Bitcoin 

Ampleforth Raises $5M in 11 Seconds in Tokinex Exchange Offering

Ampleforth has raised $4.9 million in 11 seconds in its AMPL token sale, according to an announcement on June 13. The initial exchange offering (IEO) was the first to take place on Ethfinex and Hong Kong-based crypto exchange Bitfinex’s Tokinex platform . An IEO is an alternative to an initial coin offering (ICO) in which a centralized exchange is responsible for vetting the token projects and investors, and then subsequently conducting the initial sale of the token. This IEO, ran by Tokinex, reportedly sold off 10% of Ampleforth’s total token…

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Bitcoin 

Swedish Bitcoin-Powered Mobile Refill Service Bitrefill Raises $2M to Expand Services

Swedish crypto-powered mobile refill service Bitrefill has closed a seed round of $2 million to expand its services, crypto media outlet The Block reports on June 13. The Stockholm-based company offers mobile service top-ups in bitcoin (BTC), enabling users to recharge their mobile subscriptions using the major cryptocurrency. Following the new funding round, led by United States-based bitcoin startup Coin Ninja, Bitrefill is reportedly planning to expand its services outside the U.S. and Europe, as well as launch new products. In March 2019, Bitrefill enabled crypto payments for reservations on…

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Blockchain 

Standard Tokenization Protocol Raises $750K in Eight-Second Token Sale

A token sale for Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) raised $750,000 and sold out within eight seconds, a news release claimed on June 11. The project says it offers an open-source, decentralized standard for the tokenization and issuance of any asset. Following the initial exchange offering (IEO), which was held on Bittrex, STP founder Mike Chen said: “We are excited to move forward with implementing a powerful funding mechanism for other companies that could potentially save billions in funding costs while staying fully compliant in any jurisdiction.” As well as being collected…

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Blockchain 

Tech Startup Fluree Raises Nearly $5 Million in Seed Round for Blockchain Database

North Carolina-based Fluree has raised $4.7 million in its first funding round for the company’s blockchain-based database system, according to a report by Tech Crunch on June 3. The firm’s blockchain database product, FlureeDB, purports to be “an immutable, time-ordered blockchain database” according to its documentation. Additionally, users can reportedly choose to run the database privately or on a federated blockchain network. CEO Brian Platz explained: “If you want 100% decentralization, something like Bitcoin, it’s going to be slow. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you…

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Blockchain 

Major Utility Settlement Coin Project Raises $63 Mln for Commercial Realization

The Utility Settlement Coin (USC) project — led by some of the world’s largest banks — has announced the creation of a new firm and closure of an accompanying £50 million ($63.2 million) Series A financing round. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 3. As Cointelegraph has previously reported, the USC platform aims to facilitate the issuance of blockchain-based currencies in the commercial and central banking sector worldwide. According to today’s press release, USC project partners have now become the founding shareholders in…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Firm Raises $4 Million From Draper’s VC Fund to Provide Uncensorable Domains

San Francisco-based blockchain domains firm Unstoppable Domains has secured $4 million in a funding round backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper, co-founder Brad Kam told Cointelegraph in an email on May 23. Following a $730,000 seed round led by investment firm Boost VC, Unstoppable Domains has carried out a Series A round led by venture capital fund Draper Associates. The previous investment was completed in December 2018, a press release notes. The new investment funds will be used in the company’s mission to provide blockchain-powered uncensorable websites, as well as…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Firm Raises $6 Mln From Major Energy Companies, Saudi Aramco Subsidiary

American blockchain startup Data Gumbo Corp. has raised $6 million from major energy companies, including the venture wing of Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company Saudi Aramco. The news was published by energy-focused news outlet Worldoil on May 8. In a Series A equity funding round, Data Gumbo ostensibly raised $6 million from companies such as Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, the venture subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, and Equinor Technology Ventures, the venture subsidiary of Equinor, a Norwegian multinational energy operator. The new investment purportedly brings Data Gumbo’s total…

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Bitcoin 

Stalwart Crypto Investor Andreessen Horowitz Raises $2.75 billion for Two New Funds

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm and high-profile crypto investor Andreessen Horowitz has raised $2.75 billion for two new funds, according to a company announcement published on May 1. The lion’s share of the new capital will go toward a specialized $2 billion late-stage venture fund (LSV Fund I), headed by Andreessen Horowitz general partner David George. The $750 million has meanwhile been raised for a sixth general fund — focused on early-stage enterprise, consumer and fintech offerings — which will sit alongside the company’s existing specialized cryptocurrency and bio funds.…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Data Firm Raises $6 Mln From Morgan Creek Digital Assets, Others

Digital Assets Data — a crypto-focused fintech and data firm — has launched with a $6 million raise from industry backers such as Digital Currency Group, Morgan Creek Digital Assets and others. The financing will enable the firm to build out a new institution-grade crypto data platform, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on April 30. Digital Assets Data’s co-founder and CEO Mike Alfred previously served as co-founder and CEO of Blackscope, a financial information company that provided data and ranking services to major asset managers such as…

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Blockchain 

Gaming Firm Unitopia Raises $5 Million to Create Blockchain Equivalent of Steam

Blockchain-powered gaming platform Unitopia has received $5 million in funding from a group of investment and financial services companies, local media outlet BiShiJie.com reported on April 22. Unitopia — a blockchain research lab of Chinese video game developer Electronic Soul — has reportedly received a strategic investment from Shuimu Fenghua Fund, Link Hui Capital, Jun Joint Venture, Digital Chain Capital and Super Brain Fund in the amount of $5 million. The company will purportedly use the funds to boost research and development of blockchain-based games, as well as facilitate the…

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