A collection of recent funding news from the cryptocurrency ecosystem shows that despite record amounts of money raised by ICOs, the traditional route of raising funds from venture capital firms is still going strong. And cryptocurrency exchanges are involved both as investment targets and investors.
Chinese Crypto Wallet Imtoken Raises $10 Million to Expand Internationally
Venture firm IDG Capital has invested $10 million in the Series A funding round by Imtoken, a Chinese startup behind a cryptocurrency wallet app reportedly used by 4 million people. The two sides have yet to disclose any details of the company’s financials or its valuation following the round.
The founder of the wallet company, Ben He, told Bloomberg that IDG’s investment will be used to fund an expansion beyond its home market of China, where 70% of users still come from. The plans include opening a new office in Singapore and hiring more staff, after it already tripled to 30 people over the last ago. Further according to the report, Imtoken also plans to expand its services for institutional investors following the development of new security features.
Itbit (Paxos) Raises $65 Million
Paxos, the New York-based company behind institutional bitcoin exchange Itbit, has announced on Thursday it has raised $65 million from investors including venture capital firms RRE Ventures and Liberty City Ventures. In May 2015, the company obtained a trust company charter and opened the first regulated bitcoin exchange in the US. Itbit offers bitcoin traders access to both a global exchange and OTC trading desk.
Paxos plans to use the new $65 million in funding to expand its operations.