previously raised funding from Founders Fund, along with angel investors including WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg and bitcoin regulars Roger Ver and SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert.
With BitPay’s previous funding round, the company’s financing tops the combined $26 million that Boston-based rival Circle has raised from Accel Partners, or the $31 million that San Francisco-based Coinbase raised from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures or the $20 million round that Benchmark led for Xapo.