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BlockFi raises US$50m in Series C funding round

Fintech services company BlockFi has announced raising US$50m in Series C funding led by Morgan Creek Digital as revenue rises ten-told in 12 months

Scott Birch
|Aug 21|magazine6 min read

 

BlockFi has announced raising US$50m in Series C funding led by Morgan Creek Digital. The latest funding round comes as the US-based fintech reported a ten-fold revenue increase in the past 12 months.

Other investors included Valar Ventures – who were also lead investors in Series A and B – CMT Digital, Castle Island Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, SCB 10X, Avon Ventures, Purple Arch Ventures, Kenetic Capital, HashKey, Michael Antonov, NBA player Matthew Dellavedova, and two university endowments.

This is the third round of funding in the last 12 months for BlockFi, following six months after raising $30mn in Series B, and $18.3 in Series A last year.

The New Jersey company says it will use the funds to grow its team and expand business lines, including the upcoming release of a bitcoin rewards-based credit card.

“BlockFi’s platform offers investors unparalleled capabilities in the digital asset ecosystem. We’re excited to back this world-class team as they continue to add new products and expand into incremental areas that are disrupting traditional finance,” said Anthony Pompliano, Co-Founder and Partner at Morgan Creek Digital. Pompliano has also joined BlockFi’s Board of Directors.

BlockFi aims to reach $100m in revenue over the next 12 months and currently has more than $1.5bn in assets on the platform, up from $200mn at the end of 2019.

“The past 12 months at BlockFi have been nothing short of amazing, and if anything, it’s a testament to the staying power of bitcoin and other digital assets,” said Zac Prince, CEO and Founder, BlockFi. 

“With the support from our partners, we’re creating a platform for investors where they aren’t investing in just digital assets anymore - they’re investing in the future, greater financial empowerment and accessibility.”

BlockFi has added some prestigious names to its leadership team, such as Chief Growth Officer Wittney Rachlin (American Express, Prudential), Chief Security Officer Adam Healy (Bakkt, Palantir, various US government offices), General Counsel Jonathan Mayers (Renaissance Technologies, Barclays, Deutsche Bank), and Europe/APAC Managing Director David Olsson (Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch).

“Bitcoin, Ether, digital assets, cryptocurrency, blockchain – words that years ago were considered a pipedream are now more acceptable investment options to safeguard wealth at a time when traditional market performance doesn’t even make sense to analysts,” said Flori Marquez, SVP of Operations and Co-Founder, BlockFi. “We’re a driving force in bringing cryptocurrencies mainstream, and I can’t wait to see how the market is going to respond to what we’re working on next.”

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