BlockFi raises US$50m in Series C funding round
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 – 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.
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 , 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.
“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 (American Express, Prudential), Chief Security Officer (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, 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.”