Sequoia Capital Designates $500-600 Million to Crypto Fund Focused on Liquid Digital Assets

Sequoia Capital Designates $500-600 Million to Crypto Fund Focused on Liquid Digital AssetsOn February 17, the venture capital firm Sequoia Capital announced the launch of a new $500 million to $600 million sub-fund dedicated to “liquid tokens and digital assets.” The company noted during its announcement that the new fund highlights Sequoia’s strategic “commitment to crypto.” Venture Firm Sequoia Capital to Launch a Fund Focused on Liquid […]

Animoca Brands and Venture Accelerator Brinc Launch $30 Million Play-to-Earn Guild Fund

The blockchain firm Animoca Brands announced the company has partnered with the venture accelerator Brinc in order to launch a play-to-earn (P2E) Guild Accelerator Program. Both firms plan to dedicate $30 million over the next two years toward early-stage startups focused on expanding the global P2E ecosystem. Animoca Brands and Brinc Launch P2E Fund for […]

BlockFills raises $37 million to support global expansion

Since its inception in 2018, the firm has received a total of $44 million from institutional investors in two funding rounds.

BlockFills, a digital asset electronic market making, trading and prime brokerage, has announced the completion of a $37 million Series A funding round.

Institutional investors, including Susquehanna Private Equity Investments LLLP, CME Ventures, Simplex Ventures, C6 Ventures, and Nexo Inc., led the round. Since its inception in 2018, the firm has received a total of $44 million from institutional investors in two funding rounds.

As per the announcement, the funding round will help Blockfills’ worldwide expansion and support technology debuts aimed at enticing global Fortune 500-sized businesses, hedge fund/asset managers, banks, and other institutions into the digital assets sector as well as miner development.

“The successful close of our Series A funding round will help ensure that BlockFills and our technology platforms are industry leading and continue to meet the demand for end-to-end solutions that help institutions safely and efficiently engage digital asset markets,” stated Nick Hammer, co-founder and CEO of BlockFills.

The company began as a bootstrapped business and raised its first external capital last year in May. The majority of the investors from that round retained their interest in the firm by investing again this time around. Over the years, it has seen a 400% yearly growth in top-line revenue, with spot trading volumes growing by more than 20 times on an average monthly basis since January 2020. The firm now has over 600 institutional clients.

Related: Checkout.com raises $1B in Series D, bringing valuation to $40B

In Nov. 2019, Blockfills teamed up with New York-based fintech firm Tassat to offer an institutional Trade at Settlement service for spot Bitcoin (XBT/USD). At present, Blockfills is concentrating on international growth and technological developments. It went on to say that the new cash will be used to fulfill its objectives of expanding new verticals and strengthening its market position.

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Blockchain Firm Animoca Brands Raises $358 Million to Enhance Web3 and the Metaverse

Blockchain Firm Animoca Brands Raises $358 Million to Enhance Web3 and the MetaverseAnimoca Brands has announced the blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused firm has raised $358.8 million to bolster the non-fungible token (NFT) industry and “build the open metaverse.” The capital raise follows the firm’s previous $65 million and $138.88 million raises last year and today, Animoca Brands has an overall valuation of $5 billion. Animoca Brands Raises $358 […]

3 reasons why Harmony (ONE) rallied back to its all-time high this week

Strong fundamentals, an influx of new users and a recently launched $300 million developer incentive are just a few reasons why ONE price is chasing a new all-time high.

Bitcoin price is still a ways from its $69,000 all-time high but this isn’t stopping altcoins from moving toward new highs. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that since hitting a low of $0.13 on Dec. 4, the price of Harmony (ONE) has risen 163% to establish a new all-time high of $0.38 on Jan. 14

ONE/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Three reasons for the growing strength of Harmony include an expanding ecosystem, the launch of multiple cross-chain bridges and developers interest in finding Ethereum network alternatives.

ONE benefits from Harmony’s $300 million ecosystem development fund

One of the biggest boosts to the overall health of the Harmony ecosystem began back in September when the project launched a $300 million developer incentive program designed to help fund bug bounties, grants and the creation of 100 decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) on Harmony.

Since the launch of the program, 23 DAOs have been funded and launched on the Harmony network with more currently in development.

The incentive program has also helped attract multiple protocols to the Harmony blockchain in some of the most popular sectors of the ecosystem, including DeFi, payment platforms and nonfungible token (NFT) projects.

Cross-chain bridges help raise Harmony’s prospects

Another reason for Harmony ‘s recent strength is the launch of several cross-chain bridges that connect the Harmony network with other Ethereum Virtual Machine compatible networks like Celer and Polygon.

On top of the most recent integration with the Celer c-bridge, which enabled the cross-chain transfer of USD Coin (USDC) and Wrapped Ether (wETH), Harmony launched a cross-chain NFT bridge as part of the Horizon bridge back in November of 2021.

Most recently, the project revealed a collaboration with the L1 protocol Cosmos to create a bridge between the two rapidly growing ecosystems in an effort to further expand its interoperability and help scale cross-chain finance.

Harmony is also in the final stages of creating a native bridge to the Bitcoin network which is expected to be released before the end of Q1 2022.

Related: ICON commits $200M to interoperability incentive fund

New users and ecosystem growth back record high TVL

Another bullish metric backing Harmony’s growth is its rising TVL, which is now at an all-time high of $1.25 billion according to data from Defi Llama.

Total value locked on Harmony. Source: Defi Llama

Several DeFi protocols are thriving on the Harmony network, including DeFi Kingdoms (JEWEL), which accounts for $747 million of the TVL, Tranquil Finance with $201.85 million and Viperswap with a $54.4 million TVL.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for ONE on Jan. 8, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. ONE price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for ONE spiked into the green zone on Jan. 8 and hit a high of 75 around 48 hours before the price proceeded to increase 50% over the next four days.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Near Foundation Raises $150 Million to Bolster Web3 Adoption

On Thursday, the Near Foundation announced the project has raised $150 million from strategic investors such as Three-Arrows Capital, a16z, Mechanism Capital, Dragonfly Capital, and Circle Ventures. Following the announcement, the Near protocol’s native crypto asset jumped more than 7% against the U.S. dollar. Near Foundation Gets a $150 Million Capital Injection The team behind […]