Polkadot. It also introduces its clients to a variety of protocols such as Dfinity and Near through the Blockdaemon marketplace.
On June 8, Blockdaemon revealed that it plans to expand node infrastructure services and hire new staff members and developers with the raised funds. The head of digital assets at Goldman Sachs in North America, Oli Harris, highlighted:
“We are excited to join them as they continue to provide institutional-grade blockchain technology to all that want to leverage it.”
Although Goldman Sachs has warmed up the crypto space through its continued investments and expanded services, the bank has taken an ambiguous approach to crypto in the media on several occasions.
Reports emerged on June 08 that Goldman Sachs had published a survey suggesting that Bitcoin was the least favorite investment asset among 25 CIOs from different Asian hedge funds.
Supporting 40+ cutting edge blockchain networks including ETH 2.0, Bitcoin, Cardano, Polkadot, Cosmos, SKALE, MobileCoin, and the Lightning Network in the cloud and on-premise through the Blockdaemon Marketplace, Blockdaemon offers access to new financial infrastructure for a variety of market participants, from large financial institutions, exchanges and custodians to small, agile crypto native firms and developers. It is trusted across the blockchain ecosystem including industry’s leading networks, exchanges, enterprises, custodians, developers, and funds.
This round adds capital to the growth Blockdaemon has experienced over the past year as they have deployed more than 10,000 nodes across 40 blockchain networks and 20 global regions.
The latest funding comes just three months after the company closed a $28m Series A round.
Commenting on the news, Richter said: “This latest large infusion of capital is another major milestone for Blockdaemon and will ensure that we continue to revitalise existing financial infrastructure around the globe.
“We are committed to a future of decentralised financial infrastructure and accelerating the ease of integration to bridge traditional banking to the crypto ecosystem … We are deeply gratified to have the support and confidence of the financial, tech and VC titans who made this latest round possible.”
Oli Harris, head of digital assets in North America for Goldman Sachs, added: “Goldman Sachs is very pleased to continue our relationship with and investment in Blockdaemon as they continue to innovate for the financial services industry.
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As the trusted gateway to the blockchain industry for financial institutions of all sizes, Blockdaemon simplifies the complicated, time consuming and costly node management process by providing enterprises with the best-fit node configurations that allow them to rapidly scale up operations.”
This funding round adds capital to the explosive growth Blockdaemon has experienced over the past year as they have deployed more than 10,000 nodes across 40 blockchain networks and 20 global regions. Having significantly increased its headcount over the past 12 months, including deepening its executive talent with the appointment of Cecily Mak as Chief Operating Officer and Demetrios Skalkotos as Global Senior Vice President of Sales; Blockdaemon will expand global headcount further following this round.
Blockdaemon, a New York-based provider of a blockchain infrastructure platform, raised $28M in Series A funding.
The round was led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from Goldman Sachs, BlockFi, Warburg Serres, Uphold, Voyager Digital Ltd., Illuminate Financial, and Hard Yaka, Boldstart Ventures, Coinfund, Kenetic, CoinShares, Borderless Capital, Blockchain.com Ventures, Lerer Hippeau and Heavybit.
The company intends to use the funds to accelerate operations and its business reach.
Led by Konstantin Richter, CEO and Founder, Cecily Mak, Chief Operating Officer and Demetrios Skalkotos, Global Senior Vice President of Sales, Blockdaemon is an independent blockchain infrastructure platform powering 25 million registered users across the system they support.
In May the Goldma led a $15 million investment round in blockchain analytics firm Coin Metrics, and also launched Bitcoin derivatives trading for institutional clients in the same month.
Blockdaemon provides staking and node infrastructure for institutional clients such as Goldman Sachs. According to the firm, it has averaged more than $5 billion in staked assets over the past 12 months and has forecast that figure to reach more than $50 billion by the end of 2021.
The firm offers exposure for institutional clients to networks such as ETH 2.0, Bitcoin, Polkadot, and various protocols such as Dfinity and Near through the Blockdaemon marketplace.
According to a June 8 announcement, Blockdaemon will use the funding to expand node infrastructure services and acquire new staff members and developers.
Existing seed round investors Boldstart Ventures, Coinfund, Kenetic, CoinShares, Borderless Capital, Blockchain.com Ventures, Lerer Hippeau and Heavybit increased their investments, showcasing their continued commitment to a long-term technology partnership.
Konstantin Richter, CEO and Founder of Blockdaemon, said, “This funding represents a significant milestone for Blockdaemon. With investment from industry leading financial technology providers and VC firms, this round will enable us to further expand our node infrastructure services, add to our growing team, and strengthen our presence in emerging markets across the globe while deepening our existing strategic relationships with global financial institutions.
Blockdaemon has averaged more than $5 billion in staked assets and is on track to have upwards of $50 billion by year end. This Series A round demonstrates the significant global commitment to revitalizing existing financial infrastructure by incumbent financial services firms.
“Blockdaemon has demonstrated that enterprises need a simple way to build secure blockchain infrastructure,” said Hunter Somerville, General Partner of Greenspring Associates. “Konstantin and the Blockdaemon team have done a phenomenal job of making the entry point to blockchain easy and secure, and we look forward to working with them on their next stage of growth.”
Blockdaemon is the foundational layer to the blockchain industry, enabling participants to stake and deploy nodes with institutional-grade security, scalability, and reliability.
Goldman Sachs has backed a Series A $28 million funding round for Blockdaemon, and invested $5 million in the blockchain infrastructure firm.
Goldman Sachs has backed a $28 million Series A funding round for blockchain infrastructure firm Blockdaemon.
The funding was led by Greenspring Associates and included participation from crypto lending firm BlockFi, and crypto-asset broker Voyager Digital Ltd, along with a $5 million investment from Goldman Sachs.
Goldman Sachs is an American multinational investment bank with a net worth of $131 billion. The banking giant appears to be paying a significant amount of attention to crypto of late.
The latest funding round was led by SoftBank and saw Goldman Sachs increase its investment in the blockchain infrastructure start-up.
Blockchain infrastructure platform Blockdaemon is to expand its presence in Galway over the next year after raising fresh funding.
On Tuesday (21 September), the company announced it had closed a $155m Series B funding round, making it “the world’s largest blockchain node infrastructure company”, it said. Blockdaemon reported a post-money valuation of $1.26bn, giving it unicorn status.
The round was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, joined by Matrix Capital Management, Sapphire Ventures and Morgan Creek Digital.