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Blockchain.com plans to raise $50 million to fund crypto startups Blockchain.com plans to raise $50 million to fund crypto startups

Blockchain.com plans to raise $50 million to fund crypto startups

Blockchain dot com, a London-based firm, is raising $50 million to invest in a range of startups and cryptocurrencies, according to a report by Yahoo Finance.

Blockchain.com plans to raise $50 million to fund crypto startups

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Blockchain.com, a London-based firm, is raising $50 million to invest in a range of startups and cryptocurrencies, according to a report by Yahoo Finance.

The crypto wallet and data provider is aiming to raise $50 million. The efforts will be directed by a founding partner of Blockchain.com Ventures Sam Harrison. According to Harrisonโ€™s LinkedIn profile, the fund is already established and is currently backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Sam Harrisonโ€™s LinkedIn profile reads:

โ€œCo-founded Blockchain.com Venturesโ€“A Venture Capital Fund anchored by Blockchain.com, the worldโ€™s largest non-custodial wallet platform & Lightspeed Venture Partners.”

In addition, Harrisonโ€™s profile suggests that Blockchain.com Ventures is looking for blockchain projects to invest in, claiming it already made investments inย Origin Protocol, Coindirect, Sliver.tv, Nodle and other startups.

Blockchain.com is a well-known cryptocurrency wallet supporting Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum that also provides data charts, statistics, and market information about Bitcoin. The company launched in Aug. 30, 2011, and has since raised over $70 million from high profile sources, such as Google, European venture capital fund Lakestar, and British business magnate Richard Branson, according to Crunchbase.

The firm is facing criticism around the crypto community for allegedly interrupting the adoption of Bitcoin because of its failures to implement SegWit and other Bitcoin scaling solutions. According to recognized crypto analystย Tone Vays, the host of the Crypto Scam Podcast, the high costs of Bitcoin transactions on-chain are directly related to Blockchain.com due to its failure to implement the different technologies that have been adopted to improve the network.

Blockchain.com CEO Peter Smith stated in 2017 that SegWit was ready to be adopted by his company, but it has refused to do so.

Despite the criticism, Sir Richard Branson is convinced that this company is โ€œthe cutting edge of a growing industry.โ€ Branson concluded:

โ€œ[Blockchain.com] will play a pivotal role in this ecosystem and I see the business leading the way in a space that has the potential to disrupt the world of money and centralized institutions.”

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